MEC visits De Waal family

2011-10-14 19:01

Johannesburg - Gauteng Education MEC Barbara Creecy visited the family of murdered Roodepoort schoolgirl Louise de Waal on Friday to offer sympathy and support.

"Her mother is suffering very deeply," said Creecy in a telephone interview.

She said everyone in the Gauteng education department had been shocked by the murder.

"We went to her family home in Roodepoort to express personal condolences to her mother and to members of her family."

Together with the police, teams of counsellors had been working in the school, and with the family.


"Obviously the children were very traumatised, particularly those who were friends of hers, and of course the young lady who was accompanying her at the time that she was snatched."

De Waal was kidnapped at gunpoint while her and her friend were walking to school on Wednesday morning. Later that day a burnt body, believed to be hers, was found on a farm in Magaliesburg.

Creecy said the children were dealing with fear, grief and shock.

She said she met the deputy principal and the chairperson of the school governing body, and they were seeking to raise money to pay for De Waal's funeral.

"I think that we obviously receive some comfort from the fact that the alleged perpetrator has been arrested."

De Waal's family described her as a kind, gentle and loving girl who was hoping to study tourism.

"She could relate to children and friends as effortlessly as she could to adults. She was an exemplary student... and was recently voted in as a prefect for her final year of schooling," the family said in a statement.

Savage act

"Our little light was extinguished before she had any chance to shine, by a vile and savage act of violence."

"Weezy", as she was affectionately known, would have turned 17 on Sunday.

A 35-year-old man handed himself in at the Margate police station, in KwaZulu-Natal, on Thursday morning. He apparently admitted to committing the crime.

He was taken to an undisclosed facility in Johannesburg and was due to appear in the Krugersdorp Magistrate's Court on Monday.

The man was allegedly linked to nine cases of rape and one of murder, attributed to a man nicknamed the "Sunday rapist".

In 2007, he received a suspended sentence for sexual assault while he worked as a distribution planner for a transport company in Kempton Park. He was currently involved in a business that installed ceilings and skirting boards on the West Rand in Johannesburg.

"Our family is extremely distraught and we are all pulling together from around the country to try and provide support to each other through this devastating time," the family said.

"The family would like to extend their thanks to everyone around South Africa who have taken the time to show their overwhelming support by posting messages on Facebook, Twitter, BBM and other social media platforms."

The family had decided not to comment further to protect the integrity of the investigation.

  • Ruth - 2011-10-14 19:27

    This is so incredibly sad. I cannot begin to understand or imagine the pain this family is in, and pray for them! At the same time, I do feel terribly sorry for the wife and 3 children of the monster that committed this crime. The betrayal they have had is beyond words, and the stigma will follow them for years. I pray for strength for them too. Its just a nasty business all round. There are too many victims in this crime...

  • bernard.swanepoel - 2011-10-14 20:44

    Did she apologise for the incompetance of her government and police force. Too little too late, a beautifull girl has paid with her life for that.

  • zelda.wet - 2011-10-14 23:49

    The fact that this guy was out there is an EPIC fail in the SA justice system..

  • Sue-Ellen - 2011-10-15 08:37

    I just feel that things are no longer what they used to be, our children are not longer safe, no matter where, when and what time, everyday I turn on the news or open the paper and BAM another child hurt raped or murdered, I am a mother and my heart bleeds for those angels, I know that we as parents are responsible for our children’s safety, but thing happen so quickly no matter how protective we ...are over out little ones, there is sick people out there and we cannot read there minds and thoughts or even know who they are, there a step ahead, they know that even if there caught they will NOT do the time, what R500.00 bail ect… it ridicules, I am so angry, scared and hurt for our future children, I feel that the government really needs to consider bringing back the death penalty……an eye for an eye!

  • Sonja - 2011-10-15 13:42

    NO one knew that there was a serial killer on the loose!!! Why did'nt the police, etc. warned our young girls about this man???? It is time for a list of sex offenders to be put out there for everyone to see....At least then everyone will know, who could be trusted around children/other citizens or not! PLEASE LET THIS BE THE LAST YOUNG GIRL TO BE KILLED BY A A PREVIOUS OFFENDER THAT WAS LET LOOSE TO RAPE AND MURDER SOME MORE!!!

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