'Amateurs' behind Chanelle hit

2011-11-21 12:18

Pretoria - A guilty conscience led to Chanelle Hennings killers, a “bunch of amateurs”, being picked up one by one last week.

The only player the police don’t have behind bars is the mastermind of the plot.

Those already arrested will meet in a Pretoria court on Tuesday.

Sources close to the investigation said on Sunday that the mastermind’s big mistake was to use amateurs, some of them drug addicts.


“These were a bunch of amateurs who tried to do something and in the process made a lot of mistakes,” said a source.

“They got two drug addicts to do the job. And they aren’t stable.

“When Doepie’s [Constable Gerhardus du Plessis’s] conscience began to trouble him, everything went wrong.”

Even before Henning was murdered outside her son Benjamin’s pre-school in Faerie Glen, Pretoria, Du Plessis wanted out.

He was allegedly warned that if he didn’t go through with the plan his wife, children and dog would be killed.

So, on the fateful Tuesday, he took a stolen gun and accompanied Willem “Pike” Pieterse on his motorbike to the pre-school.

Police said that seconds after Henning dropped off her son, Pieterse drove past her car and Du Plessis, by his own confession, pulled the trigger.

A week later, “Doepie couldn’t take it anymore”, a source said.

He called a colleague at the Hercules police station, where he had been a detective, and spilled the beans.


That colleague called the Hawks Tactical team last Monday. Du Plessis confessed to his part in the murder and the police started to pick up the plotters one by one.

By Tuesday afternoon, Ambrose Monye, 37, a former Nigerian Olympic athlete, Preshan Singh, 24, and Deon Schoeman, 20, were behind bars.

Schoeman allegedly stole the firearm that later ended up with Singh, who allegedly supplied it to the plotters.

Monye allegedly hired Du Plessis and Pieterse, both addicted to drugs, to carry out the murder.

Pieterse was arrested in a bar in Despatch in the Eastern Cape on Wednesday evening.

Andre Gouws, a good friend of Henning’s estranged husband Nico Henning, was arrested on Wednesday morning at a farm stall in Machadodorp, Mpumalanga.

Gouws, allegedly the link between Monye and the mastermind, was apparently “the only professional among the lot”, said a source. It is understood that police are investigating Gouws’s alleged involvement in other hits that went wrong.

“These were not professional guys,” another source said. “After the murder, the guys they got developed a conscience they couldn’t live with.”

Gauteng police spokesperson Brigadier Neville Malila said police are still investigating.

  • DCB - 2011-11-21 12:27

    and the "Mastermind" is ...................the Ex-Husband!!! - 2011-11-21 12:51

      Braam... didnt you get it all this morning????

      Kala - 2011-11-21 13:04

      Braam hasn't had much of anything the last decade.

      Charlotte - 2011-11-21 14:03

      @braam wow, thanks for your intelligent contributions. seriously, starting to sound like you are actually nico henning

  • Sonja - 2011-11-21 12:28

    Hope the evil mastermind is caught this week and behind bars forever, may they all rot in hell, so that Chanelle can RIP!

  • marazor - 2011-11-21 12:28

    "The only player the police don’t have behind bars is the mastermind of the plot." We all know who this is, move in on him before he moves to Oz, extraditing him might be a problem...

      Braam - 2011-11-21 12:47

      jip and who will it be.......we will's a 4196 case bru

      Paul - 2011-11-21 13:38

      Braam you are a moron 'bru'.

      Charlotte - 2011-11-21 14:09

      @braam well, detective braam, seen as you are so certain it isnt the husband.... then please, enlighten the rest of us, who you choose to swear at because we dont see your views, just who exactly the mastermind is? please... give us some intelligent, educated answers for once

  • Gary - 2011-11-21 12:37

    I hate it when the police go into the bragging stage before everything has been said and done. Let's just hope that they did everything by the book and didn't bungle it up.......

  • eskhonkosini.skhokho - 2011-11-21 12:53

    He must rot in jail if he killed her, The child is going to grow without a mother and the father will be in jail. Sad!

  • Kala - 2011-11-21 13:05

    Sounds like the script for a B grade movie.

  • Cuthbert - 2011-11-21 13:13

    It seems some criminals have the RIGHT NOT TO BE ARRESTED.The law is an ass.That is....very slowwwwwwww.

  • atomasicchio - 2011-11-21 13:32

    Wow quite a rainbow nation group of killers. Still want to know why? Who the hell is the mastermind???

  • Napolita - 2011-11-21 13:53

    I may sound cynical here, nonetheless I sense the reporting sounds like a building up of a plea bargain on the part/side of Constable Gerhardus du Plessis's "people". "Even before Henning was murdered outside her son Benjamin’s pre-school in Faerie Glen, Pretoria, Du Plessis wanted out." Who is saying this? The police, lawyers, the family of someone? And, does keeping quite about a crime one has committed make one a "professional"? If Constable Gerhardus du Plessis was concerned about the safety of his family BEFORE the crime and hence he went ahead and killed then why was he less concerned AFTER he killed? It's not as though he killed the people who were threatening him!? Worst of all he spilled the beans on the very same people that he was allegedly afraid of (before he committed crime) in the first place. I hope the mention of drugs will not be used as an excuse of committing the murder.

      Silvana - 2011-11-21 15:11

      Very valid point Napolita. He feared for his family before the murder and now the family are no longer in danger. What a fool!

