Couple killed at their special spot

2012-06-21 09:37

Cape Town - The couple who were brutally murdered while camping in dunes in Mitchells Plain were apparently planning on getting married.

Christopher Van Rooi, 33, and Lee-Ann Ram, 31, loved coming to that particular spot in the dunes near the Strandfontein water treatment plant and often camped out at the place they thought of as their special spot, reported the Cape Argus.

They had gone camping as usual over the weekend but when they didn’t return, their families started looking for them. Their bodies were later found.

Rooi had been stabbed to death and Ram’s body was burnt beyond recognition.

“I thought they would bury me first, but now I will be burying my son,” said a grieving Christiaan Rooi, the dead man’s father.

The couple had been together for 10 years and had a 9-year-old daughter, Vania, who was staying with her grandparents over the weekend.

Police are investigating the murders.

  • hanre.vanderwesthuizen - 2012-06-21 09:54

    Very sad and my heart is breaking for the little girl who's parents have been taken away from her. SA is broken beyond repair.

      Zithelo - 2012-06-21 10:08

      This is very sad. i hope the murderers are found and castrated

      dave.lester.125 - 2012-06-21 10:22

      Goodness, look at the headlines today. Elderly farm couple murdered, this article. Where is this country going??

      lisableeker1 - 2012-06-21 10:25

      i agree hanre. it is starting to look as though we have to get out of this country.. condolences to the family x

      hanre.vanderwesthuizen - 2012-06-21 10:35

      I have already been and I am back. I like to think that I made the right decision, because you always feel like a stranger in another country and have this niggling feeling like something is wrong (as if the cops are gonna burst through the door and arrest you or the phone is going to ring finding out someone had passed). Honestly, In my quiet moments I fear that I am still gonna regret the decision that I have made. What lies in the future I don't know, but I do know that a positive attitude and helping build South Africa is not going to save you from being raped or murdered.

      gideon.joubert.10 - 2012-06-21 10:50

      Hanre, arm yourself and get training. Yes, it is a schlep and expensive, but it can make a difference between life and death.

      hanre.vanderwesthuizen - 2012-06-21 11:04

      Fair enough Gideon, but what has our country come to? Kill or be killed? I have worked out a maticilous system at my house for if someone brakes in while me and family are sleeping, but my biggest fear is that they will break in and that I will kill them. Why must I live with the burden for the rest of my life just because a criminal was never taught that little something called boundaries and principles?

      gideon.joubert.10 - 2012-06-21 11:15

      That is unfortunately the choice we are forced into. No, it is not easy nor pleasant to even consider it, but I would rather be alive and with my family than another statistic 6 feet under. We live in a warzone: criminals vs us.

      denis.gomo - 2012-06-21 12:12

      True. No wonder SA is bottom on the happy countries list. If they wanted cell phones or money, why go ahead and kill the couple?

      Carl - 2012-06-21 18:59

      There is no more Governance in South Africa....I think we are clearly one of the most unhappy countries in the World.

      dustin.dewet - 2012-06-22 13:04

      Very sad incident, unfortunately for us as SA citizens these headlines are seen in our newspapers on a daily basis. Personally I would like to see the Government bring back the death penalty for crimes such as this. Also any paedophiles/serial rapists should either be castrated or receive the death penalty. Government officials found guilty of corruption should receive a mandatory 15 year sentence without time off for good behaviour or terminal illness. Government should also enable law abiding citizens to better protect themselves by passing the "make my day law" as used in almost 30 USA states. Also stop prohibiting what firearms I can own and what not. Each household should be allowed 1 fully automatic rifle/submachine gun to counter any threat potential criminals may pose. Bring back corporal punishment for minor crimes. The only human rights that should be protected are those of the law abiding citizen. Criminals should realise that there are dire consequences should they be caught.

      jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2012-06-22 13:32

      Hanre and now that you are back has the niggling feeling left you?. I know what it is like to live overseas and have thoughts of home. Funny these mind gamnes one play with yourself isn't it?.

      hanre.vanderwesthuizen - 2012-06-22 14:06

      Hi Jacqui, yes that feeling has left me and I never want it back again. I suspect that if you are still living abroad that you know exactely what I am talking about, but could just never quite put your finger on it, hence I like to refer to it as a 'niggling feeling'. I never knew what it was or how to explain to somebody what I was feeling until one day when a big group of us International students came together, we somehow got onto the conversation and figured that all of us coming from all different parts of the world had that exact same 'niggling feeling'... and it never goes away until you put your feet on home soil again.

