Mine manager's murder accused who shot himself dies in hospital

2016-12-05 20:13
Bertie Cilliers. (Supplied)

Bertie Cilliers. (Supplied)

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Polokwane - The man arrested for the murder of mine manager Bertie Cilliers on a smallholding near Thabazimbi, who shot himself on Saturday while trying to flee from police, died in hospital.

Coenie van Wyk, 25, died in a Rustenburg hospital on Sunday at 02:25, Netwerk24 reported on Monday.

Limpopo police spokesperson Lieutenant-Colonel Moatshe Ngoepe confirmed that Van Wyk had died.

Cilliers was Van Wyk's sister's father-in-law.

Van Wyk allegedly broke into Cilliers' house several times over the past few months before the 54-year-old was shot at least eight times last week.

Cilliers had laid complaints of housebreaking against Van Wyk.

Family trying to cope

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Van Wyk had been under police guard in hospital after he shot himself in the head while trying to flee from police.

A sister-in-law of Cilliers', Arina Cilliers, said the family was trying to come to terms with what had happened.

"I just can't wrap my head around it."

Cilliers had lived on the smallholding on his own since his wife died in 2009.

Relatives cleaned the house on Saturday.

Van Wyk apparently broke into Cilliers' house several times during the past few months, stealing his bakkie's keys, the house keys, the keys to his safe and a gun.

CCTV cameras disabled

Someone also broke into Cilliers' house at the Tumela platinum mine in Amandelbult, where his son Dawid and wife Vanessa lived. Electrical appliances were stolen.

It was believed Cilliers was killed last Thursday while he was cooking.

The suspected killer disabled the CCTV cameras before striking.

Cilliers' other son Rudolf found his father's body on the kitchen floor on Friday after he didn't arrive at work.

Members of a local crime-fighting organisation helped police track Van Wyk down in Rustenburg.

The flying squad forced him off the road near Sun City.

He then shot himself, allegedly with the same gun that was used to kill Cilliers.

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