  • elphaas.mgiba - 2011-11-21 14:07

    IF ((Chanelle’s Murder = ((Dudu Plessis’s(The trigger puller) + Monye (Nigeria former Olympics Athlete) + Preshan Singh(The man who supplied the gun) + Pieterse(The Bike Man)/ Deon Schoeman(who is behind bars)/ Drugs - Addiction))) THEN Who ordered the killing of Chanelle (the mastermind behind this cruel killing?)

  • Michelle - 2011-11-21 14:08

    The ex is involved. He and Chantelle were fighting over custody of their son, she dies and he gets custody!! Can't be that complicated to figure out!!

  • Siotine - 2011-11-21 14:57

    "developed a conscience they couldnt live with". KILL them then. A 5 year old boy will never see and hold his Mother ever again. Nail all these bastards.

  • Silvana - 2011-11-21 14:58

    “After the murder, the guys they got developed a conscience they couldn’t live with.” Oh Pleasssee. Not onlly do they not have a consciense, they have no sould. Rotten bastards!

  • flysouth - 2011-11-21 15:47

    So if the shooter had not spilled the beans to a buddy, the cops would still not know anything about the killers! But clearly it is time for a big clean out of the SAPS - an organisation itself riddled with criminals and low-lifes predisposed to criminal activity.

  • Heather - 2011-11-21 16:02

    Only a matter of time.

  • Zion - 2011-11-21 17:05

    I saw this beautiful 26yr old lady once or twice on TV then realized it was she who was murdered. So young,so beautiful and so full of life that could be read in her eyes. When I read the articles and comments then the tears return. What a waste for this sick world.

  • Samantha - 2011-11-21 17:09

    why do they not do this for black families when their children get murdered . Why is it when white kids and thus forth they go missing or they get murdered/raped etc the case gets solved within weeks. Why only do it for certain races SA is unjust! I am happy for the family there is some closure they can reach ,but why was she murdered!

      Judith - 2011-11-21 20:17

      the case is getting solved cos one man confessed....dodo....nothing to do with race

      Moi - 2011-11-22 08:38

      This was a very public killing, therefore all the attention. Also, having the killer come forward and confess really tends to speed things up.

  • Gail - 2011-11-21 17:10

    Money is what this killing was all about. Henning was a good friend of Andre Gouws - A professional(in stupidity). Andre knew Monye - perhaps because he too is a dealer in drugs and owed Monye money he couldn't pay so he asked his friend to help him out with cash and he wasn't able to provide because it would be a direct link to him but said that if his ex was out of picture he could free up some cash because of insurance and his legal battle costs being halted. Doep and Visser owed Gouws (who may have been subject of missing murder dockets) so he told Monye he would get the money provided they took out Chanelle. Schoeman stole the gun and passed it to Doep who asked a friend Visser to be the driver of the bike. Doep gave the smoking gun to Visser to drop off with Mr Singh on his way South. Investigating the financials may show nothing since payment didn't take place from Henning to friend Gouws and Henning canclaim his word against that of friend who is a suspect in other hits. Doep and Visser were desperate for their fix and weren't paid so they ratted out the link they had - their drug pusher Mr Monye. Total bunch of amateurs with Gouws perhaps the smartest by one brain cell just as cops have said. Henning is home free unless they can prove contact and exchange of money between the two for the specific purpose of killing Chanelle. Motive may indicate he is the mastermind but police have to prove that he ordered and paid for the hit.

      Judith - 2011-11-21 20:30

      I hope the whole truth comes out of luck to the investigators....may Gouws get a loose tongue....he holds the key to this...

  • Mugwanti - 2011-11-21 17:45

    The plot sickens..movies stuff.

  • guy.mullins1 - 2011-11-21 21:25

    With that many people who had to be paid, the Mastermind was rich. That Hubbys best pal has not sung yet simply means that he has not been offered a good enough deal yet. Remember, when you sing, you implicate yourself.

  • aardvarkie - 2011-11-22 01:05

    "Gouws, allegedly the link between Monye and the mastermind" - to me it sounds like you can replace the word "mastermind" with "Ex-husband". They were buddies, and Andre Gouws is the last link to the main guy? Seems to close to home for me...

  • Van - 2011-11-22 03:10

    So, the cops were not that good after all. Thought so.

  • Cristina - 2011-11-22 06:40

    Please pretty please may all of them get LIFE behind bars!! they are a bunch of suck, wicked losers, killing a harmless mother like that! Her poor baby boy :-( May the grandparents get custody now!!!

  • Mabel - 2011-11-22 08:09

    Why have the put the child in foster care if the father is innocent? This stinks. It wounds as though he is the mastermind but they just aren't arresting him. Suspicious!

  • Majoos - 2011-11-22 08:29

    Look closer to home....

  • Chris - 2011-11-22 08:37

    IF the ex-husband is involved, ever wondered what drove the poor man to this? All you have to do is look at Fathers for Justice to see just how many woman use the child against the husband. Ever wondered IF he MIGHT have done this in order to be with the son the loves so much? I am not saying it is right should he have been involved. All I am saying is maybe she might have been the cause.....

  • Dean - 2011-11-22 10:12

    Micheal Jackson is the mastermind!

  • Virginia - 2011-11-22 12:00

    ARE diamonds implicated somewhere in this saga.

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