      Oom - 2012-06-22 16:07

      R.I.P. And the sad part is, they will probably never catch the cowardly scum that perpetrated this senseless killing of these young lovers....WTF are we going to do to stop this wave of crime that holds our lives in the balance...???

  • gideon.joubert.10 - 2012-06-21 09:58

    Shocking. Senseless. Another day in SA. When are we as citizens going to take back our streets, our cities, and our country from the criminal scumbags that rob, rape, and murder without consequence? It is time for the government and the police to give us more power to protect ourselves, since they obviously cannot do it!

      denis.gomo - 2012-06-21 12:28

      There was a story about a soldier who investigated and found his daughter's killers after the police had failed...he should be hired and help find these animals.

      Oom - 2012-06-22 16:15

      I wonder if anybody from parliament ever finds the time to read the stuff we write..? I wish they would read this page, they will better understand the pain that we feel for each other. We don’t know nor do we care what colour we are, we just print how we feel. The government have no idea that we the people on the ground have overcome our differences to large degree. This page is a fine example of how we feel for and with each other. We are all people of our land and we all care for each other. It’s just those lost few that govern us that don’t fully understand that pain to one human, is pain to us all. Vote for another party folks, one that cares about how we feel about each other.R.I.P

  • erromel - 2012-06-21 10:00

    It is indeed very said and at the same time prayer are with the families...and to the South African Police: "The Prisons Are Too crowded" you get the message?

      denis.gomo - 2012-06-21 12:16

      I get your message...I also think the so called Cato Ridge Manor boys had their eyes on the ball...even though their modus operandi was controversial...but their therapy was the kind of herapy SA needs to deal with killers in SA.

      Heibrin - 2012-06-22 05:21

      The police simply killing criminals isn't the answer: don't steep to their (the criminals's) level, rather raise them up to yours. What is desperately needed is reform of the prison system: hard labor needs to be brought back, as well as corporal punishment for lesser offences and removal of rights such as the right to vote; in that way the criminals wouldn't see a prison sentence as a free ride to three meals a day and a warm bed to sleep in, and lesser crimes wouldn't result in the prisons filling up. Nothing like six of the best to cure light fingers!!

  • Rob - 2012-06-21 10:08

    Why ?

      lebogang.molefo - 2012-06-21 10:10

      Because there are some cowards out there who have no regards who human life. *angry*

      juanita.human.90 - 2012-06-21 23:18

      Becuase they can,nothings going to happen to them.....

  • Bernice - 2012-06-21 10:09

    I try very hard to stay positve and always see the good in things. But I can tell you I am getting tired. I sometimes feel there is no hope left for our broken country. Our country is in a SAD STATE, its broken and I sometimes doubt it can be mended.

  • samantha.5243 - 2012-06-21 10:10

    this is very sad....what hope do we have?-

      zeb.rakolote - 2012-06-21 21:07


  • spratt04 - 2012-06-21 10:12

    I am so sick and tired of the crime here and no one helps - it is beyond pathetic!!!!

  • Sharon - 2012-06-21 10:12

    She was obviously raped hence the birning of her body beyond recognition! Very sad and sickening.

  • micellv - 2012-06-21 10:18

    May Vania grow up with faith that maybe one day our country will be a safe place. Maybe not today or tomorrow...but one fine day. I'm sorry my girl...

  • mark.govender.94 - 2012-06-21 10:25


  • angela.godlive - 2012-06-21 10:30

    There is no other news in South Africa than this, The Country needs a spirtual release . This is a spritual problem .

      jerry.kb - 2012-06-21 10:39

      you are rite, Angela

      brian.exmachina - 2012-06-21 11:28

      Morals have nothing to do with spirituality

  • neljenna - 2012-06-21 10:34

    Ek se nog steeds bring die doodstraf terug.. Dit is al wat ons land gaan red. Die etters wat dood maak sonder enige rede as ook die verkragters en molesteerdes moet vrek! Finish en klaar.

