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Robbers kill grandfather for nothing

2010-10-19 09:04

Pretoria - A man who came to Pretoria especially to make a wrought iron bed frame for his granddaughter’s 14th birthday, was shot dead in cold blood by assailants early on Monday morning.

After shooting 71-year-old Gert Reyneke in the chest on a smallholding in Kameeldrift, northeast of Pretoria, the murderers fled without taking anything.

Reyneke and his wife, Johanna, 67, arrived in Pretoria from Bloemfontein last Friday to visit their daughter, Thiana Geringer, 45.

Geringer’s daughter, Danelle, turns 14 this Friday.

Woken by a noise


The Reynekes, who celebrated their 47th wedding anniversary earlier this month, were staying in a flat next to the main house where their daughter lives.

Johanna was woken by a noise at about 01:00. The next moment she heard glass breaking.

Her husband woke up as well and looked through the window.

“The last thing I said to him was to be careful and watch out,” said Johanna.

“My husband walked to the room next to ours. The door was closed.

“Just as he opened the door and walked in a shot went off.

“I looked around the corner and saw him lying on his face outside the door. All I could see was blood.

“I spoke to him but he didn’t answer me. He just groaned.”

Reyneke was presumably shot from a distance of about one metre.

Johanna locked herself in the bedroom and tried to phone her daughter and son-in-law Org Geringer, 43, but was unable to reach them.

'Senseless'


Thiana was woken by the gunshot. She woke her husband, who went to fetch his cellphone from his car.

When he picked up the phone, he saw his mother-in-law had called him.

The Geringers went to the flat immediately. Reyneke was already dead when they arrived.

“It’s so senseless. An innocent person was killed in cold blood. He should still be here today,” Thiana said.

Police spokesperson Jan Sepato confirmed that a murder case is being investigated and that no suspects have been arrested yet.