Adopted son killed parents over money

2012-07-27 09:17

Pretoria - The adopted son of Schalk, 52, and Theresa du Plooy, 51, killed his Delmas parents because they wouldn’t give him more money.

This evidence emerged in court on Thursday in the murder trial of Schalk du Plooy, 18, stated Beeld.

Du Plooy and co-accused  Morné Labuschagne, 23, were drug addicts and friends and accused of beating Du Plooy’s parents with a cricket bat and stabbing them with a kitchen knife.

Their bodies were thrown next to a golf course.

The prosecutor stated that “the amount of blood and hair on the bat showed extreme violence”.

Du Plooy admitted stealing money from his parents to buy drugs as well as breaking into their pharmacy to get money.

Du Plooy’s advocate said the two accused had used drugs heavily before the fight, during which Du Plooy’s mother had apparently shouted at him, telling him to leave the house and saying she regretted adopting him.

  • nomcebo.k.kubheka.3 - 2012-07-27 09:26

    Shame this is a thank you that he gives. I hope he rots in jail. Mxm

      eddie.botha.3 - 2012-07-27 09:34

      Jail is too kind for him. And we have to pay for his stay there... getting fed, watching TV and exercising. For his kind you need the rope. He will never change.

      grieta.mitchley - 2012-07-27 09:59

      I knew them, they were my neighbours! Wonderful ,people and parents! Always helped the needy good Christian people!

  • mark.higgens.9 - 2012-07-27 09:34

    Ungrateful bastards

  • Marius Koen - 2012-07-27 09:42

    Cant change the genes.

      Adil Smit - 2012-07-27 09:53

      Care to explain?

      mrp721 - 2012-07-27 10:00

      Genes had nothing to do with it, drugs were the cause... Obviously you don't know much about drug addiction!!!! Being adopted had nothing to do with it for heaven's sake... I was adopted and I'm quite normal and sane thanks very much... Think before you speak!!!!

      koo.doyle - 2012-07-27 10:42

      The killer was adopted. Who knows what gene pool he comes from, and yes, genes DO play a role in determining proclivities etc. Mrp721, by your total non-logic, every drug addict would be a murderer. Yes, drugs played a role, but so did the kind of person this guy is, and yes that has nothing to do with him being adopted, but something to do with his genetics.

      hannah.amos.587 - 2012-07-27 10:59

      You obviously don't know much about a) adoption b) genetics c) nature vs nurture. ONly EIGHT percent (8%) of who you are as an adult is determined by genetics, the rest of who you are determined by the nurturing you received. In this case this child has obviously received wonderful nurturing BUT drugs destroyed who he really is. It's got NOTHING to do with genes or adoption. Trust me, i am an expert on the subject. Kind regards.

      daniel.w.gie - 2012-07-27 11:25

      correct ...

      PB - 2012-07-27 11:36

      Hannah, you might be an expert on genes, but have you been at the receiving end of living with someone born evil? If you haven't lived these people's reality, studies and statistics means nothing.

      Penny - 2012-07-27 12:06

      Hmmm, definition of an expert. An ex is a has been and a spurt is a drip under pressure.

      koo.doyle - 2012-07-27 12:50

      Hannah, I'm interested to know what makes you an expert? You clearly are not. Many properties of the brain are genetically organised, and don't depend on information coming in from the senses. There are very different schools of thought as to nature vs nurture. There are no definitive studies at all, you are talking utter nonsense. If genetics didn't play a part, then fraternal twins, reared under the same conditions, would be alike regardless of differences in their genes. But, while studies show they do more closely resemble each other than do non-twin brothers and sisters, they also show these same striking similarities when reared apart - as in similar studies done with identical twins. In fact, most studies lean towards genetics playing a larger role. Either way, expert my a**.

      byron.matthews.562 - 2012-07-27 15:08

      @adil he means that it's in the guy's genes to be a drug addict murderer. The guy is coloured. Maybe in his next life he can come back as a St Mariuskoen with a good sole. I've copy+pasted this reply so the saints can report this comment to the other saints to have it deleted again

      mrp721 - 2012-07-27 21:47

      Oh please PB what a load of crap NO ONE is born evil, that is something you either learn in your upbringing or hanging around with the wrong crowds, geez that is the most ignorant comment if there ever was one.. @koo.doyle, well then according to your logic every adopted person has some form of crappy genes in them because they were adopted, give me a break... And Hannah is quite right, i suggest all those ready to criticize her comment just because she works with this day in and day out which pretty much would make her an expert in comparison to all of you, go do your homework on the topic before you jump to some rather idiotic conclusions!!!

      koo.doyle - 2012-07-30 12:27

      mrp - I'm afraid you've lost me there. How on earth do you infer that from what I've said. I suggest you actually read my comment, before saying something so ridiculous. Take note, in particular, where I say 'it has nothing to do with him being adopted'. In addition, what do you base your assertion that Hannah works with this day in and day out? No offence, but if you want to see 'idiotic' I suggest you look in the mirror.

      anthea.lagrange - 2012-11-12 09:31

      I agree with Koo here. A number of people I know who have adopted , have trouble with the children. Sometimes it's genetics and sometimes it's FAS fetal alcohol syndrome, where the mother has abused alcohol or drugs during pregnancy. And sometimes the damage only comes to light later in life. Sometimes drug addiction is a symptom of emotional disorders.

