Elderly Gauteng couple’s murder: Two held

2013-08-23 22:56

Johannesburg - Two men were arrested on Friday in connection with the murder of an elderly couple in Kempton Park, Gauteng police said.

"An intensive investigation and a tip-off from members of the community today [Friday] has led to the arrest of two young suspects," Captain Jethro Mtshali said.

The men, in their 30s, were arrested in the Sethokga hostel in Tembisa. After police questioned them, the two men helped police recover two TVs, a computer, and two laptops.

"The items were stolen during the house robbery where the elderly couple were found," said Mtshali.

The two were still being questioned in the afternoon, and more arrests might be made. They were expected to appear in the Kempton Park Magistrate's Court soon, Mtshali said.

Pikkie Stassen and his wife Rina, both in their 70s, were found dead in their Jacobus Street home on Monday morning, Beeld reported.

Their daughter Karien Linley found their bodies when she arrived to drop off her 1-year-old son with them.

Pikkie Stassen was found stabbed to death in the garage, with his hands bound. His wife's body was in the bedroom. She appeared to have been strangled.

  • John Tex - 2013-08-24 00:14

    They will kill every white in SA

      Kobie Nel - 2013-08-24 11:01

      And only when suspects are arrested will it be reported in the media.

      Lebo Lebo Mphahlele - 2013-08-26 11:36

      They went to court this morning

  • Szymon Arya Przemyslaw Welgus - 2013-08-24 00:20

    "Murder"?! Pffft! This is a hate-crime and anyone can see that. Such cowards though.

  • Lwandile Mabusela - 2013-08-24 06:58

    Criminals are ruthless and the Justice system is the oppoiste of that. As long as we keep on laming the past and poverty more innocent people will be killed by these thugs and get away with murder. We need a leadership and political will to either bring back or debate the issue of bringing back the death penalty.

  • Josie Russell - 2013-08-24 07:06

    Cowards - pick on the elderly and in a gang - cowards

  • Arthur Salvado - 2013-08-24 07:17

    I cannot imagine the terrifying time these poor people were subjected to. I'm sure they were beaten to a pulp before being killed. It's NOT on. This is a daily occurrence and it must be stopped.

  • Andrew M - 2013-08-24 07:20

    Well it will be another year or so before these two go on trial, furthermore do not see a whole hype about these two murders as was the case with O.P. Wonder why?

  • kimstir - 2013-08-24 08:26

    cowards kills old people and children - time to fight back!!!

  • Magda Uys Pieters - 2013-08-24 08:38

    Thank JZ for singing "Kill a boer" - there are more black on white murders in SA than Rhino's. Usually farmers or innocent elderly ppl! These killers should DIE, they have NO future as a good human being! Why can't the idiots just steal &go?! May God give them what they deserve - HELL on earth &beyond!!

      Sidney Johnson - 2013-08-24 09:17

      On average between 350-400 white people have been "murdered" by blacks every month in South Africa between 1994 and 2012, this equates to about 85 000 white people killed in 18 years. To put this into perspective, from 1947-1994,during apartheid,+- 25 000 blacks were killed as a direct result of apartheid, these figures are according to the TRC, this equates to an average of 44 black deaths a month. If the figures were reversed and every month 350 blacks were being killed by whites the international outcry would be deafening. Even more chilling is the brutality that accompanies these murders, people tortured with hot irons, having boiling water poured over them and down their throats, home invasions were the women are gang raped in front of their fathers, brothers and husbands, people strangled and beaten to death. This kind of behaviour is meant to do one thing, and that is to humiliate the victims and a race and amounts to the slow but steady extermination of whites in this country.

      Puleng Mabuya - 2013-08-24 13:16

      race sh@¥t again.we should be standing together fighting crime in sa. How are we suppose to do this if all you see is black and white. ppl are targeted because they are easy targets in surbubs high walls,township walking alone in the middle of the night and farmers are isolated.nothing to do with race.

  • John Tex - 2013-08-24 09:50

    Hey Mara. Shut the f....k up

      Lebo Lebo Mphahlele - 2013-08-26 11:39

      One of them is my brother

  • Jacqui Daane Van Rensburg - 2013-08-24 10:09

    What kind of character must these people have who bother us with their scam messages while we are respecting two people that were brutally killed?. Tatian Sharp, I know that is not your correct name, but who ever is hiding behind it, you have a serious moral problem.

  • Joel Gilbert - 2013-08-24 10:51

    Bring back the guilotine.......that will give the criminals food for thought

  • DuToitCoetzee - 2013-08-24 14:03

    Thank you members of the community!!! It is clear that people are getting gatvol of these murders and crime and we should make an effort to be the eyes and ears for others.

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