Cape Town suburb shocked by mom's murder

2012-10-05 08:29

Cape Town - The middle-class suburb of Claremont in Cape Town has been left shocked by the murder of a mother who was killed while her domestic worker was taking the woman’s 2-year-old daughter out for a walk.

Anzunette du Plessis, 33, was found by the domestic when she came back from taking the little girl out, reported Die Burger.

Du Plessis had been stabbed in the neck.

The domestic went to a neighbour putting out his garbage, hysterically telling him about what she had come upon.

“When I got into the back room, I just saw blood on the floor…it was not a pretty picture. I still see the images in my head,” said the neighbour who wanted to remain anonymous.

“The gate (to the premises) as well as the security gate was open. That’s why I suspect she must have known the attacker and possibly have opened (the gates) for him,” said the neighbour.

Three suspects were arrested after they were found nearby with blood on their clothes. One of the arrested men had previously worked for Du Plessis, according to a Cape Times report. A fourth suspect was also being sought.

They were also found with items stolen during the robbery, the Cape Times said.

Friends and family members were too shocked to talk to the media and Du Plessis’s partner as well as the domestic worker were clearly traumatised.

  • sanda.mnyazi - 2012-10-05 08:38

    They must be hanged......It amazes me how its so easy for other people to take a life....

      justindeklerk - 2012-10-05 08:57

      Your life is worth nothing to these thugs. She saw them, and she knew at least one of them, that was her death sentence. I hope these soul deprived neanderthals rot in hell, starting with pollsmore!

      jomardl - 2012-10-05 09:25

      I know the majority agrees with you - let there be a referendum!

      edward.d.beesley - 2012-10-05 10:56

      Mike, don't be confused by this plea for the Death Penalty. It's not made because we enjoy killing people; it's made to prevent the murder of more people, if not by others who may or may not be deterred by the hanging of these savages, then at least by them. We, as society, have to do some unpleasant things to ensure our survival, and removing these murderers permanently is one of them, and desperately needed. 33 years old and now her daughter will grow up without a mother, and for what? - it's almost too much to bear. It's killing us all on the inside - we're probably all suffering from post traumatic stress to some degree. And I wish the police would get it right: This was a MURDER, not a robbery - the stealing bit is opportunist, a bonus for these scum.

      bongile.langa - 2012-10-05 16:20

      Totally agree with u Sanda, if its so easy 4 them 2 take a life why must we feel sorry for them, wy the law must protect such scambags? How many must b subjected undr this brutality nd the law still continue to protect them? ENOUGH IS ENOGUH!!!!!!!!!

  • sharon.erwin.96 - 2012-10-05 08:43

    What gives one person the right to take the life of another? How can these murderers look their victim in the face and then violently kill her? I couldn't....

  • handy.andy.3990 - 2012-10-05 08:46

    Its time to take our neighborhoods back! Why can three people just wonder around a neighborhood in brood daylight when they do not belong there! How did they think they were going to get away with it? I am beginning to think there is more behind these type of killings than just stealing laptops.

      gordon.turner.37 - 2012-10-05 10:44

      Andy you are right. Neighbors don't know each other and everyone is waiting for someone else to clean up their streets. Get to your Cpf, meet your neighbors and harass people who have no business wandering around. We all pay private security an enormous amount... USE THEM. Get them to come if your police won't to harass loiterers. Take down suspicious number plates and give to the cops. They enter that into the crime intelligence database. All of this only works if the residents get involved.

      BigChiefPlumbPudding - 2012-10-05 11:20

      Correct Handy - If crime is purely or largely socio-economic as the 'clever' folk tell us, then why the senseless killing? Why not take whatever you can, sell it and buy food? Caution!!! Yes this is a loaded question and most of you will know very well why, it's just the facing up to it that appears to be the stumbling block. Human rights dictate that people have freedom of movement. Good for Human rights yes, but brilliant freedom for criminals. We've played right into their hands by standing on our soap boxes shouting for human rights. It comes at a terrible cost.

      hummer.hlophe - 2012-10-05 22:02

      Gordon no too smart an idea to harass violent criminals.

