Artist's assistant arrested for murder

2011-03-14 08:24

Pretoria - The personal assistant of murdered artist Cornelius Bosch was arrested on Sunday afternoon after four other men arrested for the murder linked him to the crime.

Christo Potgieter, 26, will appear along with the four men in the Pretoria North Magistrate's Court on Tuesday in connection with Bosch's murder.

Potgieter reported Bosch, 55, missing to the police five days after he had disappeared without a trace on March 1.

The only possessions that were missing were Bosch's GWM bakkie and cellphone.

Burnt body

The same day, a burnt body with a gunshot wound to the head was found in a veld in Derdepoort, northeast of Pretoria.

This is several kilometres away from Bosch's house in Buffelsdrift.

The body was identified as Bosch's a week later with the help of dental records.

The motive for the murder is still unclear but it is believed to relate to an argument about money.

Gauteng police spokesperson Captain Katlego Mogale said on Sunday that the police investigation had led them to Eersterust in eastern Pretoria.

Four men were arrested there on Friday after vehicle parts that were believed to belong to Bosch's bakkie were found in their possession.

Bakkie parts

Police suspected that parts of the GWM bakkie were removed after he was shot in the head and his body was set alight.

Police confiscated a vehicle that was apparently built from the parts belonging to Bosch's bakkie.

The men allegedly linked Potgieter to the murder.

Potgieter was arrested on Sunday afternoon at his home in Montana in northern Pretoria.

All of the five men will remain in custody until they appear in court, said Mogale.

Bosch was best known for his expressionist paintings of flowers and dramatic and classical landscapes.

  • BilboBaggins - 2011-03-14 08:34

    Can South Africans no longer negotiate / ask for what they want? Murder has clearly become the order of the day. I am ashamed of my people.

      Rina - 2011-03-14 09:01

      I agree with you 100%

      Helen - 2011-03-14 09:09

      I agree too... What the hell goes through these evil people's minds?????

      Thangy - 2011-03-14 10:12


      Thangy - 2011-03-14 10:15

      This savage should be hung and torched!, not even animals do this! welcome to Dark South Africa!

  • Charles Kane - 2011-03-14 08:55

    I'm I the only one who thought "Thank heaven's he's white."?

      Susannomore - 2011-03-14 09:09

      Cannot be! If you read this site, then all whites are 100% innocent of everything. We do no wrong, nothing! That is why people move to Australia!

      Janine - 2011-03-14 09:19

      Didn't take long for someone to make this into a race issue. Sigh.

      paulmandlankosi - 2011-03-14 09:36

      You are lying whites are very holy they do not kill not even a fly

      AJ - 2011-03-14 12:41

      @Susannomore - what a stupid comment.

      amdisgusted - 2011-03-23 15:12

      If whites do no wrong, why was there apartheid? Susan you should be no more!

  • sonofagun - 2011-03-14 08:58

    If what happened to Cornelius Bosch was instigated by Christo Potgieter, I suggest that he and everyone else who had a hand in this brutal killing, be set alight in public, and burn till they DIE!!! Broadcast this execution on a weekly basis and experience a murder-free country.(except of course the odd crime of passion) Re-instate the death penalty!!!!!!!!! This will sharpen the South African's ability to negotiate.

      bev18 - 2011-03-14 09:00

      Well said

      Rina - 2011-03-14 09:03

      Burn them slowly - little by little everyday. They do not dererve to live

      Wendy - 2011-03-14 09:21


      GT - 2011-03-14 09:22

      Law of the jungle - 2011-03-14 10:04


  • gerickeulrich - 2011-03-14 09:00

    Lets burn him!!!!!

  • Helen - 2011-03-14 09:10

    I agree too. What the hell goes through these evil people's minds???

  • semaj - 2011-03-14 09:18

    Nothing surprises me, it is likely to be a relationship that went wrong, possibly even drugs were involved.

      Christopher - 2011-03-21 15:57

      I knew Cornelius well, and I can tell you that no drugs would have been involved from him! He was truly a man of GOD, Cornelius loved the Lord Jesus and preached His Word. If you want to find a reason that he was killed, then that is where to start looking.

