Man ‘arrested’ for schoolgirl’s murder

2011-10-13 06:56

A man has been arrested for the murder of Roodepoort schoolgirl Louise de Waal, according to unconfirmed reports.

Gauteng police spokesperson Lieutenant-Colonel Tshisikhawe Ndou said a police briefing would be held this morning in Parktown, Joburg.

It was “with regard to the kidnapping case of a teenager at White Ridge in Florida yesterday [Wednesday]”.

According to an unsourced SABC radio news report today, an arrest had been made, but Ndou would not confirm this.

According to Afrikaans daily Beeld, the police had been investigating a man in the Roodepoort area after finding De Waal’s school bag in a car that matched the description her friend gave to police.

Ndou earlier said a grey Toyota Hilux bakkie, matching the description of the car used to abduct the teenager on yesterday morning, had been found abandoned at a house in Florida, Roodepoort.

Beeld reported that the man had been under investigation in the past for harassing schoolgirls in the Roodepoort area.

Police were still waiting for DNA results to confirm that a burnt body, found on a farm in Magaliesburg yesterday afternoon, was De Waal’s. Her family was, however, widely quoted in the media today saying the 17-year-old Hoërskool Die Burger pupil’s body had been identified by a belly ring and earrings.

Yesterday morning, a bakkie pulled up alongside two girls walking on the corner of Rina and Herman streets in White Ridge around 7am.

“A man got out and ordered the teenager into the vehicle. When the girl refused, he pointed a firearm at her until she complied,” Ndou said.

The other girl, Natasha Gordon, ran away and the bakkie sped off with her friend.

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