Lotz father offers R1m reward

2012-03-18 09:40

Cape Town – Exactly seven years after Matie student Inge Lotz, 22, was murdered, her father has offered a reward of R1m for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the murderer of his only child.

Lotz’s boyfriend, Fred van der Vyver, 29, was acquitted of her murder in a drawn-out court case in 2007.

Professor Jan Lotz said he had lost all faith in the police. “The time has come for me to do something about the case myself.”

“Out there is a psychopath who killed my child in the cruellest possible manner. For 10 months we sat in court listening how police messed up the investigation… Somewhere there has to be someone with a piece of information to complete the puzzle.”

“For this I’m willing to pay R1m.”

Lotz said there were many questions regarding the investigation and subsequent court case that bothered him.

“I’m looking for the towel, which the murderer used to wipe up Inge’s blood and clean the bathroom floor. Then I’m looking for the magazine left by the murderer on her lap and opened at an article about someone in her circle of friends.”

He said he was willing to pay for evidence to be sent to an American lab for forensic testing. He said police had told him that evidence had disappeared after being removed from a judge’s office.

Lotz said there was nothing left for him but to search for justice for his child. “Before I die, that is the least I can do for her. No amount of money is too much for this.”

“I will never have peace if I don’t know who committed this terrible crime.”

  • Janice - 2012-03-18 09:45

    Good, Go for it, we will all stand behind you!!!

      Nurse - 2012-03-18 12:59

      Alicia... calm down

      Steven - 2012-03-18 13:16

      @Oom Kriel - you are a sick individual; do you think an indiotic statement like that does anybody any good. Grow up... Show some emphathy for this father who has lost his only child. It is narrow minded individuals like you who screw this country up... You are NO better than the narrow minded politicians who run our country..

      procold2 - 2012-03-19 13:54

      not very sympathetic for nurse, hope you get results mr lotz

  • cosmos.ndebele - 2012-03-18 09:51

    I feel for this man!!!. Dont look further, the killer is not very far. Whooo these Maties?

      ChiefGalaktus - 2012-03-19 12:28

      Stellenbosch University

  • Bianca - 2012-03-18 09:51

    I hope someone helps you. If I knew anything I would do it but not for the money... just purely because this murderer needs to be caught. I pray you find peace.

      nanasei.kobbina - 2012-03-18 10:21

      Thats thougthful of you Bianca, I would do the same too, but SA is a dangerous place, the next we will hear you have been killed, its sad, lets hope for the best. The only thing i can say to the dad is that, justice will prevail whether in this lifetime or the next lifetime, God is no fool, that I can guarantee

      Foc - 2012-03-19 10:00

      I would do it for the money ....

  • Winsome - 2012-03-18 10:02

    This father is so grieving for the loss of his only child - I wish I had some knowledge so that I could help him in his grief - but I am sure she must have known her killer - look close to home and friends. Amazing how evidence gets "lost" - when in other countries it is kept for years and years.

      Mike - 2012-03-18 13:25

      I wonder who in their right mind would give you thumbs down for such thoughtful comment.Lots of sickos here on the N24.I just wonder how they would feel if its one of their family members or their child.The man lost his daughter and the least he could have its some kind of closure.

  • Vic - 2012-03-18 10:10

    I hope that if someone does have clues, which leads to a conviction, then they will not take the reward.They should have come forward in the beginning anyway. It's an innocent girl's life that was taken in a cowardly manner.

  • prince.mangunda - 2012-03-18 10:17

    plse somebody help this family its painful to loose a child this way!God lead this investigation!

  • Francois - 2012-03-18 10:17

    If money is, what is required to resolve this murder case, then go for it. I really hope the truth comes out and more importantly, I hope the murderer is caught. Goodluck with this. I can just imagine what you are going through and the utter frustration to have lived through a blunder of bad policing.

  • lizl.snyman - 2012-03-18 10:35

    I cannot believe the suffering of these parents. 7 years of hell is what they have been through! I pray that the murderer is exposed and that he or she will pay for the sorrow and heartache caused by this cruelty. I think any parent will be just as happy as the Lotz couple to see this case resolved!