  • ayankabs - 2011-03-14 09:19

    If it had been a black guy who had killed this poor man, the racial insults that would be flying here!!!!!!

      gizzy - 2011-03-14 09:40

      Too true!

      sonofagun - 2011-03-14 09:41

      Are you asking for some? It is normally a stupid observation like this one that instigates racial insults. So, my dear friend, bury the huge chip on your shoulder which has earned yourself and millions of others an unfair advantage in the current South African economy, and read each article for what it is. Would you not agree that no matter what the colour or creed of a killer is, he should be dealt with by a fair system which bestows the same brutality upon him that he felled upon his victim? Drop the peels from your racistic eyes and see our country for what it is.

      paulmandlankosi - 2011-03-14 09:52

      It is not stupid observation but a fact sonogun

      sonofagun - 2011-03-14 10:09

      @ paulmandlankosi. Here you go again. It is a stupid remark of ayankabs, and here I am answering to you on what? The facts of the article? No. To the fact that you too bear the same chip on your shoulder? Yes. Go and find a club at which you guys can cry upon one-another's shoulder, while drinking expensive alcohol on your creditcard tabs, which the new South Africa has so generously dropped in your laps.

      ayankabs - 2011-03-14 10:13

      Sonofagun, if you were on the receiving end of all the slurs we receive from white fellow south africans on crimes committed by blacks on a daily basis, you too would make this observation. So lets not sugar coat this one and allow me to put in my 2 cents worth, PLEASE!

      sonofagun - 2011-03-14 10:36

      Like I said. Find a forum dedicated to this issue you have.. Read the news for what it is, and put your 2c worth in the basket dedicated for it.

      Picasso - 2011-03-14 11:52

      4 other men were caught also, wait and see what is their color/nationality and what the price was, I'll guess R20 000 each. The race war is yet to start that you want.

  • pig - 2011-03-14 09:19

    They make u sick, bring back the death penalty !!!

      Kobus - 2011-03-15 09:56

      our problems have been solved !! oh wait ... i was dreaming

  • James - 2011-03-14 09:23

    I look at my Bosch landscape every day and wonder how someone who could have created something so joyous and full of life - a wonderful evocation of the Golden Gate area of the Free State - could have been so senselessly and cruelly removed from this earth.

  • onetickie - 2011-03-14 09:28

    Hang them High, the lot of them, be they blue, pink, white,yellow, green, black. Forget the colour, if that was a relative of yours you'd have more sympathy and not be playing the race card. A premeditated murder is murder and the guilty should not be clothed & fed at the expense of the tax payers.

  • Lettie - 2011-03-14 09:31

    Mammon, Mammon!!

  • Currie_Mafia - 2011-03-14 09:33

    Artist murdered...this guy will probably claim that he was framed !...Whatever the outcome, this certainly doesn't paint a pretty picture. Good job, SAPS.

  • Gwen - 2011-03-14 09:37

    What are the names of the other 4?

      MasterMind - 2011-03-14 10:34

      paul - uncalled for you dimwit !!!!! Racist ANC troll !!!!!

      paulmandlankosi - 2011-03-14 10:50

      I might be a troll but no a ANC see member and a not a dimwit either.

      sonofagun - 2011-03-14 11:26

      The further we go down the comment list, the larger the CHIP becomes. Shame paulmandlakosi...or is it actualy siphomandlakosi. Have you considered finding help? I might just know a good psychiatrist who may be able to help you see past the accusations, and help you come to terms with the fact that you are black. He might even make you comfortable with the FACT that you respond like a DIMWIT, and your grammar SUCKS!

      paulmandlankosi - 2011-03-14 13:21

      My grammar sucks but you read it anyway, dimwit

      paulmandlankosi - 2011-03-14 14:13

      The other four are DF Malan, Andries Trunicht, Tienie Groenewald and the k4 boetie FW De Klerk

  • simple66 - 2011-03-14 09:38

    greed again ...