  • Hemlock - 2012-10-05 08:47

    Shocking and a tragic loss of life....RIP and condolences to family and loved ones.

      bongile.langa - 2012-10-05 16:24


  • BigChiefPlumbPudding - 2012-10-05 08:49

    On and on it goes unabated. Day after day. I stand by my statements:

  • Hemlock - 2012-10-05 08:52

    Perfect use for the useless e-toll gantries. Use them as gallows and bring back the death sentence and hang this filth!!!!!

      lynette.venter.12 - 2012-10-05 09:14

      Best idea I've heard all week

      BigChiefPlumbPudding - 2012-10-05 09:15

      Good idea

  • Cherri - 2012-10-05 08:56

    Any sentence other than the death penalty is a waste on these b*stards who don't think twice about killing another human this case, a person that one of them had worked for.

  • Erna - 2012-10-05 08:56

    The saddest fact of violent crime is that we are 'grateful' when we come out of such a confrontation alive! And the president reckons SA is 'safe'.

  • Martha1234 - 2012-10-05 08:59

    How devastatingly sad, not only for a life cut short but now there is a little girl who is going to grow up without her mother, and for what. I wish nothing but misery and terminal illnesses on these revolting creatures that killed her. RIP you poor lady.

  • charmain.celliers - 2012-10-05 09:01

    I for one will kill the mf's if they should enter my property! They had NO right for this senseless killing! Torture them slowly so that they can suffer! It's PIGS like this that will forever more be the cause that our country won't move forward! Come on Zuma with your big mouth! I don't see you doing anything about this!!!!!!! R.I.P. mommy and may justice prevail!

  • JHLR73 - 2012-10-05 09:02

    Another day in South africa, we open news 24 and we read about another violent murder. And so it has been carrying on for the last 15-20 years. So when is the rest of the world going to put pressure on our goverment to get their act together? When is this going to stop?? Seems like it is only going to stop when it is your or my turn to be murdered, that is when it is going to stop. Forever!!

      Jaap - 2012-10-05 09:28

      Where have all the flowers gone? Gone to graveyards every one! RIP young mother. Times will change, maybe someday we will live normal lives again?

  • sherrcrouch - 2012-10-05 09:09

    So senseless and tragic !!!!!

  • rufus.manyama - 2012-10-05 09:16

    Condolences to the family! At least those dogs were arrested-jail them no parole pls.

  • ACEUP - 2012-10-05 09:17


      evan.connock - 2012-10-05 18:08

      I agree bring back the death penalty, BUT can you imagine the missuse of said penalty in the hamds of a corrupt govt!!! The innocent would die while the guilty walk free.

      johnnie.walker.7503314 - 2012-10-05 18:35

      Good point fargone. Death penalty should only apply for violent crimes like murder, rape, armed robbery, etc. Treason & political crimes should be constitutionally excluded to prevent a government using the death penalty against citizens with different opinions.

  • buti.lembe - 2012-10-05 09:21

    Greedy always lead a stupid person to kill without a reason. I wish those thugs were caught by the community instead of police.

  • omar.hartley - 2012-10-05 09:24

    How much more have to die before we bring back the death penalty? I will NEVER EVER vote ANC. Amend the constitution NOW!!!

  • yvonne.joseph.1612 - 2012-10-05 09:27

    Get a referendum going to re-instate the death penalty. Most sensible people in this country want the re-instatement of the death penalty that is why there will not be a referendum. Because the jails are full these murderers will be on the street again in no time.... loathsome bastards!

  • bouncing.betty.33 - 2012-10-05 09:28

    Just polygraph the domestic then we'll see....

      KingPro - 2012-10-05 09:59

      That's the first thing I thought of as well until I carried on reading and saw that the victim knew one of her killers... Also, while a Polygraph test will give police an idea of her involvement in this horrendous crime, the results thereof are as useful as a pair of tits on a nun as Polygraph test results inadmissible in a court of law since their accuracy will inevitably be called into question.

      Anthea - 2012-10-05 10:36

      Polygraphing opens the door, further investigation will pull the rest of the story out of her.

      bouncing.betty.33 - 2012-10-05 14:38

      water boarding normally does the trick! haha

      paula.marnitz - 2012-10-05 17:39

      How convenient that she was out at the exact time the woman was murdered. She would be on my list of suspects.

