‘Drug addict’ teen held for double murder

2014-04-01 00:00

THE teenager who has been apprehended in connection with the double murder in the Zanzibar district of Limpopo was visiting the murdered farming couple “to get his head clean”.

From what has been learnt, the teenager had a drug problem and he had arrived about three weeks ago at the farm of Will (69) and Anje (66) Kiesling, near the Botswana border.

Willem van Staden, a son-in-law of the couple, yesterday said the murder should never have happened in the house of the couple.

Family members cleaned the house where the decomposing bodies of the Kieslings were found, while their 16-year-old family member appeared in the Mossel Bay Magistrate’s Court.

Arenda Pieterse, one of the couple’s four daughters, said she did not want to talk about the murders as it affected them as a family directly.

Head of communication for the Limpopo police Brigadier Hangwani Mulaudzi said the teenager was apprehended at the house of his guardian in Mossel Bay yesterday morning.

He briefly appeared in the local magistrate’s court and remains in custody.

He will be transported by the police to Limpopo, where he will appear in the Mokopane Magistrate’s Court on two charges of murder.

Anthonie du Preez, a friend of the Kieslings, said he had met the 16-year-old teenager when he visited at the farm and did not suspect anything amiss with the boy, who was “friendly and relaxed”.

Du Preez had been using Will Kiesling’s services as diesel technician to repair his farm vehicles for the past four years.

“He was a legend in the bushveld,” said Du Preez.

The Kieslings were probably murdered a week ago on Monday. One of their daughters had spoken to them over the telephone the night before.

The family started suspecting something was wrong when they saw the Kieslings’ green Ford Courier bakkie in Mokopane on Tuesday, but no sign of the couple.

Wikus Pieterse, another son-in-law, said he became worried when they could not get hold of his in-laws. There is only limited cellphone reception at the farm.

Members of the Saamboubrug police station investigated and found the badly decomposed bodies of the couple. Will’s body was found in a room in the house, lying on his stomach. Anje was in a chair in the sitting room. She was still wearing her spectacles.

There were no signs of a struggle.

Their bakkie and firearm are the only items missing from the farm.

Erica van Staden, one of the four daughters, yesterday cried bitterly outside the house.

The couple’s other daughters are Arenda Pieterse, Marié Fasen and Hester du Plooy.

A rotten smell yesterday still hung over the farmhouse where the three dogs of the murdered couple were wondering around aimlessly.

People who cleaned the rooms wore face masks and gloves. Furniture and mattresses were yesterday removed from the house.

“We all live far away and no one can see to the house,” said Wikus Piet­erse said.

A postmortem will be held to determine how the couple died.

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