'I knew something was wrong,' wife says after husband, 80, is killed in their house

2017-08-05 22:52
Eric and Sannie Wiese. (Supplied via Netwerk24)

Eric and Sannie Wiese. (Supplied via Netwerk24)

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Cape Town - Sannie Wiese knew something was wrong in her home when all the liquor was removed from her cupboard and her and her husband's backpacks were on the ground when she returned from her shopping trip.

This is how Sannie described the scene which greeted her at her home in Higgovale, Cape Town on Friday afternoon, after her husband Eric Wiese, 80, was murdered, Netwerk24 reported.

Wiese was the former financial chief of Naspers and retired in 1998. 

Talking about the incident, while sitting her porch on Saturday, Sannie says called out for Wiese when she arrived at home that day but there was no answer. 

She stayed over with friends that Friday evening after the incident, and was still not allowed access to enter her home on Saturday morning. 

Her eldest son, Andri, 50, who lives in America, was coincidentally in South Africa on Friday and would’ve celebrated his birthday with friends in Stellenbosch over the weekend. 

Sannie sat on a porch with only her handbag and toothbrush while she explained how she and Andri left the house that morning. She returned shortly after with the groceries. 

“They must have gained access at the back, over the fence. When someone comes in, our alarm goes 'beep-beep.' Eric must have heard it and went to investigate. [It looks like it happened] there where you see the blood on the steps, I think,” she said. 

On Saturday, police confirmed that cases of murder and burglary were being investigated. 

Police are investigating the footage from cameras at the home. 

The family speculates that Wiese was forced back into the house by attackers after he went to investigate what set off the alarm.

There is another house on the premises, and a student who was living there heard voices at the time of the attack, but according to the family, thought nothing of it. 

When she arrived that Friday, Sannie put her shopping bags in the kitchen and went to ask the tenant if he knew anything. In the kitchen, she also saw glasses and a watch that she did not recognize.

“I kept calling: ‘Eric! Eric!’"

The tenant phoned the security company, who in turn quickly called the police.

“What if they were still inside the home?” she asked. 

The security company found her husband’s body somewhere else in the home. 

‘We don’t know anything’

“There are small things missing. A pair of stainless steel knives... There are very old sunglasses of mine which are gone, but my pearls lay there seemingly untouched,” she said.

Because the family have not yet gained full access to the home they are not sure what else was missing.

“The police doesn’t want to tell us anything. We don’t know how [he was killed]… he was not shot, stabbed or cut... we don’t know anything,” she said. 

On Friday morning, before the incident Wiese spoke for an hour and a half with their daughter Tessa in New-Zealand via Skype.

He spoke to his children every day. 

Andri owns the company Win Aviation in Chicago and Kobus, their other son, also a pilot, works for him, he says. “Eric always followed on the computer where in the world our children were.”

This year, when her husband turned 80, she invited Naspers friends for dinner and told them she will be hosting for a final time. From now on they will have to go out for dinner.

“Then it was for old time’s sake,” she said. 

They were married for 53 years and met each other at the Die Burger’s former headquarters in Keerom street. 

“If there was one person who did not deserve it, it was him. He was good for people,” Sannie said. 

Wiese leaves behind his wife, their children Andri, Kobus and Tessa van Ginkel, as well as their grandchildren Jenna, Elise, Eric, Fiona and Riaan and his sister Elise Rheeder. 

Funeral arrangements will be announced at a later stage. 

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