  • charlene.feyder - 2012-10-05 09:28

    This morning my heart bleeds and tears stream down my face...another senseless murder!! A little girl without a mother. PLEASE HANG THEM. RIP dear lady and my deepest condolences to her family and may they find peace some day soon.

  • wendylg - 2012-10-05 09:40

    Sounds fishy that the \robbers/murderers\ just happened to come while the child was taken out. God help this country its happening way too often!!!

      joan.hamilton.1088 - 2012-10-06 07:26

      Wendy, do you really think these murderers give a damn if the child was at home? I was attached while breast feeding my new born baby.

  • ameer.albertus.9 - 2012-10-05 09:44

    ANC won't bring the death penalty back, because it will be most of their supporters who end up executed. It time we arm ourselves against the filth who murder for no reason and kill them before they kill us!!

  • mrp721 - 2012-10-05 09:56

    What's scary is just how easy some people find it to take another person's life.. Whether they had a problem with this woman or whether the motive was just to rob her, they certainly did not have to kill her... It is so sad that so many of these people can kill with a clear conscience and not feel a thing... May she R.I.P. and may her killers get a proper punishment and if not may they die at the hands of others too...

  • isabel.ashe.7 - 2012-10-05 09:56


  • jason.vanheerden.31 - 2012-10-05 10:03

    Well they say over 80% of murders is from people you know.

  • mualusi - 2012-10-05 10:05

    A Stranger inside ur yard, Shoot to kill, same time!!!

  • briana.scott - 2012-10-05 10:12

    We really cannot count on anybody to help and protect us but ourselves. I was anti guns in my home but over the past year i see that in order to protect our families we need to arm ourselves and shoot to kill. Enough of this slaughter. I will not hesitate to protect my little ones.

      joan.hamilton.1088 - 2012-10-06 07:28

      Great idea, but how do you get a gun. It's not that easy to get a license anymore

  • zelda.dickson - 2012-10-05 10:16

    Life means nothing to them. Not much unfortunately between the ears.

  • itsdedphukenezi - 2012-10-05 10:23


  • mangena.hluphekile - 2012-10-05 10:25

    i fail to understand the people who do such crimes. The person killed for a DVD, Cellphone, R250, opaque beer etc. Why would one kill like this? Its high time people invite Mugabe to rule only some few minutes when the "death sentence" debate is put into table. Bheki Cele, kindly inform the new police chief that the post is not just an administrative post but a post which requires a lot of action. The question remains: Why do people resort to killing in such a way?

      joan.hamilton.1088 - 2012-10-06 07:29

      People kill their victims so that they cannot be identified

  • mike.clery - 2012-10-05 10:40

    Why is there such concern over the "right to life" and "humane treatment of prisoners" when these criminals have zero respect for other people's rights, including their victims' right to life? The inmates are running the asylum.

  • duplessis.christo - 2012-10-05 10:51

    My sister's name is ANZUNETTE DU PLESSIS. Please get at least that very bit of info right before you continue with your exploitations....

      sagin.verity - 2012-10-05 11:20

      Condolences to you and your family. A true tragedy.

      edward.d.beesley - 2012-10-05 14:19


      joan.hamilton.1088 - 2012-10-06 07:32

      Hallo Christo, jammer vir jou groot verlies. Jou susterskind sal grootword in 'n huis vol liefde en seker nie haar Ma onthou nie - mag sy geseen wees in ander opsigte vorentoe in haar lewe. Kontak media 24 en kla oor die swak verslaggewing.

  • natalie.bothapieters - 2012-10-05 10:51

    Thanks to Andrez for the correct spelling of her name, Anzunette. I had the pleasure of working with her 2 years ago and only have fond memories. She had a high work ethic and was extemely dedicated to every task she took on. I remember how much she loved being pregnant and how excited she was for the arrival of her baby girl. I'm shell shocked at how "worthless" her killers decided her life was and how easy it was to take. I dont even think that her killers realised that they've not only taken a life, but changed a family forever by taking away an innocent babies mom and fathers life partner. Anzu, may your soul Rest In Peace.

