Family remembers Louise de Waal

2011-10-14 14:08

Johannesburg - High school pupil Louise de Waal was a kind, gentle and loving girl who was hoping to study tourism, her family said on Friday.

"She could relate to children and friends as effortlessly as she could to adults. She was an exemplary student... and was recently voted in as a prefect for her final year of schooling," the family said in a statement.

"Our little light was extinguished before she had any chance to shine by a vile and savage act of violence."

"Weezy", as she was affectionately known, would have turned 17 on Sunday. A burnt body, believed to be hers, was found on a farm in Magaliesburg on Wednesday.

A 35-year-old man allegedly kidnapped De Waal in Roodepoort, northwest of Johannesburg, on Wednesday morning before reportedly raping and killing her.

He handed himself in at the Margate police station, in KwaZulu-Natal, on Thursday morning. He was then transported to an undisclosed facility in Johannesburg and was due to appear in the Krugersdorp Magistrate's Court on Monday.

"Our family is extremely distraught and we are all pulling together from around the country to try and provide support to each other through this devastating time," the family said.

"The family would like to extend their thanks to everyone around South Africa who have taken the time to show their overwhelming support by posting messages on Facebook, Twitter, BBM and other social media platforms."

The family had decided not to comment further to protect the integrity of the investigation.

Gauteng Education MEC Barbara Creecy would visit them on Friday to offer condolences.

  • Nick - 2011-10-14 14:17

    I cannot believe where we have reached in this country as far as crime is concerned that we cannot bring back the death penalty. My heart goes out to the family of Louise.

      Jay - 2011-10-14 14:22

      THE DEATH PENALTY WILL NOT CURB CRIME, it hasnt worked in america, jus in the past week alone in the US, gun man went on rampage and as a result more than 14 people were killed in less than 7 days,,,the only way to deal with crime in South Africa is to have an effective police and an efficient court system where sly like this killer dont slip through..this guy has been arrested before and when he was harrasing school girls the cops jus ignored him and let him continue..

      jesomerville - 2011-10-14 14:23

      very true nick - this has been a sad story and i agree with u about bringing back the death penalty

      Kobus - 2011-10-14 14:25

      Jay, we live in Africa and not America. Bring back the death penalty fast!

      janine.cronje - 2011-10-14 14:34

      @ Jay, The death penalty doesn't work in America because only a few counties stil allow it and hardly ever go through with it!

      Ann - 2011-10-14 14:35

      I am at a loss for words for these poor people. The pictures of Louise are really lovely and she looked just like a 'regular' teenager. Clearly the angels need her help and it is evident that she will continue her goodness with them. My sincere condolences to her family, friends and loved ones. I will light a candle in her memory ...

      delia.jordaan - 2011-10-14 14:39

      I agree wholehearted Nick - I am so deeply saddened by these senseless, savage acts of violents - what has become of this country and this world. My heart truly breaks, I have a small daughter, and my second is due in Feb 2012 - I pray protection of my kids and my family.

      david.streicher - 2011-10-14 14:41

      Hell @jay, I would take a flying guess and say he wanted to meet his maker...

      astrid.grimbeek - 2011-10-14 14:48

      She was an angel, God looks after His angels, may she rip.

      theandystokes - 2011-10-14 14:57

      Jay - Easy to say that, murders still happen everywhere regardless BUT You don't know what the US would be like if they didn't have the death penalty, the murders would probably be far far worse. If they bring back the death penalty then murderers would think twice about committing those crimes and if that stops just 1 murder a year then its worth it!

      Sophie - 2011-10-14 15:10

      @Jay - but it WILL prevent HIM from commiting another crime, will it not? Dead men can't rape and kill - finish en klaar!

      Megan - 2011-10-14 15:40

      Until such time as we have a justice system that operates entirely independantly and efficiently, the death penalty is just a stupid idea.

      CyberDog - 2011-10-14 15:41

      @sophie... sure, the death penalty just possibly could (Very slim chance) be a deterrent, if he was caught, and then prosecuted correctly, and then did not escape afterwards from custody either..... The death penalty is completely useless in a corrupt, broken legal system, it will just be turned into a mugabe style death machine to get rid of opposition members.

      brenton.tyrrell - 2011-10-14 16:23

      I really don't care if the death penalty is a deterrent or not. I don't need my tax money giving them free board and lodge. Don't hang them in private; execute them on Church Square and televise it.