  • anele.mveku - 2012-07-27 09:44

    Money is the root of all evil.

      waldo.adams.5 - 2012-07-27 10:09

      It is the love of money that is the root of all evil not money itself.

      Penny - 2012-07-27 12:08

      Oh goody, someone who knows the correct quote. A big thumbs up for Waldo!

      richard.roman.3532 - 2012-07-28 09:47

      sorry money is not ''BUT the LOVE for money is the root of all evil Thanx.

      phillip.mtshweni.39 - 2012-11-12 10:23

      No Anele you got it all wrong, the love of money is... not the money itself dear. Read 1st Timothy 6:10

  • Adil Smit - 2012-07-27 09:53

    The son was a drug addict - he didn't kill his parents because he was adopted.

  • straatslak - 2012-07-27 10:04

    I don't think the title of this article is appropriate. It seems to somehow shift some blame towards the fact that he was adopted (drugs make everyone equally crazy ne). Not cool, there's a lot of kids out there that could use a good home. Don't start scaring people away from adoption, you know how easy it is for fear to spread.

  • Happy Marhambani - 2012-07-27 10:04

    Stupid boy, but I can also say that parents failed him in terms of not preventing him from drugs using.....

      Moi - 2012-07-27 11:16

      Yes, they should have stuck by his side 24/7 and known exactly what he was doing every minute of every day.

      Penny - 2012-07-27 12:14

      Eish, where have you been hiding Happy? You cannot, repeat, cannot prevent anyone from becoming a drug addict. You can teach, beg, threaten, even stand on your head and wiggle your toes, but the choice remains with each individual person whether to use drugs or refrain from using. Choice, its always choice.

      riette.nothling - 2012-07-27 14:14

      @ happy, you as a parent can try everything in you power to keep a child away from certain things, but they make their choices. Now, he has to live with the choice he made of killing his parents.

  • bzondikoata - 2012-07-27 10:05

    I don't think his normal!!!

      Philip - 2012-07-27 11:54

      I think you're right!

  • tdludlu - 2012-07-27 10:17

    people lets not embark on a racial issue but deal with the issue at hand being ' drug usage', the article is purely about a drug addict who brutally murdered his parents and not because he's adopted. This could happen to any one black,white, colored's really not about color people!

      Bless Boswell - 2012-07-27 10:40

      You're 100% right. Wish more people saw things the same way

      valerie.kitanika.1 - 2012-07-27 13:23

      People,peole even our own biological kidz behaviors are totally unpredictable once under influence of whaterver substances..yes murder is fatal but this shoul not be derived from the fact that he was adopted.

  • nirosha.soobramoney.5 - 2012-07-27 10:28

    Please bring back the death penalty, overcrowded prisons will be a thing of the past.

      Penny - 2012-07-27 12:23

      Its not the death penalty we need back, its the chain gangs. Watched a bit of TV last night and saw prisoners sitting with their legs dangling outside a barred window soaking up the sunlight. I get up and go to work (and have done for over 40 odd years). These "unmentionables" sit around being fed and housed. Re-introduce chain gangs to repair roads, sweep streets, do whatever is needed to improve SA - the visible proof that committing a crime carries consequences may, just may, prove a deterrant to those who think crime pays.

  • zile.sotyantya - 2012-07-27 10:41

    The moment the snake get warmth,it strikes....

  • bongani.c.mhlongo - 2012-07-27 11:03

    Thats why people scared to adopt or take someone 4rm the street couse wen they grow up they act like a lions im angry about this

  • Sima1989 - 2012-07-27 12:19

    seems as if drugs r becomin the inn thing lately! *speechless*

      Chappies ZA - 2012-07-27 21:35


      phillip.mtshweni.39 - 2012-11-12 10:30

      That is why I keep on stressing that the government should not be lenient on these evil drug lords. Certainly if I were to be a president of this country I would literally carry out the executions myself. finish n klaar

  • susanna.smit.7 - 2012-11-12 09:23

    If these addicts could have received their daily fix (in order just to feel normal, as higher dosages of drugs are required to get a high as time goes by) for free at their local clinic, the parents would still have been alive. Destroy the drug trade by offering addicts free drugs. Besides, the people who would like to keep drugs illegal would be the drug lords themselves as this promotes scarcity causing excellent returns on investment.

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