  • angela.godlive - 2012-06-21 10:36

    We need to implement a death sentence system, Criminals needs to be put to death for such crime.

      erromel - 2012-06-21 11:19

      No Angela you will be acused of TENDENCIES by some ANCYL guys... tell the Cops "Our Jails are Over crowded". they should know what it means. It is Time to make tax payers money work for something else.

      Cassandra Eileen Olivier - 2012-06-21 11:26

      They will never bring back the death penalty cause the cANCer knows has soon has they do they will loose votes

      jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2012-06-22 13:35

      Angela, how does a spiritual solution and the death sentence work together?.

  • jerry.kb - 2012-06-21 10:40

    Find them killers, torture them. Prick needles under each of their nails. Make them understand the enormity of their crime. Have them beg for mercy killing. Make hundred of cuts all over their bodies and smear all over them the hottest chili you can find. Mix it with sea salt. Hang the bastards in public , ... by the balls until they they are no more !!!

      jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2012-06-22 13:36

      Jerry, in other words stoop to the same level as the perpetrators?.

  • warwick.oostendorp - 2012-06-21 10:43

    Substitute "tikking" for "camping"and you have it right. The area is well-known as a staging area for robberies and burglaries as well as drugging hangout. It is a bushy area adjacent to residential Rocklands. No-one deserves to be killed in this manner and my heart bleeds for the little daughter.

  • Gregory - 2012-06-21 10:49

    and the pres said recently in parliament that we can feel safe in SA.

      Patsy - 2012-06-22 14:18

      Ha frigging ha! Only a total idiot could claim something so obviously stupid and false

  • Gavin - 2012-06-21 10:50

    I know this is wrong/harsh but I wish that the ANC would reap the crop they have sewn in SA. With an incompetent/useless/corrupt president and government, criminals now rule SA as they feel nothing but contempt for enforcement of law in great country. if I had the ability, I would return madiba to a very young age so that he could kick the ANC in its f'ing ass and pull SA back from the edge of the abyss.

  • - 2012-06-21 10:51

    on and on it goes .. we murder, rape, torture, harm, steal .. because we can.

  • clivegoss - 2012-06-21 10:53

    I hope the family find the "braaing butchers" first. Then do what comes naturally. Sick SA need jungle justice.

  • cliff.slabbert - 2012-06-21 11:16

    Bring back the death for the murderous cowardly scum of the earth that plague our country and be done with them - Enough is enough!

      cliff.slabbert - 2012-06-21 11:36

      But to bring the perpetrators to justice, our generally more than useless or corrupted or just plain disillusioned SAPS have to do some REAL POLICE WORK to apprehend the murdering lowlife. We live in very sad times for a peace loving South African majority.

  • stephen.j.dickson.3 - 2012-06-21 11:19

    To all those sell-out, got it too good whitey's that sold us out with a "yes" vote in 1992 : Are you happy now? Well are you, you liberal,no hope,no good wastes of space and oxygen.

      brenda.yelvertonburns - 2012-06-21 11:23

      Stephen, did you engage your 'think' button before you posted that comment? Honestly..... where do you think SA would be if all the 'sell-out, got it too good whitey liberals' had voted NO? You cannot be naive enough to think something like Apartheid could have lasted for eternity!!!

      cliff.slabbert - 2012-06-21 11:42

      Grow a brain Dickson!

      jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2012-06-22 13:42

      Stephen, if it weren't for those whites, you would live in a country filled with violence and mayhem as you have never seen. Or maybe, if you were lucky, you would have been one of the lucky ones to find a place on a ship taking you somewhere else where they were prepared to accept you as refugee. What is happening here is the fault of a sick, ignorant, corrupt government. Do you honestly think it fair to blame this on those that voted for change?.