      Monica - 2011-10-14 21:52

      @Jay - I disagree with your comment - these serial rapist's / murder's do not want to die themselves but will take another’s innocence / life!! The death penalty is a deterrent. HOW DARE THEY - If the death penalty prevented 1 rape / murder all the better.

      Jerhone - 2011-10-16 12:03

      to all the proponents of anti death sentence you bleeding harts should get to keep these bastards in your homes under house arrest, you can feed them,cloth them give them medical attention with your own money, maybe entertain them with your daughters or wife we'll see how quickly you change your minds

  • Martin - 2011-10-14 14:20

    I cannot even begin to imagine what the family is going through. We pray God's peace over them at this terrible time.

      Ann - 2011-10-14 14:38

      Who in their right mind gave your sincere message a thumbs down? Continue praying and bringing light to this dark continent!

      Stefanie - 2011-10-14 15:13

      Who is this idiot who votes thumbs down?? And @Victor: You are such an ass!! What would you do if someone took your child, raped her, murderd her and burnt her??????? so yes, we are making a big deal out of this becauese it IS a big deal!!! You realy don't have a heart. But we hear about Julius non stop and read about him in every news paper. Its time the media stood up and report EVERY case of murder and rape and child abuse, maby then the goverments eyes will open up. I pray for her family and friends, and for the 3 month old baby that was stabed to death by his stepfather with a broken glass bottel and his whole family. No one deserves to be treated like that.

  • Karabo - 2011-10-14 14:30

    I pray to God that justice be served. People like these should never be allowed back into the community, he is insane - inhumane!

  • Bronwyn - 2011-10-14 14:31

    I'm sorry, the violent rapes and crimes in SA and the world alike is just beyond me. Death to the perpetrators is the only way. How can you stab babies with broken bottles, rape defenceless youngsters, attack 93 yr old woman?? Kill the F%^$Ckers!! they deserve NO rights in prison, or food, or anything. As a parent I grieve for the loss of lives of these poor strangers and I grieve for the world!

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  • Michelle - 2011-10-14 14:40

    So tragic, condolences to the family and friends of Louise. May the Lord comfort them all in this time.

  • Michelle - 2011-10-14 14:42

    My condolences to the family and friends of Louise. May the Lord comfort them in this tragic time.

  • wendy.olivier - 2011-10-14 14:49

    The family should be allowed to do to him or his what he did to theirs! DISGUSTING! His day will come..........

  • etafrica - 2011-10-14 14:51

    R.I.P Louise, my heart goes out to the Family and friends of Louise

  • Carol - 2011-10-14 14:55

    My condolences to the de Waal family ... My heart aches for you.

  • natalie.matthysen - 2011-10-14 15:09

    R.I.P Louise de Waal, may your family heal from these deep wounds inflicted by this savage. Our sincerest condolences.

  • wendylg - 2011-10-14 15:16

    RIP Little Louise. Your candle burnt out longer before your memory ever will!

  • Shaun - 2011-10-14 15:21

    I dont know exactly why but this story has really hit me hard. I think mainly because every time her parents look at her photo they will be constantly reminded of what was, what is and what never will be, and believe me that kind of pain isnt alleviated by a sentencing. So truth be told no matter what the sentence, no matter what punishment that animal recieves, at the end of the day the parents will be left with a huge gaping hole inside their hearts. R.I.P Louise De Waal

      Vincent - 2011-10-14 16:34

      For me this story is so hard hitting because, as it is, the fact that some sick person murdered someone elses precious little girl is bad enough, but, the fact that he actually took it upon himself to burn her body, her temple, like you would burn common rubbish. How dare he do that to someone else. He has just taken everything away from this family. I do not know this man who did it but I hate him. RIP Louise De Waal

  • desmond.clarkhalket - 2011-10-14 15:31

    i didnt know your daughter but i sure as hell will like to know this animal

  • Mohammed - 2011-10-14 15:35

    my deepest condollances to this family i cannot believe how difficlt this must be for them may pig burn in hell for life