  • celeste.brown.92 - 2012-10-05 10:51

    Anzunette, not Antoinette

  • duplessis.christo - 2012-10-05 10:53

    My sister's name is ANZUNETTE DU PLESSIS. Please get, at the very least, that crucial info right before you continue with your ruthless exploitations...

      andrez.kolesky - 2012-10-05 11:26

      Christo, my innigste simpatie aan jou en jou familie. Sterkte - 2012-10-05 15:16

      Deepest sympathies on the loss of your sister. I hope these bastards get what they deserve.

  • clinton.evangelides - 2012-10-05 10:59

    No respect for Human Life, No respect for Women, No respect for Children, No real men. Why is the church so quite on this. Tutu hardly says anything about the crime. The govt needs to be slammed on this. If it is in your power to stop it and you don't even try then you are as equally responsible. Ignorance is not an excuse.

  • Andrea - 2012-10-05 11:05

    All good an well the death penalty will rid society of these whatnots, but where the hell as we to bury the lot?

      ameer.albertus.9 - 2012-10-05 14:10

      Cremation will have to do!

  • edward.d.beesley - 2012-10-05 11:12

    It's either a total national shutdown until the DP is reintroduced retrospectively (so that ll these deserving scum can be taken out), or we have to start considering a sort of parastatal death penalty where we all contribute cash into some kind of fund/account and upon being presented with evidence that such-and-such a murderer is now terminated, the anonymous fund managers release a generous cash bonus to the "bounty hunter". Perhaps implausible, and definitely illegal - but how is the law actually protecting us, anyway?

  • jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2012-10-05 11:20

    Just another day in South Africa where trusting, even those you know, can be fatal. Bloody savages.

      BigChiefPlumbPudding - 2012-10-05 12:00

      Ooooohhhh Sagin - prepare for a hammering. I'm going to pour myself a long one and watch this space.

      sagin.verity - 2012-10-05 12:21

      F being pc. The facts speak for themselves. let them bring it. I hate what has become of our country. The way we are forced to live and the direction we are headed makes it everyones duty to stop being so scared to speak up.

  • dathan.prinsloo - 2012-10-05 11:48

    About 2 yrs ago one of the ladies in the church lost her mother who was also murdered in Claremont

  • thabani.ngema - 2012-10-05 12:15

    The best way to avoid this, is to seek a service provider that will render such services(Domestic as well as Hoticulture related jobs), by doing so, the worker will only deal with the employer not with you as a client and there should be no dealing in anyway except with the worker only with the company manager or supervisor.

  • antonvanzyl - 2012-10-05 12:29

    or come and live in London

  • gail.haselsteiner - 2012-10-05 12:52

    This story is very sad, I'm so choked up about it. My heartfelt condolences to the family for their precious loss. I feel sick to my stomach. What chance does anyone stand against 4 predators. No more petty theft.... its about violence, hatred and killing sprees now. How I hate these loathsome pigs.. I am seriously considering other means of protecting myself and my family. RIP dear lady, and inner strength for your family!

  • jan.plank.35 - 2012-10-05 13:00

    We do as the farmers do - shoot first, shoot last.

  • igshaanp - 2012-10-05 13:17

    with all your money you still cant escape crime in south africa

  • lynette.bantjes - 2012-10-05 13:35

    Rest in Peace Anzu, My heart goes out to her family and friends and her little girl who now has to grow up without her mommy. Such a senseless loss. Please News 24 her name is Anzunette du Plessis.

  • ppisciotta - 2012-10-05 13:57

    Tax payers in SA must pay for protection of Zuma and his lard-assed wives, while we ourselves have no protection. I will start "packing heat" myself.

  • luyolo.mgodi - 2012-10-05 14:14

    They found them?? Great! Now line them up and give me a gun! I wont even flinch!!

  • joyce.beeton - 2012-10-05 14:14

    Another family ripped apart, another two year old without his mom. And all of this just for a laptop, cellphone etc. The country is out of control. The police are ineffective, so is leadership. Criminals are living in bliss.

      tony.angel.3975 - 2012-10-05 14:23

      I agree joyce,100%

  • tony.angel.3975 - 2012-10-05 14:15

    One can only ask why!!!? You give them work,you feed them,they kill you!

  • manhattan.pause - 2012-10-05 14:31

    Eish, thees tiles are the wrong colour for my bathroom -- JZ -- have a nice day