  • brenda.yelvertonburns - 2012-06-21 11:21

    There was a time I was deeply proud to be South African. But we have become a country notorious for its rapes, murders, hijackings and drug-trafficking. Not much left to be proud of, is there?

      cliff.slabbert - 2012-06-21 11:45

      You are so right Brenda but we have to stand up to cancer that is trying to ravage our country!

      pisciotta - 2012-06-21 20:54

      Brenda - no, there is indeed nothing for SA citizens to be proud of save the land itself. The world forced SA to take charge of itself in a way that satisfied an ideal. Little did the world know that SA was not ready to handle it.

  • Cassandra Eileen Olivier - 2012-06-21 11:23

    When is the cANCer going to realize that instead of letting these monsters out of Jail cause there's not enough space just simple bring back the death penalty.

  • Gregory - 2012-06-21 11:23

    We need something like that crime fighting unit they had in Durban all over SA, but instead they are now in trouble for dealing with the criminals the correct way.Their methods are the only methods an SA criminal is afraid of - they don't fear going to prison.

      Cassandra Eileen Olivier - 2012-06-21 11:32

      We need to make our prisons like the Thailand and Chinese

  • goempie.eend - 2012-06-21 11:51


  • darren.peach - 2012-06-21 12:05

    SA, The land of Tolerance...

  • mrp721 - 2012-06-21 12:08

    So sad that now another child has to grow up without her parents because of the selfish acts of others. I really hope they are caught and punished accordingly..

  • Joubs1957 - 2012-06-21 12:13

    THIS IS EXACTLY WHY THE SAPS NEED A NEW LEADER. and not some nice lady with nice clothes and painted toenails who doesnt understand what "crime intelligence" is!!!!!

  • Freedom - 2012-06-21 13:35

    wat if they catch those murderers.. 3 yrs of trial and then 5 yrs imprisonment at the Hotel Pollsmoor.. MR PRESIDENT BRING BACK THE DEATH PENALTY IN THE WESTERN CAPE!!! I am tired of being a prisoner in my own home, thanking my lucky stars for everyday i make it alive!!!!

  • donovan.hendricks.7 - 2012-06-21 16:01

    I grew up in the Mitchells plain area and stayed there for almost 25 years and I knew the lady victim and her late mom,but for the life of me,why would they go to their special place at 1am in the morning,taking knowing how dangerous those hills are,infact the whole of mitchells plain is dangerous at night.anyway my deepest condolences to the bereaved families.

      jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2012-06-22 13:45

      Donovan. and I am old enough to remember the days we went to Mitchell's plain at one in the morning to buy samoosas. Why that makes me positively ancient.

      john.versfeld.9 - 2012-06-22 14:05

      Donovan, agree completely. Deepest condolences, but understand if the couple were not aware of the dangers, but to go to that location at 1am to enjoy the view and the stars? I would rather kiss Mugabe, and vote for the ANCYL.. (ok, maybe not that drastic, but you get the message. Hope they catch them quick, and the punishment fits the crime

  • Brilliantx - 2012-06-21 16:09

    This is the nonsence that SA nust eradicate.

  • gary.golding13 - 2012-06-21 16:16

    It is a sad state of affairs this beautiful country and lovely people find ourselves in, because of a Government incapable of managing the few delinquent killers, rapists and thieves. "Die the Beloved Country"? Bring back "The Death Penalty"...

  • jennifer.bezdek.1 - 2012-06-21 18:40

    Aaaahhhhhhhhhhhh. This is so sad and a little girl is left without parents.

      Arvin - 2012-06-21 23:13

      It really is Jen. my condolences to the young girl and the rest of her family. *very sad*

  • alvin.brijlal - 2012-06-21 18:54

    this is so sad. When r we as a nation going to stand together and show these criminals we r in charge. We march 4 paintings, malema, Zuma etc. lets march together against these crimes that are bringing pain and shame to our nation.

  • BulletProof. - 2012-06-21 19:01

    This is day of our lifes or I should say this is our daily lifes. How many people is killed a day in our country?It is not changing for better, the police does nothing to find this prepetrators and prevent this crimes.When they ctch one than is big news.

  • Carl - 2012-06-21 19:01

    Bring back the DEATH SENTENCE !!!!