  • rina.dunckley - 2011-10-14 15:39

    Al my simpatie en empatie aan hierdie familie en al die ander families wat geraak is deur hierdie wrede dade van hierdie wrede misdadiger wat reeds in 2007 permanent uit die gemeenskap verwyder moes word!!!! My hart gaan werklik uit na hierdie families, ek kan met net indink hoe hierdie ouers moet voel, ek is self 'n ouer en ouma en hier waar ek sit voel dit vir my of ek hierdie man met my eie hande kan vermoor. ALLE VERKRAGTERS/Molesteerders verdien die DOODSTRAF. Ek lees daagliks die nuus in al die verskeie nuusblaaie en ek kan net bevestig dat ons land sit met 'n baie groot probleem: REEKS VERKRAGTERS! Dit is hoog tyd dat die patetiese regering van ons hul oe oopmaak en sien wat werklik om hul aangaan: hoeveel kinders; maak nie saak watter ras dit is nie, word daagliks verkrag en vermoor, selfs deur hul eie familie lede. HULLE MOET TOTAAL GEHEEL EN AL PERMANENT UIT DIE GEMEENSKAP VERWYDER WORD!!!

      Phumzile - 2011-10-14 15:51

      My heart goes to the Family, What a pain. My God, she is in GOD's hands right now. Crime is crime doesnt have a coulor. My condolence to the family GOD IS WITH YOU DURING THIS DIFFICULT TIMES AMEN

  • eblockwatch - 2011-10-14 15:50

    Would you like the goverment to administer the hanging. You need your head read.

  • lorraine.polson1 - 2011-10-14 16:09

    My deepest condolences to the De Waal family. This whole incident is sickening. Lock this filth up and throw away the key.

  • Kathy - 2011-10-14 16:38

    To the de Waal family, all I can say is that no matter what happens to him here (and he deserves the worst), he WILL stand before God. There is no escape from that. Justice will be served here or there. I pray for you all at this time...that God will hold you close and give you the grace and strength to face the years ahead. Kathy

  • Shannon - 2011-10-14 16:59

    It has been so sad to see people putting thumbs downs to messages of symapthy to the family and friends of this poor girl. I am sure it is just to rile people up and get a laugh... but it is no laughing matter. Rather just don't do anything, and if the incident is funny to you then don't bother to read the articles or comment. I expect a thumbs downfor posting this but it is on your conscience. Such a pity. Thoughts and prayers with the family and friends at this time.

      Innocent - 2011-10-14 17:39

      Louise and your family we re with you in prayers R I P little angel.

  • ilse.hayes - 2011-10-14 17:25

    Bring back the death penalty! Whether it works or not, does not matter. This bastard did it before and he will do it again. Some people cannot be rehabilitated and our tax money can be better spend somewhere else!

  • comurray - 2011-10-14 18:21

    My heart goes out to the De Waal family and friends, this country has now become worse than anywhere else in the world. Unfortunately the "death penalty" will not prevent killings like this as murderers are treated with respect unlike normal peace loving citizens. This guy should have been shot on site.

  • john.diefendorf - 2011-10-14 19:51

    Strictly speaking and from a Christian point of view two wrongs don't make one right, however these animals abdicated their rights as humans and members of society the moment that they commited crimes that not even animals would dare do, and should be dealt with accordingly.

      ETID989 - 2011-10-15 02:17

      well said!

  • billidp - 2011-10-15 13:33

    My thoughts go out to the family and loved ones of Louise - today and tomorrow which would have been her 17th birthday and will be a very difficult day for them! We also hope that Justice will be served and harshly so!!

  • Dudleygbu - 2011-10-16 11:28

    Turn It Around - Fight crime in South Africa - Join us register here and lets work on highlighting the sickness in our country that no one in govt seems to want to admit

  • Juanita - 2011-10-16 17:44

    My heartfelt condolences to Louise's family....this so called man doesn't belong in our society. Unfortunately, his wife and son will have to suffer for the rest of their lives as well! What a devastating waste of life all round!

  • Yolandi - 2011-10-18 12:06

    How can a person live with himself doing something like this so evil to someone else. I agree death penalty must come back to persons doing this to others. My heart also goes out to Louise`s family and friends. Hope they can have peace in there hearts.

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