Boland town rocked by couple's murder

2013-05-10 08:47
Captain Sharon Blankenberg speaks to Wouter and Siegfried Rousseau in front of their parents’ home. (Michael Hammond, Die Burger)

Captain Sharon Blankenberg speaks to Wouter and Siegfried Rousseau in front of their parents’ home. (Michael Hammond, Die Burger)

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Cape Town - The Boland town of Wellington has been rocked by the murders of a retired elderly couple in their home.

The bodies of Daan Rousseau, 71, and his wife Erka, 70, were found on the floor of their bedroom, reported Die Burger.

Plastic bags had been pulled over their heads and their hands and feet were bound with shoelaces.

“It hasn’t sunk in yet. We are still processing the news,” said the couple’s shocked son, Siegfried Rousseau, on Thursday evening.

He and his younger brother had flown down from Gauteng after receiving the news.

The bodies were found by police who went to investigate after one of the sons became worried because the parents weren’t answering their phones.

A friend of the murdered woman said she had stopped at the house to pick up Erka Rousseau for a prayer meeting but there was no answer at the house. The friend said she could hear a dog barking in the house.

“I am very sad. I hope they find the ones who did this. Why were Erka and Daan targeted?” asked Naomi van Dyk.

“All of us are dumbstruck and feel helpless about what happened to two dear old people. There are so many questions,” said neighbour Arina Cilliers.

There was no sign of forced entry and police could not say if anything was stolen.

Police were investigating.

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