Doubts over Griekwastad AWB murder claims

2013-11-01 09:09
Cornelia de Wet (Volksblad)

Cornelia de Wet (Volksblad)

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Kimberley - The AWB member who alleged that she was involved in the murders of three members of a Griekwastad family on their farm last year is apparently known for telling tall tales.

Volksblad reported on Friday that Cornelia de Wet has a chequered past, and has been known for making up stories about herself in order to get attention.

The Diamond Fields Advertiser on Thursday reported that De Wet claimed the farm attack was carried out by members of an Afrikaner Weerstandsbeweging (AWB) hit squad, and the owner of a local security company was the mastermind. She alleged the attack was meant to incite racial hatred and instil a sense of fear amongst farmers, which would result in them making use of the services of the security company.

Deon Steenkamp, 44, his wife Christel, 43, and their 14-year-old daughter Marthella were killed on their farm Naauwhoek on 6 April 2012. Their son survived the attack.

Trial to continue

The NPA said on Thursday it was aware of the claims, but said the trial of the accused, who is a minor, will continue as planned on 4 November.

According to Volksblad, police officials doubt her version of events because it had changed several times and she was unable to point out the scenes at Griekwastad.

A former police officer from De Wet's hometown of Middelburg in Mpumalanga, said she is known for wasting the police’s time with alarming yet false claims.

A Middelburg newspaper editor told Volksblad he believed De Wet needs psychiatric help, and that she may have projected her own fantasy life onto the reports of the Griekwastad farm killings.

De Wet is currently in custody after being arrested in 2012 on charges of high treason and the illegal possession of firearms and explosives.

Meanwhile, the owner of the security company accused of being the mastermind of the farm attack denied ever meeting De Wet, and claims he was not even in the area on the day of the attack, the Cape Times reported on Friday.

He claimed De Wet had a vendetta against him.

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