Syndicate behind ex-cricketer's murder

2012-04-26 10:19
A police identikit of one of the suspects in the murder of former cricketer Louis Vorster. (Beeld)

A police identikit of one of the suspects in the murder of former cricketer Louis Vorster. (Beeld)

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Johannesburg - Police believe that former cricketer Louis Vorster, 46, was targeted by a syndicate that watches people at banks and then follows them before robbing them.

Beeld reported that Vorster’s killers had followed him for almost 70km before shooting and killing him.

Gauteng police spokesperson Lieutenant Colonel Tshisikhawe Ndou said Vorster’s death had nothing to do with diamonds, as was initially reported.

A private investigator, Flip van Huyssteen, was hired by Vorster’s friends to assist with the investigation.

Van Huyssteen obtained CCTV footage and identified Vorster’s killers within 72 hours.

He is working with police. 


The footage showed Vorster leaving the bank after making his withdrawal, followed by a man wearing a hat. While Vorster paid his parking ticket, the man with the hat was seen nearby talking on a cellphone. When Vorster walked to his car, the man followed him.

Vorster did not notice that he was being followed.

As he left the shopping centre, a silver VW Golf followed his car. CCTV camera footage at the scene of the murder shows that the shooter is the same man who hours before was seen in the shopping centre where Vorster had gone to the bank. 

A friend of Vorster’s, Marco van Niekerk, said Vorster had been caught completely unawares.

“If Louis had been in the bank 10 minutes later or 50 minutes earlier, it probably wouldn’t have happened.”  

Police have released photographs of the suspected killers.

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