Byleveld takes on Lotz murder case

2012-03-28 08:47

Cape Town - Top former police detective Piet Byleveld has been asked to investigate the unsolved murder of Stellenbosch student Inge Lotz seven years ago.

Her parents Jan and Juanita Lotz approached Byleveld last week for help in finding their daughter's killer.

“It is the best chance that I have to get a good answer. Byleveld has integrity. He is motivated. And he has years of experience,” Jan Lotz said on Tuesday.

R1m reward

“I think we have never been closer to a potential solution than now, with all the facts on the table.”

Two weeks ago, the couple offered a reward of R1m for any information that could lead to the arrest of their daughter’s killer. A large amount of information was received.

“The most important thing is that this material exceeded our expectations. There is some good stuff of substantial value.

“I need someone who can lead the way and take the matter further.”

Byleveld met the couple for the first time on Tuesday morning.

He didn’t want to comment on the case except to say that he had been approached by the Lotzes.

'All possibilities'

When asked where he would begin looking seven years after the murder: “You start at the beginning. You look at all possibilities.”

According to Lotz there were several pieces of information that warranted further evaluation. “What I need, is someone to interpret and process.”

Asked whether he saw this as his last chance, Lotz answered that the murder could be solved. “I don’t think it is something that lies beyond the ability of a detective. I have faith and believe that we have information that will bring us to the answer.”

A combination of old and new information would be followed up.

Lotz did not know Byleveld personally, but had followed his career and read his book. “We are dealing here with an honest and goal-orientated person. This is the kind of person who has the potential to solve the crime. The other important thing is that he is objective and wouldn’t let himself be influenced.

“It is a simple fact to me that no person can live without closure. As I grow older, I have learnt that no person can die without that closure.”

Lotz said he still suspected that Inge had been murdered by someone who knew her and had been at her funeral.

  • Ken - 2012-03-28 08:54

    Go for it Piet. I know that you will get the culprit.

      Joe - 2012-03-28 09:26

      What is actually so sad to me is the fact that someone needs to put up a reward before certain people would share what they believe could help solve a murder.

      jurgen.eksteen - 2012-03-28 10:01

      I guess its the killer that put up the thumbs-down on @Ken's post ... trace it!!

      Tammy - 2012-03-28 10:06

      @jurgen - that or an early bird trol - jsut wait he will soon reveal himself - olt's see how long it takes

      Ashley - 2012-03-28 11:02

      Yup, Piet is King when it comes to finding every detail pertaining to a case. Met him on his book tour.....what a fantastic guy. He really will go to the ends of the earth to find out what happened. Go Piet Go. The person that did this, must tremble in their boots, as all of us know, that if Piet's on the case the truth will come out. I take the Donavon Moodley situation. When he was apprehended and Piet walked into the interrogation room, Moodley's first words? "What took you so long." In fact it did not take him that long. In the end he will find the person.....

      Eric - 2012-03-28 12:45

      Yup! If he can't solve it, nobody can!

  • swartskapie - 2012-03-28 09:02

    This case will most definitely be solved! I'm so glad Piet is out there, doing what he does best! Hou die blink kant bo!

  • evdwesthuizen1 - 2012-03-28 09:02

    This is going to be very interesting....

  • Neutedop - 2012-03-28 09:04

    Someone is reading this.....and pissing their pants!

      Tammy - 2012-03-28 09:35

      .... and might suddenly decide to leave the country. This is going to be VERY interesting.

  • Philip - 2012-03-28 09:07

    Go Piet, we all know you can do it.

  • Tammy - 2012-03-28 09:25

    At last! Now the truth will come out and allow the family to get closure. Go Piet.

  • eben.ferreira1 - 2012-03-28 09:51

    The Chips are down

  • Pur - 2012-03-28 10:23

    In a way this is really good news and I hope they get the culprit, but it is also sad that the family have to put up a pile of cash to get information and hire a top detective. Kind of says that if you don't have the financial resources, then the case won't be solved. Its awful that there are just too many murders and too few really good detectives to solve them, so murderers can get away with it too often.

      Chris - 2012-03-28 12:37

      Yes, but that's the problem with our judicial system too. If you don't have the money, forget to get a fair deal. If it wasn't for his family having enough resources, the boyfriend would definitely have (unfairly?) been found guilty.

  • Janice - 2012-03-28 11:11

    Yes he will solve it, and the guilty person must now be quaking in its boots knowing that Piet has taken this on!!!!!

  • mbangiseni - 2012-03-28 12:48

    Give Piet a bells!!!

  • Philip - 2012-03-28 21:40

    I think somebody out there is worried, when Piet Byleveld is on your case...

  • martin.rossouw.71 - 2012-11-15 22:34

    As dar een mens is wie die skuldige gan vastrek is dit Oom Piet Byleveld.Ek het volle vertroue in hom...Ek volg al die ding van die begin af...Sterkte

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