Lotz: Byleveld 'close' to finding motive

2012-04-24 09:18

Cape Town - Retired policeman Piet Byleveld, who now heads a private investigations firm, has called on the close friends of murder victim Inge Lotze to get in touch with him, according to a report on Tuesday.

"I like to start at the beginning, and I wanted to see the set-up in the flat. Certain information was made available to me... I'm flippen close to figuring out a motive," he told Die Burger newspaper.

Lotz's parents asked Byleveld in March to track down the murderer of their daughter, who was found dead in her Stellenbosch flat in 2005.

"The murder investigation is moving in a certain direction. If these friends don't come forward, I'm going to expose them," said Byleveld.

Speaking at Cape Town airport after returning from a visit to the murder scene, Byleveld said he made "certain observations" at Lotz's flat.

He declined to discuss names or reveal further details, but urged Lotz's friends to contact him at

Lotz's boyfriend, Fred van der Vyver, was put on trial for her murder but was acquitted in November 2007. He is in the process of suing the State for damages for malicious prosecution.

  • John - 2012-04-24 09:28

    you go piet

      Squeegee - 2012-04-24 09:34

      Piet for Head of Police!!

      Janice - 2012-04-24 09:48

      Someone is quaking in their boots round about now!!!!!!!

  • anita.nortje - 2012-04-24 09:32

    Nail them Piet!

  • Merkwaardig - 2012-04-24 09:33

    "If these friends don't come forward, I'm going to expose them". Sounds like a high school principal hoping the unknown pupils who messed can be coaxed to come forward. Also, Byleveld is setting himself up for a nice civil suit, should he harm the social standing of any of these friends that he threatens to "expose". My guess is that "" will be the prime spamming target for the next 24h.

      Patricia - 2012-04-24 09:47


      Squeegee - 2012-04-24 10:06

      When you have his track record, you get to trash Piet - until then, button it!

      Ashley - 2012-04-24 12:39

      Ag merkwaardig, shut up you uneducated idiot!

  • annadie - 2012-04-24 09:35

    Piet! doen jou ding sodat die deur eindelik toegemaak kan word.

  • mario.dippenaar - 2012-04-24 09:38

    News24, it's really irresponsible to publish someone's email address. If somebody has information they should contact News24 to get Piet's information. Great, his inbox is going to be filled to the brim with spam.

  • olerilwe.mosiane - 2012-04-24 09:39

    come on piet,stop acting like jerk do what you are good at.blackmailing doesnt work like dat.m quite sure they wil sue you

      Patricia - 2012-04-24 10:13

      It seems Piet has affended allot of people, must be people whos family members are behind bars now, GO PIET!!!

      Alaina - 2012-04-24 17:08

      Have you ever met the man? I have conversed with him on several occasions and he is nothing but honest, hardworking and a good person. Don't make unfair comments.

  • olerilwe.mosiane - 2012-04-24 09:40

    come on piet,stop acting like jerk do what you are good at.blackmailing doesnt work like dat.m quite sure they wil sue you

      wesleywt - 2012-04-24 18:11

      Do you have to show that you are an idiot twice? Once was enough.

  • pieter.vanzyl3 - 2012-04-24 09:48

    Oh he should go for Hollywood. The man loves attention.

      Keith - 2012-04-24 10:35

      He gets results

      wesleywt - 2012-04-24 18:11

      Piet van Zyl, didn't you attack a ref at a Springbok match? Just shows what type of person you are.

  • LekkePerd - 2012-04-24 09:54

    Go Piet Go! Nou Piet nou!!!

  • siyadyosiba - 2012-04-24 09:57

    I like the confidence. I hope its genuine.

  • Francois - 2012-04-24 10:10

    ek het die saak baie nou gevolg destyds en my vermoede is dat dit 'n baie goeie vriend van Fred kon gewees het...motief sal hy kry...

      bluzulu - 2012-04-24 10:17

      Moeshle....dankie vir daardie worde,

      Madulla - 2012-04-24 18:18

      Francois, I think that you are close to hitting the nail on the head! Someone very close, like a flatmate. Someone who tried to frame Fred and make him take the blame for a heinous murder that he did not commit. Fred is innocent and I'm 100% sure of that!! You can mark my words on this, when the culprit is eventually found.

  • J-Man - 2012-04-24 10:30

    What happens if Piet finds out that Fred 'dunnit' afterall? Just asking...

      Deon - 2012-04-24 11:32

      Not much but a civil case, as happened in the OJ Simpson case. (He won the criminal case but lost a civil case).

      Georg - 2012-04-24 11:43

      You cannot prosecute for murder twice if the defendant was found not guilty. But they can prosecute for manslaughter.

  • Mirus O'kelly - 2012-04-24 10:31

    Ai ek kry die arme meisie se ouers jammer.

  • Nicola - 2012-04-24 10:53

    I tend to agree ... I think they all knew who killed her. It is about time her family got to put this to bed. You go Piet!

  • Dieter - 2012-04-24 11:24

    iemand moet agter die kap van die byl kom

      robbie.crouch - 2012-04-24 11:39

      En Piet Byl doen dit beste. ;-)

  • Nasiefa - 2012-04-24 11:50

    Piet for president!!!!!!!!!!

  • Jacqui - 2012-04-24 12:41

    Wow, rather late than never Piet.

  • Carol - 2012-04-24 12:51

    If anyone can solve this crime, Piet is the man, he has a very good track record. All the best.

  • Silvia - 2012-04-24 13:58


  • Louise-Roger - 2012-04-24 18:27

    Somebody thought they've got away with murder! They must be sweating now

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