Ex-cops deny involvement in 1999 murder

2012-06-12 11:05

Johannesburg - Two former police officers denied involvement in the murder of a Johannesburg waitress in a 13-year-old cold case reopened after the discovery of a letter, The Star reported on Tuesday.

According to Carel and David Ranger's statements submitted to the Johannesburg Magistrate's Court, they had driven Betty Ketani, from hospital to a relative 13 years ago.

They said she had not objected to being booked out of the Vereeniging Hospital, before dropping her off with the relative.

However, the Ranger brothers denied involvement or acknowledgement of her murder.

Ketani is believed to have been shot in the head on a farm in Johannesburg and was left for dead, but survived and had been taken to hospital.

The 37-year-old mother was later allegedly kidnapped from the hospital and had been classed as a missing person for the past 13 years.

In May, Gauteng police said a letter found at a house in Kenilworth, Johannesburg, linked six men to Ketani's murder and arrests were made.

Two of the six men arrested - Paul Toff-Nielsen and Dirk Reyneke - were granted bail of R20 000 each.

The court heard that Ketani had told her brother Ronnie she was in a pay dispute with her employers.

Carrington Laughton, Toff-Nielsen, Reyneke, the Ranger brothers and Conway Brown face charges of murder, kidnapping, assault and theft. The case continues on Wednesday.

  • Dave - 2012-06-12 11:15

    Let the guilty rot in jail.

  • Susan - 2012-06-12 11:33

    Hope the truth will be revealed, so that the family can have some closure...

  • Mary - 2012-06-12 11:34

    Looks like our SAPS just covered their tracks better back then compared to nowadays when they just do as they please

      Squeegee - 2012-06-12 12:04

      Does that make them better than the crooks in uniform today?

      Mary - 2012-06-12 14:14

      Hardly makes them better, makes them just as rotten

  • Loo - 2012-06-12 11:37

    DUDES ... wrong time for a cop to deny ANYTHING .. Lube up so long

  • foxiloxi - 2012-06-12 12:00

    haha, that big wheel turns, no matter how long it takes, Karma will always come back and bite you in the @SS

  • Klippies - 2012-06-12 13:08

    So basically, she got shot in the head, taken to hospital and had no objection to the two nice police officers removing her from hospital and taking her home. First of all, since when do police officers kidnap patients from hospital (she wasn't dismissed) to take them home? Do they have the medical knowledge to dismiss a person from hospital who suffered from a gunshot wound to the head? Why this patient? BS! Pappa wag vir julle!

  • zama.mhlongo.14 - 2012-06-12 13:31

    Only 7 comments? That's interesting. Why really? Usually these kind of stories draw 1 hundred and something comments. Wow!!!!!

      DuToitCoetzee - 2012-06-12 14:02

      I think the story is a bit confusing and....maybe old as well. I believe when the court case start running and more info is available you will see more comments.

      spencer.nartjie - 2012-06-30 13:54

      we all know why there are few comments Zama and they know too. I will not say why but I wish people can be intelligent enough not to label people, people are people they should be judged as individuals.

  • Phae - 2012-06-12 14:02

    Would love to have seen their faces when the letter was found. She must have been really frightened in her last days. Justice for Betty!

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