Dad pleads to see kids, then kills the whole family

2009-09-14 00:00

JOHANNESBURG — “I miss the kids!” This is what Wim Koning (52) told his estranged wife, Rendi (43), last week when they spoke on the phone.

It was apparently this that led her to agree to a family outing so he could see his children again.

It turned out to be a deadly mistake.

She and the couple’s children, Ivan (9) and Melissa (6), had been staying with Rendi’s mother, Miemie Prinsloo, in Potchefstroom for the past three months.

The resulting outing with Wim in the Lowveld on Saturday ended tragically when he first shot and killed his family and then himself.

Rendi, her mother and the children stayed over with friends in Witbank on Friday night before going to Nelspruit early on Saturday morning.

On Saturday morning the Koning family went to the Kruger National Park together where they spent time relaxing at Skukuza. Upon their return they went to Wim’s house to pick up one of Ivan’s toys.

However, shortly before 2 pm, minutes before his family was to return to Potchefstroom, Wim opened fire on them with a 9 mm pistol.

Rendi and Ivan were shot and killed next to Prinsloo’s Volkswagen Polo.

Melissa was seriously injured and was taken to the Nelspruit Medi-Clinic, where she died shortly after her arrival.

Wim then took a bicycle and rode about two kilometres to the nearby Nelspruit nature reserve.

He left the bike in a park near the Nelspark apartments, walked into the bushes and committed suicide.

“Sir, it’s not a pleasant sight,” said a still shocked Magriet Blom to Beeld on Saturday afternoon at the scene of the murder.

Blom was one of the first people on the scene.

“All I could do for her [Rendi] was to go and pray for her. They’re in the Lord’s hands now.”

Johan Lues, a relative of Rendi, was also at the murder scene shortly after the shooting.

He said she was recently granted an order of protection against her husband, but despite this, there had apparently not been much tension between them over the past while.

Thus it’s all the more mysterious what drove Wim to shoot his family,” said Lues.

“They hadn’t even been fighting before the murder.”

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