  • Nice Guy - 2011-03-14 09:46

    I can see the cunning plan. He was clearly sure that prices of Pretorius's paintings would not go up unless there was a limited supply. I suggest checking his garage to see what paintings the PA has stashed

  • matla - 2011-03-14 09:59

    So white people are also part of the criminal community(just to make sure).

      alousav - 2011-03-14 10:24

      Yes, it's because they see how many blacks are getting away with crime in this country. If you can't beat em, join em.

      paulmandlankosi - 2011-03-14 10:26

      No they are not but always framed

      sonofagun - 2011-03-14 11:54

      Dear matla Mathematics is a subject of logic...if you matriculated without being "put through" after a lengthy toy-toying session(just to make sure). Just from a minority percentage point of view, obviously there will be far less white criminals than black. But as crime is naturally cultivated amongst the poverty-struck majority which in the new South African climate (as we all know) has a negative effect on the non-black community, you will find more and more of these crimes occurring from this sector. Especially since the death sentence has been abolished.

      sonofagun - 2011-03-14 11:58

      @ paul...or is it sipho... You hit like a GIRL!!!

      paulmandlankosi - 2011-03-14 13:22

      Sono, one white in jail a few more to follow

      amagwadi40 - 2011-03-15 09:46

      so sonofagun why don't we take it a step back like 1948 on how the majority became poverty stricken?

  • melhoniball - 2011-03-14 11:24

    I am one of the very lucky few that has not one but TWO very awesome bosses. For the life of me I can't imagine ever wanting to harm this. Hope he rots in jail.

  • Thys - 2011-03-14 11:44

    It is time that the Government re-instate the death penalty. Whether is is a White or Black person who commits such murderess crimes he/she should be hung until dead.

      sonofagun - 2011-03-14 12:04

      I agree. Electrocute, Hang, Burn, Shoot or explode them in public!!Especially if it is a murderous murderess!!!

      paulmandlankosi - 2011-03-14 13:28

      For whites only

      PikeLee - 2011-03-14 15:51

      @paulmandlankosi. yeah, or else there would be no one left to vote for the anc... you will all be dead

      sonofagun - 2011-03-14 16:37

      @ Paul. The art you have studied was researched and developed by whites. Why such hatred against us? I'd definitely not come to you for dental advice!

  • rix.wallace - 2011-03-14 15:34

    tit for tat... white this and black that... fukkit but we are a very juvenile society, for crying out loud, grow up!!

  • Bill Xhosa - 2011-03-14 16:40

    Aside from the tragic loss of life this story actually looks like a positive story for SA. Pros 1) the police caught the killer 2) the killing was not race related Cons 1) a talented artist was killed 2) it was a gruesome way to kill ( I presume to make it look like a hijacking gone wrong or something) Of course the you still have the issue of crime being so rampant in SA that people try to use that to cover up their own crimes. It is like walking through a park filled with litter and dropping your own candy wrapper since it doesn't seem to make much difference. It still means YOU littered. That's what SA feels like to me.

  • Mbongeleni Mhlongo - 2011-03-14 21:39

    I take off my hat for the outcome of the investigation this far. I don't care who did if but it is totally wrong and unacceptable before God and the Law itself. As I stated in my previous comment, lets respect grieving (Bosch family) and give SAPS a chance to conduct their job without us jumping into our own conclusions. I also appeal to all engaged in 'comments' to comment in a civilized manner so to uphold the priviledge presented to us. We may be held liable for what we say in the end.

      WynanddeKock - 2011-03-15 07:21

      @Mbongeleni and Bill, thank you so much for posting constructive pieces. I know Cornelius Bosch was a good and loving person, with friends and family who loved him dearly. Those who knew him will remember him for being a hospitable and kind human being. But lets also spare a thought for the ripple-effect this heinous deed will have on the families of the accused. If these men are guilty there will be wives without husbands and children without fathers. To repay hatred with hatred, will breed more hatred. It has to stop. We have to stop. Are we not all human, full of corruption, but still, created in the image of God? There are no winners here; humanity is less human; beauty is soiled and our words inflict more pain. Maybe we will stop if we remind ourselves that “the line dividing good and evil cuts through the heart of every human being."( Solzhenitsyn)

  • Kobus - 2011-03-15 09:52

    animals need to go back to the bush and get right in the head. i say book em in the asylum ! in jail theres to many freebies nowadays , even mr trevor is enjoying himself :P

  • Emilia - 2011-03-16 15:10

    Such a disgrace.... and bring the question again and again... How much life is appreciated in South Africa? Emilia

  • dogtag - 2011-05-14 20:17

    what a wonderfull country miskien moet ek ook terug keer na die leefwyse van my voorvaders en die euwel uitroei deur die loop van n geweer en die wat my volk so moor en verneder hel toe jaag

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