Obscenities, support at Winnie Rust murder case

2016-06-07 12:32
Nigel Plaatjies and Johannes Plaatjies, suspects in the Winnie Rust murder case. (Tammy Petersen, News24)

Nigel Plaatjies and Johannes Plaatjies, suspects in the Winnie Rust murder case. (Tammy Petersen, News24)

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Wellington - "Jy lag, jou gemors! [you laugh, you rubbish]" courtgoers blurted out as one of the two accused in the murder of author Winnie Rust, 77, made his way from the dock in the Wellington Magistrate's Court on Tuesday.

Johannes Plaatjies, 34, appeared amused following his brief appearance, leading to fury from residents and loved ones of co-accused Nigel Plaatjies, 18.

"Byt vas, seun, [hang in there, son]," people called out as they gathered outside the holding cell, waiting for the men to be taken to a police vehicle.

As with Nigel's previous appearances, his supporters were very vocal. "Ons weet dit was nie jy nie, onse onskuldige kind. Ons is hier vir jou! [we know it was not you, our innocent child. We are here for you]."

Nigel, a promising athlete who received financial support and encouragement from Rust, stood expressionless in the dock.

Residents said he wasn't cut out for jail.

"He doesn't know that life," one woman said. "He is a decent human being. He has never been in trouble for as long as he has been alive. He is an example to the people in our community. Why would he throw everything away to kill someone who was nothing but good to him?"

Johannes, however, was simply described as a "vuilgat".

"Hy is gemaak vir die tronk, die gemors [he is made for jail, the rubbish]," a woman believed to be a family friend said.

"Die is sy ander huis. Hulle ken hom hier. Hou hom sommer hier, die vark! [this is his other home. They know him here. Keep him here, the pig]" irate people shouted.

The case was postponed to June 13 for a bail application.

Rust was found dead in her Wellington home on May 11. The author's husband, Dr Manie Rust, 87, woke up from the sound of the bell at the gate around 15:30 on the day of the murder. 

When he got up to see who was at the gate, he found his wife dead on the kitchen floor. She had injuries to her face and her hands and feet were bound.

Residents shout words of encouragement to Nigel Plaatjies who is in the holding cell outside the Wellington Magistrate's Court. (Tammy Petersen, News24)

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