'Inge Lotz was betrayed'

2012-11-04 10:02

Cape Town – Murdered Stellenbosch student Inge Lotz, 22, was killed by someone close to her and was betrayed by her friends.

This startling revelation has been made by investigative journalist Michael Day, reported Rapport.

Day has been working with ex-top cop Piet Byleveld, who was appointed by Lotz’s father to help solve the murder that made headlines since the student’s body was found in her flat seven years ago.

Day said all the answers to the mystery were locked within Lotz’s circle of friends, some of whom had climbed the ladder of success since her murder.

Day said these so-called friends refused to talk or reveal what they knew of the brutal murder because they believed they were above the law.

They pretended to be her friends but really hated her, said Day.

Hatred was also the motive for her murder, he said.

Lawyer Johan Jordaan who represented Inge Lotz’s parents said Day was the one person who had worked closely with Byleveld to solve the murder.

“Michael Day and Piet Byleveld are a team. Piet is the master detective, Michael the background man who sits with astonishing information after years of research. Yes, they share information,” said Jordaan.

Day will release his book on the murder next year. Its working title was Betrayed – The Inge Lotz Story: Her Life, Her Death, and the Hunt for Her Killer.  


  • JaredVN - 2012-11-04 10:35

    So OK, if the muck-raking "journalist" knows who really did it (the article hints that the "journalist" knows it's somebody close to her), why doesn't he take his evidence to the cops? Isn't he also "betraying" the victim by not doing so? I smell a pathetic attempt to make money from book sales with sensationalistic claims. Typical tabloid trash tactics, in other words.

      Dawn Campbell Gibson - 2012-11-04 10:54

      Wake up! Somebody close to her does not mean he knows the exact person. Where does it say he has not given the police any of the info he had????? Some people just comment without thinking!

      adrian.strydom - 2012-11-04 10:56

      You're so right....publish all the evidence, give the perpetrator / s a fair chance to build a strong alibi, or to go into hiding or skip the country.....after all that's only fair, isn't it ? you think before you open your mouth ?

      andrez.kolesky - 2012-11-04 11:30

      Wise men talk because they have something to say. Fools talk because they have to say something. -- Plato

      gerrit.vanpletzen - 2012-11-04 12:42

      Did you see what the police did with the case. They f*cked it up so badly it was unreal.Read "Fruit of a poisoned tree" if you want to see what police did to that investigation!

      ally.oh.7 - 2012-11-05 12:18

      The cops already know but mucked up the case in the beginning.

  • geraldene.smith.39 - 2012-11-04 10:44

    I hope they bring to book every single one involved!!! The right thing to do if you know anything is to come forward with any information. The parents need closure to move on.

      botha.fourie - 2012-11-05 08:18

      Closure!!! They don't need closure - they will never get it. Their daughter has been brutally murdered. What they need - is the idiot of a killer to be jailed for life!!!!

  • elewies - 2012-11-04 10:46

    What a load of rubbish. This guy wants to sell his book, that's all. Sensationalism at its worst...

      Dawn Campbell Gibson - 2012-11-04 11:16

      Mlungisi - well said!!!!

      elewies - 2012-11-04 14:54

      I want her murderer(s) to get caught and thrown in jail. I just don't see why no arrests have been made if there is admissible evidence which implicates 'a whole circle of friends', or whatever this guy is claiming.

  • shelli.duplessis - 2012-11-04 10:49

    I hope those people involved see Piet Byleveld's face at night when they try to sleep. Eventually someone will crack.

  • grant.montgomery.5074 - 2012-11-04 10:59

    Too much time has elapsed since murder. It will never be solved. If the friends did nor betray her then this a dreafull acusation.

      delish7564 - 2012-11-04 11:30

      Grant, if you were her parents I wonder if you would take the same view. If it was my daughter, I would never give up until the killer was brought to justice. As to those who wonder why he hasn't taken his "evidence" to the Police, maybe, given the botched job during this case, he doesn't trust them. If you can't trust SAPS to do their job properly and solve the crime, where else do you go? I sincerely hope this case can be solved and her parents find closure. I can't even begin to imagine how it must feel to not know who murdered your daughter or why and I hope I never find myself in this dreadful position. Fingers crossed the truth will come out, however long it takes!

      sandra.j.rennie - 2012-11-05 09:46

      Nothing like a cold case. Loyalties change over the years. They should have a look at van der Vyver again !!!

  • rouen.heiberg - 2012-11-04 11:02

    If Byleveld is on your case its only a matter af time.

      sandra.j.rennie - 2012-11-05 09:47

      Have to agree with rouen.heiberg !

  • jonscorr - 2012-11-04 11:12

    If these allegations are true, then the authorities with the assistance of Piet and Michael need to bring them to justice.

      ben.louw.5 - 2012-11-05 09:13

      But not before he makes his money from the book....

  • Gert van Coller - 2012-11-04 11:23

    @Elewies. Ever heard of Piet Byleveld? Do you really for one single second believe he will work closely with some sensationalist journalist and therefore risk sensitive information being revealed that can ruin his investigation? Geez, wake up dude!

  • johnwilliam.roberts - 2012-11-04 11:29

    piet will get the bastard its just a matter of time i am very very surprised he hasnt allready ! come piet los die bradewyn and coke and catch the bastard my pal !!

      phillip.marchant.52 - 2012-11-04 21:09

      Jy't seker nie gehoor van polisie-koffie nie...

  • madulla.nkosi - 2012-11-04 12:01

    It cost an innocent man's father R10 million to prove his son's innocence. If that were you or I, then we would be languishing in prison forever. Prosecutors Christhenus van der Vijver and Carine Theunissen should forever hang their heads in abject shame. Police forensic work and their under oath testimony was absolutely shocking and riddled with blatant lies. Piet must arrange for a polygraph test on Fred's roommate. No doubt in my mind about his guilt....

      pagel.trivia - 2012-11-05 10:01

      This is s strong accusation. If you have something to back it up with, why not go to the police? Otherwise accusing someone of murder on an open forum is way over the top.

  • barbara.jansen.90 - 2012-11-04 13:31

    I sincerely hope her parents find closure soon! They are friends with my Mother's friends and we followed this tragic event from day 1. They are broken after her murder and thanks to the police they will most likely never find the killer. They messed up crucial evidence at the crime scene!! So sad and I still pray for her parents to find peace!

  • milton.katz - 2012-11-04 15:25

    It's all to do with jealousy, she had many boyfriends, she was an extremely popular and beautiful young lady and we all know what can happen when only one man wants to claim her!!!!!

  • archie.mooki - 2012-11-04 17:44

    silence in exchange of corporate ladder...I like her spirit she is fighting from the grave ....the truth will come out and I can't wait to read the book

  • angela.vangreunen - 2012-11-04 18:59

    Its not long now and the mighty are going to fall, and its them that fall the hardest!!!

  • phillip.marchant.52 - 2012-11-04 21:10

    It's called fishing, people.

  • ben.louw.5 - 2012-11-05 09:12

    O please... If his info was that great something would have been done. He's just pimping his book.

  • julie.khan3 - 2012-11-05 10:09

    Bring the culprits to book!! What a beautiful girl whose life came tragically to a halt,so early.. Leaving a grieving family behind.

  • holden.gardnercaulfield - 2012-11-05 11:43

    Does this mean now that the Lotz family accept that without any reservation that Fred was not the murderer. It seems so. I hope so. May the perpetrator/s be caught and successfully prosecuted - hopefully not by the two jokers that prosecuted the first criminal trial.

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