Chef’s charred body found

2011-02-06 22:53

Mbombela – A chef from Secunda was possibly first beaten to death with a wheel spanner, after which his body was left in front of his car and set alight.

The charred body of Charl Geldenhuys, 35, was found on Saturday morning in Trichardt, near Secunda. Geldenhuys’ body lay face-down directly in front of his burnt Volkswagen Golf.

The only way his body could be identified was by means of a sandal he was wearing.

Residents of the Holfontein informal settlement discovered the gruesome scene on Saturday at about 09:00.

The car’s bonnet was open and the remains of the radio and CD player lay on the front seat.

Beeld has learned that residents of the township saw the fire in the veld on Friday night at about 23:00.

Initiation school fire

They didn’t pay it much attention though, since they assumed it was a fire made at an initiation school in the area.

The burnt-out wreck of the car was in the middle of the veld about 1.5km from the settlement which is located about 10km outside Trichardt, next to the Kinross road.

The vehicle was burnt to such an extent that police were forced to use the serial number to find out who it belongs to.

This led the police to the victim’s parents, Nick and Hannetjie Geldenhuys, in Secunda.

Geldenhuys jnr was a bachelor and lived with his parents.

For the past three months he had worked as a chef at the luxurious Roses Inn guest house in Secunda.

“Physically he was a big man with a loud voice,” Roshalle Waszilewski, owner of the guest house, told Beeld on Sunday.

“He was always so friendly and pleasant. He was very popular among the staff and was like a tonic for us at the guest house.”

Spanner found

The last time Geldenhuys was seen alive was when he was supposed to deliver food in Secunda on Friday night, said Waszilewski.

Guest house staff became concerned when he didn’t arrive for work on Saturday morning.

“He gave one of our workers a lift every morning. We called him because he hadn’t picked her up as usual, but his cellphone was switched off.”

The police only informed Waszilewski of Geldenhuys’s death later that morning.

According to Captain Leonard Hlati, police spokesperson, a bloody wheel spanner was found in the back of the vehicle.

“At this stage it seems possible that he could have been murdered somewhere else,” he said.

“The possibility of a hijacking is not being excluded.”

  • GeorgeN1 - 2011-02-07 06:29

    A lot of very sick people in South Africa ....very sick to say the least

  • paulmandlankosi - 2011-02-07 07:14

    May his soul rest in peace and I shall be glad if the murderers can be found as soon as possible

      Bonita - 2011-02-07 08:26

      Thank you!!! He was a great man ... no one deserves to go like that ... no one!!! May these murderers burn in hell!!!

  • Jerry - 2011-02-07 07:23

    @Warren, not everything is about race(Black or White)This is a murder case irrespective of colour and we as a country need to start dealing with this problem as it affects all of us. There is not a day that passes without one reading about race and pointing fingers at other racial groups. No where in this article did the writer say anything about race. Guys please stop this Black and White "thing" and start working towards building a better nation. And yes im a black South African who is not so proud of what this country has become.

      KevinSA - 2011-02-07 10:12

      Actually Jerry, it is about race. Generally (and I mean in about 99% of the time) when a white person is murdered, it is by a black person. Everyone shouts "it is not racial, crime see's no colour etc". But on the odd occasion a black is killed by a white it is a racist attack. The mob come out baying for the racist, white, right wing, imperialist, settler, bloody agent etc's blood. Why is that a black/white thing, but not this?

  • ryanrich - 2011-02-07 07:36

    @marcanthonytaylor: You are smoking some good stuff or else you moved to an even worse place because most skilled SA'ns I know are trying all they can to move abroad and raise their children in safer places where they can actually have a future and options. Absence makes the heart grow fonder, so maybe you've forgotten what you're coming back to.

  • Bonita - 2011-02-07 08:31

    Why? The car wasn't stolen ... nor the radio ... nothing ... why kill him and set everything on fire??? Why? :O(

  • Jerry - 2011-02-07 09:42

    @niceguy...this is nothing to joke about as a life has been lost...u really are a sick person. If you have nothing to contribute, I suggest that keep ur sick opinions to urself

  • Jerry - 2011-02-07 10:46

    @KevinSA If we keep carrying on with these racial comments nothing will change instead it will get to a point where there will be "US and THEM". This must be looked at as murder, colour has nothing to do with it. apart from that where in the article does it say that a "BLACK/WHITE/GREEN" man murdered Charl. A life has been lost and that is how I see it, this is a beautiful country that we live in and its all upto us to try and make a difference and make it as comfortable as we want it to be by becoming one. The people who do such acts are people we know and the problem is that we do not report them for fear that they will never see a day in court but that doesnt mean we should just lose all hope.

      KevinSA - 2011-02-07 12:22

      2 Points Jerry, I really don't feel like a heavy political debate, however, we ARE at that point, of "us and them". We are more racially polarized now than I can remember in the past (and I was in the SAP during the 80's). It will always be "us and them" as long as we have a government that uses race all the time, but that is another story. My second point, I admit it does not say what race the killers were, however, I am prepared to bet my bottom dollar they were black. That is not stereotyping, racist, or whatever, it is unfortunately a fact of life in this country. If, and I mean if, they turn out to be white, I will humbly apologize to you and everyone else on this forum, but I won't hold my breath. Have a good day.

  • Serena - 2011-02-07 13:01

    He was a lovely man and a family member to my husband and also did our food for our wedding, he will be missed by lots, my heart goes out to the family xxxx

  • irfaan.rahim - 2011-02-07 14:14

    Until criminals are not faced with certain death the murders will continue. On the one hand the government makes it so easy to abort innocent unborns yet hardened murdering swine are kept alive on our tax contribution. South Africa needs the death penalty and that is the only thing that can and will make a difference. Just to damn easy to get away with murder here!

  • - 2011-02-07 15:07

    They will burn in hell but I say lets catch them and let them feel lots of pain before we hasten them along that journey to experience hell's fire.

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