Lioness’s tall tales

2013-11-01 00:00

KIMBERLEY — The AWB woman who alleged that she was involved when right-wingers murdered the Steenkamp family, is known as The Lioness and has a very chequered past.

Several experts in the district said Cornelia de Wet needs psychiatric help and that she has a habit of making up stories to focus attention on herself, as she was now doing with her allegations of the Griekwastad murders.

Beeld writer Buks Viljoen reported from Mpumalanga that the police doubt her version of events as it had changed several times and she could not point out the scenes at Griekwastad.

Tobie van den Bergh, editor of the Middelburg Observer in Mpumalanga, said he felt sorry for De Wet.

“She needs urgent psychiatric help. She is infamous for her tall tales. I’ve known her since she was 16 years old. She and her mother had been in my office several times, bleeding from cuts that they claimed were made by black men who had tortured them.

“I am not an expert, but I believe they had cut themselves to get into the limelight and a sort of celebrity status. She wanted to make an impression in right-wing circles. Then she had also made allegations that her right-wing bosses had raped her.”

Van den Bergh said De Wet may have projected her own fantasy life on the Griekwastad reports that she saw in the media.

A former police officer from Mpumalanga yesterday confirmed that De Wet was known for wasting the police’s time with alarming but false claims.

The Middelburg Observer reported that De Wet had been arrested at the end of March 2012 on charges of high treason and illegal possession of firearms and explosives. She was allegedly also involved in the planning and execution of murders.

Her claims range from being involved in eight murders and that she had become pregnant after a sex orgy with right-wingers.

Jaco Scherman of the Leeuwag organisation said De Wet’s modus operandi is to lay a charge at a police station and when the investigation finds new evidence, De Wet goes to the media to create sensation. “She has made many wild claims. The police know she talks hogwash … ”

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