  • robbieyahu - 2012-03-18 11:06

    lets help the father and mother get "closure" ...or rather exposure to enable closure.... i do admire the father putting up such a large reward for the lies to be exposed (the truth is always hidden by the evil ones) i followed this case for a long time, the boyfriend was accused corrupt cops ...cops involved in evil things ...i would say that the best starting point is to thoroughly investigate the cops who handled this case .... we know who they are ...

  • Simthandile Mpondo - 2012-03-18 11:12

    John u r making a fool of ur self by bringing in racist comments when it's not required. This is not about previously disadvantaged " moegoes" as u call black children but about a painful plight of a family looking for justice for what happened to their daughter. Don't take the platform away from them with ur bloody stupidity Get a life boet.

  • Andile Oscar Mtshiselwa - 2012-03-18 11:16

    Someone out there knows what happened. Why torture the parents as well. Dont you have a heart and human feeling. All these parents want is to close the chapter

  • Christopher - 2012-03-18 11:18

    Stupid Police...useless!!

  • Nurse - 2012-03-18 11:27

    This was a crime of passion. The killer is someone who was close to her at the time. Someone must know something.

  • paulgerber969 - 2012-03-18 11:43

    @Simnikiwe if you look at your Facebook profile pic. u r a real arse??le

  • braamc - 2012-03-18 11:48

    Useless police force, here is a surprise

  • Andile Oscar Mtshiselwa - 2012-03-18 11:50

    Someone out there knows what happened. Why torture the parents as well. Dont you have a heart and human feeling. All these parents want is to close the chapter

  • Kevin - 2012-03-18 11:56

    Hope you are successful .The murderer deserves to be behind bars.

  • Andile Oscar Mtshiselwa - 2012-03-18 12:09

    Someone out there knows what happened. Why torture the parents as well. Dont you have a heart and human feeling. All these parents want is to close the chapter

      Simthandile Mpondo - 2012-03-18 12:17

      Hayi Andile sivile.

  • Itu Santino Cortez - 2012-03-18 12:30

    “Before I die, that is the least I can do for her. No amount of money is too much for this.”. Sometimes i dream of a day when Bounty Hunting will be legal , I'l start with Zuma

  • Holden - 2012-03-18 12:31

    My heart goes out to the Lotzes and to Fred van der Vyver for their loss. I don't think that this is such a difficult case to solve, quite honestly. On the evidence available it seems to me that she knew her killer. My advice would be for the Lotzes to hire Dr David Klatzow to co-ordinate the new investigation. YOU magazine mentioned some years ago that there was on particular person whose alibi could not be confirmed. Why not start there? There are cellphone records and other externally available pieces of information that could both open and close various doors. I do hope for the sake of the Lotzes and Fred van der Vyver that the murderer is brought to book sooner rather than later.

  • Cassandra Olivier - 2012-03-18 13:01

    Who ever did this might have paid someone to make the evidence disappear. Just a thought.

  • Madulla - 2012-03-18 13:26

    This is a tragic story of a beautiful young women whose murder exposed the SA Police force for what it presently is - pathetic at best. Tragic for Fred v/d Vyver but even more so for the grief-stricken Lotze parents and family. There will always be a pall of suspicion hanging over v/d Vyver's head. This year, he will mount his challenge to claim R46 million from the police. The ONLY way that he can clear his name is also pursue the hunt for Inge's killer and if he really is innocent, must offer his own reward to find that person. This case is reminiscent of the OJ Simpson trial, where Simpson only got off because off gross police incompetence. We now know that the person closest to the victim murdered her. This case has a similar ring to it and if I were Fred, then I would walk to the ends of this earth to find the 'real murderer' and to bring closure and finality to all fingers of suspicion.

  • Ryan - 2012-03-18 15:29

    Good may you find ypur peace

  • Kruger - 2012-03-18 15:31

    My heart go's out to this father and family,I hope the wheel turns fast and the killer gets his day SOON !!!!

  • Leon - 2012-03-18 17:13

    Prof. Lotz; I wish you only success. It is said that no parent should outlive their children. I think it's only because the pain of the parent is all but unbearable. I hope you find some measure of justice sir.

  • Lincoln - 2012-03-18 21:22

    He should e-mail Dateline NBC to come do the story...

  • Drienie - 2012-03-18 22:56

    Please visit and like the "Justice for INGE LOTZ" page on facebook.

      tracey.baard - 2012-03-19 08:23

      here a link to the page: . hope the family can get closure.

