Dominee axe murder case postponed

2012-11-19 15:39
Martin Brits and Elliot Mhlambi at the Harrismith Magistrate's Court earlier this year. (Charl Devenish, Volksblad)

Martin Brits and Elliot Mhlambi at the Harrismith Magistrate's Court earlier this year. (Charl Devenish, Volksblad)

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Bloemfontein - Two men appeared in the Harrismith Magistrate’s Court on Monday in connection with the axe murder of Dutch Reformed Church minister Willem Brits.

The adoptive son of the reverend, Martin Brits, 28, and Elliot Mhlambi, 41, made a short appearance before the matter was postponed to 12 December.

The two face charges relating to the murder of Willem Brits, 60, in Harrismith earlier this month.

Both served prison sentences in Frankfort last year - Mhlambi for hijacking and Brits for theft, police spokesperson Sergeant Mmako Mophiring said. Brits was out on parole.

The minister's prospective son-in-law Gerhard Vermeulen, 25, was also killed in the attack. Vermeulen was shot in the head and died on the scene.

The reverend was wounded and taken to hospital where he died the next day. His 59-year-old wife was injured.

Mhlambi was arrested walking on the N3 in bloodied clothes sometime after the incident.

A cellphone of one of the victims was allegedly found in his possession.

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