Delmas murder charges withdrawn

2012-07-18 12:42

Johannesburg - The murder charges against three men accused of killing a 5-month-old baby and a day mother in Delmas have been withdrawn, Beeld reported on Wednesday.

Fernandos Maritse, 27, Enock Mbele, 44, and Lazarus Mabhena, 54, appeared in the Delmas Magistrate's Court on Tuesday and now face charges of theft only.

The three men were granted R1 000 bail each, with strict conditions, which include that they report to a police station five times a week.

Prosecutor Erik van der Merwe said during their court appearance that the men could not be directly linked to the murder yet. They would be back in court on August 17.

They were previously accused of strangling 66-year-old Magrietha de Goede and baby Wiehan Botes in May.

De Goede's body was found under a carpet in an outside room of her Mpumalanga home. The baby's body was found under a bed in the main house. Police were searching for Themba Ephraim Mahlangu, who worked as a gardener for De Goede.

  • lebogang.molefo - 2012-07-18 12:47


      Squeegee - 2012-07-18 13:08

      Great detective work again. We got them so we don't have to get evidence or investigate further.

      charlesdumbwin.dumbwin - 2012-07-18 13:43

      I hate this, but rather than have the case thrown out of court, at least now the investigators can do them homework properly and link them to the murder, then bring the charges against them again, when all the evidence adds up. Hope the murderers never see daylight again!

      Squeegee - 2012-07-18 13:55

      Charles, I'm afraid there is no one to investigate further - they have all been deployed to clean up and guard gates.

  • Eben - 2012-07-18 12:50

    Again no justice!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • henningvw - 2012-07-18 12:54

    So if they report 5 hours a week, what are they doing the other 163?

      TheRealWarrenB - 2012-07-18 13:04

      5 days a week!

      JHLR73 - 2012-07-18 13:18

      Probably doing the same to other people as well, murdering them!! This is sick, I want to leave this place now!! Had enough!!!

      peter.gibbs.5895 - 2012-07-18 13:21

      5 times per week!!!!!!!

  • godesha - 2012-07-18 12:57

    So this was all just a big misunderstanding then. You are found with a murdered woman's stuff in your possession, but cannot be linked to the murder. Did they take her belongings before, during or after the murder was committed by "someone else"? No wonder some communities take the law into their own hands.

      wilhelm.grobbelaar - 2012-07-18 13:02

      No Justice!!! I prefer to take the law into my own hands. Then the police can come and clean the blood where the bodies are. Seems thats the only thing they can do. Cause they sure as hell can't investigate.

      koos.vandermerwe.338 - 2012-07-18 13:32

      There is a lot of septic tanks in Delmas.

  • TheyTookMyNickLaZynEko - 2012-07-18 13:00


  • Rinnewien - 2012-07-18 13:04

    My bek hang oop!

  • Hermann - 2012-07-18 13:10

    And so turns the wheel of justice. I hope they find the gardener.

      flaming.oven - 2012-07-18 13:14

      The other 3 they let go killed the closed!

      amanda.roos.319 - 2012-07-18 14:53

      I do hope these men turn AGAINST the gardener and help the Police catch him. There must be a BARGAIN PLEA somewhere otherwise they won`t be let out on bail so easily.

  • erich.goosen - 2012-07-18 13:11

    If they are still charged with theft pertaing to goods which were they property of the victim it should not be too difficult, with prolonged questioning, to find out where they got the stolen goods. There must surely be a link between the possession and the murder.

  • carolyn.myburgh - 2012-07-18 13:12

    Lebogang exactly what I was going to say these people are worse than animals killing a defenceless baby like they did. WTF????????????????????

      ever.ryman - 2012-07-18 13:59

      You insult animals. Animals kill for food or self-defense not for kicks or for fun or spite. Those responsible are the scum of the earth.

  • stefan.vosloo.33 - 2012-07-18 13:15

    I can't believe this. What is worse they are going to commit such gruesome crime again and the justice system will FAIL again.

  • jeannemarie.faure - 2012-07-18 13:21

    Can you imagine what the mother of that little baby must be going through? she thought there would be justice for the sensless killing of her baby, and now the justice system just comes and kicks her in the stomach again! my heart goes out to the family of both these victims.

  • Zahir - 2012-07-18 13:25

    Police fail to investigate properly then the justice system fails to prosecute then the thugs go free and crime continues

  • chanel.pringle - 2012-07-18 13:36

    You must be kidding me!!!! This is a disgrace! Stupid country,stupid goverment!!! For the first time in my life I am ashamed of being a South African!!!! Hope Karma gets to you killers!

  • Commodore.Bongani.Mahlangu - 2012-07-18 13:38

    What am I missing in this case? They found the suspects but they are not related to the murder. So who might be the killer? The father of the child, or other mysterious people?

