Soapie actress accused of assault

2010-07-18 15:26

Actress Annelize van der Ryst (62), known for her role as Matron Netta Nortjé on

the popular soapie, 7de Laan, is alleged to have assaulted a TV writer.

Marina Bekker (48), who was involved in the production of the

movie, Taxi to Soweto, has not reported the alleged incident to the police

­because she is still “too shocked”. However, she says Van der Ryst is “a sick woman who needs urgent psychological


When contacted for comment Van der Ryst, a preacher,

said: “I can’t talk to you. Goodbye,” after which she hung up the phone.

Bekker, who is believed to be a longtime friend of Van der Ryst, has since suffered a light stroke and has to learn

to walk and speak again but she remembers the day of the alleged incident


Bekker says she was in a restaurant in Linden, Johannesburg, on May

18 when she saw Van der Ryst.

“I called her and was glad to see her. I wanted to know how she


“Then she swore at me. I didn’t give her any reason to act like

that,” Bekker says.

Bekker’s friend, Cati Wainek, was present during the alleged

altercation. “The one moment everything was calm and the next moment she (Van der Ryst) said to Marina: ‘Hey, you crazy thing,’” says


“Get the f*ck away from me,” Van

der Ryst apparently


Bekker followed Van der Ryst. “When she got

into her car I crouched to talk to her.

“Then she hit the

car door against my head.”

Wainek and Bekker claim the “assault” was intentional.

Nicola Rauch, Bekker’s friend, says: “When Marina phoned me later

that night she complained of nausea and a headache. I advised her to go to the


According to the doctor, Bekker suffered a concussion because of a

hard blow ­behind her ear. The writer is not certain if she will lay charges.


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