  • puse.mabuza - 2012-06-21 20:17

    Truly sad. Why why i wish i can understand. I beleive in Karma someday they will all pay mayb not now mayb not tomorrow but someday the will. No sin goes unpunished.

  • pisciotta - 2012-06-21 20:48

    If SA will not reinstate the death penalty then put these ANIMALS naked in the bush and let them fend for themselves. Cruel? Cruel is having SA citizens pay to keep this trash alive.

  • Sagin - 2012-06-21 20:49

    Cry,my beloved country. Where have You gone? I see you no more. My Love for You has turned to shame.

  • zeb.rakolote - 2012-06-21 21:17

    What does it help to complain anymore? Lets just wait and see whose daughter or wife or mother or sister is next! It will definitely be me or you. If the dogs get caught,they will be paroled. If not paroled,they will be helped to escape.If they stay in jail,they will come out with degrees. When we complain we will be called unpatriotic. This rubbish would not happen in Egypt nd Tunisia. For us it will just worsen!

  • shaun.mcbride.98 - 2012-06-22 07:52

    only one solution bring back death penalty!!!

  • Dianne - 2012-06-22 08:22

    RIP and may the sick bastards who murdered you rot in hell for all eternity. Condolences to the families and in particular their little girl.

  • fredster.mania.5 - 2012-06-22 08:29


      jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2012-06-22 13:51

      Fredster69, Zuma is enjoying the good life in Mexico at the moment. A murder. more or less. do not worry the big man. They are mere trivialties, maybe to flee, as thought, through his sorry excuse for a brain while cutting into his juicy Argentinian stake with the rest of his thinking already on the pudding to follow.

  • montebenard - 2012-06-22 08:53

    @Zitheo..castrated? my country, if the justice system fails, the community (the community always knows who the culprits are) hunt the murderers down and get rid of them....I am talking about Kenya...Killers should be killed too........period....that is what is called justice

      jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2012-06-22 13:52

      Montebenard, so get started on the poachers then.

  • hazel.benoliel - 2012-06-22 09:02

    i am starting to hate SA NOW!....

      jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2012-06-22 13:55

      Hazel hating our country won't help. We have to get rid of this scurge called government. Everyone helping them to stay in office is partly guilty of these crimes.Everytime they vote for them, they vote for another funeral and another orphan.

  • phosa.peter2 - 2012-06-22 09:07

    But' why can't we shift the power of governance to some1 else,eg. DA or millitary just to compare with the current ruling party be'cos it seems they ll never win a fight against crime hence they shows no sympathy at all to the sad nation of s.a..time start now to forsee your cross in the ballot box, especially we the blacks..'just to compare'.

  • Keigan - 2012-06-22 09:22

    Every single outdoor activity that South Africans used to enjoy have become so dangerous. Camping, hiking, picnics at a park, cycling, walking on the beach. When is the government going to wake up! I'm so sick of this! I hope these criminals are caught by an angry mob after they do this type of thing in a township. At least the residents of those places know how to deal out the appropriate punishment, unlike the SA Criminal Justice System.

      jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2012-06-22 13:56

      Keigan, you just voiced my feelings too. All the outdoor activities we enjoyed, gone forever.

  • Pro - 2012-06-22 10:07

    Another racial murder. To all BLACKS. Why??? Why murder/rape/steal ALL THE TIME??? If you say "Yes, but not all blacks are like that" then why do most of the blacks vote for the ANC? Voting for the ANC is voting for corruption. It is voting for racism to continue. To wear an ANC T-Shirt must SHAME you.

      puse.mabuza - 2012-06-23 05:25

      Because people still afraid that history might repeat itself,the poor are scared that social grants might be taken away from them, there is no other party to be trusted out there. Dont worry thou with time things will change for better, they will understand the meaning of democracy. Truth be told yes we have democracy but we are still not free not yet.

  • pieceful - 2012-06-22 10:48

    no words.. :(

  • flysouth - 2012-06-22 10:52

    And people still believe the cops when they lie each year about having reduced the rate of crime! What a joke. Fact is that the media probably only reports about 30% of all serious and violent crime - if they were to report it all, then our newspapers would need hundreds of pages and TV news bulletins would last 3 hours!