  • ReunionofIntelligentMinds - 2012-03-18 23:22

    My heart goes out to the parents to wake up every single day and only think about their daughter's cruel demise. I hope the killer confided in someone and that someone needs the money so much that the much needed info reaches the father.South Africa had good police detectives who left the police and persued other opportunities. Here I am thinking of previous murder and robbery investigators.Some of them might be interested?

      Cynthia - 2012-03-19 10:55

      I hope that if the killer did confide in someone that the "someone" doesn't get bumped off because of this knowledge. Hope the "someone" has written down anything connected to this tgragic case.

  • Mike - 2012-03-19 07:56

    Ah it does the heart good to see all the SAPS vehicles leaving the shopping centres with their goodies,'company vehicles' and girlfriends in the afternoon - and if you're ever unlucky enough to be broad sided in traffic by a New SA driver, hope you're ready to have the officers unholster their pistols to intimidate you "whiteys" at the charge office. One of the many open secrets of SA is how little it costs for evidence to disappear, even murder dockets for a R1000 - and after trampling evidence from the crime scene, take pot lock on the almost non existent, under staffed and under trained "forensics" department. And finally, you make it to court - which can can take many more years during which evidence will evaporate if the culprit is in any way connected to the ruling political elite at local or national level. A revelation in trial and tribulation awaits, with lawyers fighting over the last scraps of your savings that the state hasn't already taxed out of you to fund these institutions corruption, spite and indifference - and for the first time, African racism will confront you at every corridor, official and moment. Thankfully, only a small proportion of cases result in arrests, and of those only a microscopic part result in convictions - just as well, for there aren't enough prisons to hold the every growing number of politically sanctioned 'part time' criminals. Spending their social grants at shebeens, life is good!

  • Francois - 2012-03-19 08:31

    Please go and visit its time to know the truth

  • Arthur - 2012-03-19 09:01

    I feel for you, sir...and you are right, this matter needs to be brought to finality A man walks free and from then on, nobody gives a hoot about getting justice for this terrible crime I hope that the R1 million gets some results for this man

  • Kagiso - 2012-03-19 09:20

    *crying* my heart goes out for this guy....may God guide him and his family, and touch people's hearts to confess their deeds and involvement

  • Pierre - 2012-03-19 09:34

    A guilty man is not innocent just because the police were incompetent or dishonest.

  • Cynthia - 2012-03-19 10:34

    I am sure someone will come forward and I hope they do. My heart and thoughts go out to you. Time does not heal, it only makes you remember what you have lost. Don't give up. Money is always a great incentive.

  • Smoke.ZN - 2012-03-19 11:34

    Now that is a father's love.....

  • Michelle - 2012-03-19 11:47

    I know Piet Byleveld retired...but I think the father must approach him...he's good he'll find the guilty person(s).

  • Daryl - 2012-03-20 12:37

    The Police and Hawks are aware of who the “Suspect” is in the Inge Lotz murder! In fact I have supplied the Police with an “Eye-witness” Affidavit as to the IDENTITY of the MURDERER! As a Private Investigator as mandated by Mr. Louis van der Vyver to IDENTIFY Inge Lotz’s MURDERER, I conducted the necessary investigation and then IDENTIFIED an Eye-witness to the Murder of Inge Lotz. Having supplied the said Affidavit to Major General Mark Magadlela, Piet Viljoen was appointed by Magadlela to investigate the “validity” of the Affidavit. Viljoen then arranged that the Eye-witness undergo a Polygraph test, which the said Eye-witness PASSED without ANY DECEPTION SHOWN. The reason why the Police are NOT taking action against the IDENTIFIED SUSPECT is because there is an ongoing Civil Action against the Minister of Police and to make an arrest now, would possibly be detrimental to the Defendant (Minister of Police) case. I would like to meet with and exchange views with Jaccie (family member of Juanita Lotz), who earlier suggested that the family had their “suspicions.” Anthony Altbeker’s book, Fruit of a poisoned tree is a MUST read for anybody as interested in the Court case against Fred. Daryl Els

      TaniaSandraSteyn - 2012-03-21 01:07

      Daryl, have you spoken to her Father? Would he accept your evidence, once presented?

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