      Msika - 2012-07-18 13:55

      It is all a mystery at the moment. Our incompetent police arrested these men and charge them with murder without gathering enough evidence that links them to the crime...What were they doing (the police) while the suspects where in their custody?

      lebogang.molefo - 2012-07-18 14:08

      We live in a country whereby the criminals have more rights than the victims and the victims families.... A disgrace really

  • Dewald Britz - 2012-07-18 13:40

    WTF? Someone should start watching the Crime channel 255 on DSTV! Ever heard of DNA testing?! The killers skin cells should be all over the victims... O I forgot only SARS (where the government can collect) has the latest technology...

      amelia.basson - 2012-07-18 19:07

      Are you joking? Apparently our labs are 5 years behind on blood testing! On DNA testing? ... that's anybody's guess! And even if they were on time, the files and evidence would somehow disappear anyway!

  • bronwyn.tredger - 2012-07-18 13:43

    I am no "Legal Eagle" But even if they never actaully killed the victims surely they can be cahrged with being an Accessory to murder???? Aiding and Abetting? Something??? This is shcoking!!

      Bless Boswell - 2012-07-18 19:13

      What were they doing there?

  • stertjie.stert - 2012-07-18 14:13

    I suppose another crime blamed on apartheid, previously disadvantaged victims and racial discrimination???!!!

  • eyesears.handsfeet - 2012-07-18 14:13

    Wiehan's and Magrietha's families: May you find peace someday in the knowledge that justice will be done, if not in this lifetime, definitely the next.

  • Commodore.Bongani.Mahlangu - 2012-07-18 14:37

    Ahhhhh!!! From people close to the area, there is a guy who is wanted and is nowhere to be found and that is the garden worker. Hope they find the bugger.

  • darryl.scott.77770 - 2012-07-18 14:43

    Clone Piet Byleveld a 1000 times.

  • roy.wadhams.1 - 2012-07-18 15:03

    What people do in the "townships" when they catch a thief,rapists or any other criminal, they kill them. Perhaps this is the only way because to depend on our Justice system and the SAPS is not helping. Even the SAPS if one looks at what happens in Durban/Cato Ridge how they remove criminals,perhaps this is the only way? An eye for an eye.

  • carolyn.dewrance - 2012-07-18 15:25

    So they are free to do it again, What about the families that lost their loved ones, and will never see them again, How this must hurt. The Magistrate is just as guilty for allowing them for go free.

  • azande.futhi - 2012-07-18 15:36

    I cannot understand why people are so agitated by the court pronouncement that there is no link which implicates the accused to the murder as yet. If there is no evidence which point to their wrong doing, why charge them, really?

      Bless Boswell - 2012-07-18 19:13

      There is no smoke without fire...

  • Pixi3kid - 2012-07-18 16:56

    Oh God! no no no no! please noooo.

  • lynn.syme.1 - 2012-07-18 17:03

    Fair enough. This could be a case of the police grabbing anybody because it was such a heated situation and they needed to be seen to be doing something. Now let a proper, extensive investigation ensue and arrest the guilty.

  • charnelle.bester - 2012-07-18 18:36

    I have officially lost faith in this country's justice system. Anywhere in the world there would have been a 24/7 manhunt to find these perps! Not here, the message is clear white people, we must leave or they will kill our children and the justice system, they will do nothing.

  • amelia.basson - 2012-07-18 20:10

    The message our government's giving is loud and clear: It's OK to kill babies or is it OK to kill the elderly or is it just OK to "kill the boer" like Zuma & Malema sings to them ... My parents, their parents and their parents have been working and paying taxes all their lives, but I'm taking my taxes to a country where my children can get a decent education and a good job. Where I'm not afraid to call the police, won't drive on roads filled with potholes, blackouts, sewage & dirty water, unemployment & poverty, horrible violence, rapes and murders! Where I can go to clean government hospitals, drink clean tap water, don't have to drive with smash proof windscreens, and live behind high walls, locked doors, burglar bars, safety gates and have no other protection than pepper spray because the government took my gun. I'm in prison and merciless killers walk free ... WTF!!!!!! I'm taking my money and leaving for a country where the government will use my taxes to my benefit and not for their own benefit or jets or wives or luxury holidays! After 18yrs S.A. has turned into a cesspit and at the end of this rainbow nation, you'll now only find a pot of crap!

  • carolyn.dewrance - 2012-07-22 17:49

    Time they brought the Jury system to South Africa, and let the people decide what is to be done with these bastards.It appears that Prosecutor Erik van der Merwe needs to go back to school and redo his training, most probably bought his degree on the internet.

  • zelda.dickson - 2012-10-03 09:30

    Useless justice system AGAIN.

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