Man allegedly kills ex while kids sleep

2013-01-01 16:37

Johannesburg - A police warrant officer was shot dead in Rocklands near Uitenhage on Tuesday, Eastern Cape police said.

Captain Stanley Jarvis said Warrant Officer Tessa Steyn, 43, was shot dead allegedly by her former husband Fanus Rautenbach at around 04:00.

He said two young children were woken by gunshots early on Tuesday morning in the house they were staying in at a Rocklands smallholding.

They found the bodies of Steyn and Rautenbach in the living room.

Rautenbach allegedly shot Steyn dead before turning the gun on himself, Jarvis said.

Steyn was attached to the Motherwell police station and Rautenbach was a former policeman, he was working for a security company at the time of his death.

The couple were formerly married but divorced at the time of the shooting.

He said two cartridges and a 9mm pistol were found at the scene.

A murder and inquest docket had been opened.

  • caine.abel.75 - 2013-01-01 16:56

    What a coward and a thief.....pity the kids

  • Mike Peach Purchase - 2013-01-01 16:56

    Those poor children.

  • Delene Labuschagne - 2013-01-01 17:02

    and these are the very ppl we trust 2 take care of us and protect us,,then they the ppl who cannot be trusted with a firearm, we need firearms 2 protect ourselves against crazy loonies like them

      immanuell.mathekga - 2013-01-01 17:38

      Speak 4 urself, I have guns. Many sorts rifles and pistols. Please get urself one before it s 2 late. I feel pity 4 dose little kids.

      logical007 - 2013-01-01 18:24

      @ Immanuell Before you comment please learn to write English for a forum. Quit this text messaging language, and what is 'dose'? is this the reason our schooling is rated so poorly? And bragging about 'your guns' makes me believe you own zero guns! This incident is sad but expected with the lack of training in our police force today!

      rodney.louis.7 - 2013-01-01 18:47

      @ logic ... get with the times idiot !..rather focus on the content

      jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2013-01-02 09:21

      mmanuell. Mahekga. A man with many guns is usually a scared man.

  • marilyn.docherty.9 - 2013-01-01 17:02

    Another police officer/ex involved in a shooting! Poor litle children without parents because of a gun. I am sure the police officers/ex are not psychologically screened!

  • tholakele.mngadi.3 - 2013-01-01 17:12

    Pheeeeew! I'm so glad they are not black, otherwise we would be having 199 comments already. Creating orphans the unnatural way. He is such a corward!!

      maria.roth.589 - 2013-01-01 17:34

      I feel so sorry for the children in this racist country.

      rude.awakning - 2013-01-01 17:52

      your country is not racist! You have a small number of left and right idiots who are racist! As for the story, its the saddest thing to hear that kids have been orphaned through the actions by one of their parents! Kids across the world are affected by adults who cant deal with conflict! Morals, values and goodness knows what are all lacking!

      gerhard.vandenberg.5 - 2013-01-03 08:38

      He is not a cowward.. F-YOU!

  • Sea-party Mogorowsy - 2013-01-01 17:13

    It is so sad! now the kids will have to grow up without both parents. what was he thinking? ya neh *sigh*

      diana.gill.18 - 2013-01-01 18:28

      Normally a bastard like this doesnt think about his children. Only thing which drives him is to teach that (w)itch a lesson. He would even justify himself for orphaning them as "it is only her fault that i am driven to this state and forced to punish their mother". The same time he is probably very much scared of an inevitable outcome i.e. prison term and the easiest way to avoid it is to end up his own life. Moreover looks like the guy wanted to be remembered for his "tragic" life story so in his twisted mind suicide has served this purpose the best.

  • trevor.pietersen.3 - 2013-01-01 17:15

    Shame the poor children... was the gun not in a safe?

      Sharon - 2013-01-02 10:34

      It was probably HIS gun!

  • simbarashe.muyengwa.3 - 2013-01-01 17:17

    May he not rest in peace

      gerhard.vandenberg.5 - 2013-01-05 09:19

      May you have restless nights, you COWARD!!!!

      gerhard.vandenberg.5 - 2013-01-05 09:20

      And the same to you the day you pass on.

  • Mike Peach Purchase - 2013-01-01 17:38

    Madise you aint seen nothing yet!

  • Mike Peach Purchase - 2013-01-01 17:41

    Immanuel so how many firearms do you have?

  • makarapakaplan - 2013-01-01 17:42

    Idivorce can get really nasty ,it turns people.....

      Yandisa Rwaai - 2013-01-01 18:35

      Makara...(what what) why do you wanna see my face do you wanna hook up ...i dont do men boy!!

  • johan.jacobs.5680 - 2013-01-01 17:48

    04:00 Not a good time, to settle differences.Poor kids.

  • John - 2013-01-01 17:51

    Why are the names of the deceased quoted, do the children not deserve at least minimal protection from the media?

      sabelo.l.mthembu - 2013-01-01 18:19

      That is why the names of the children were not quoted. That is the minimal protection from the media!

  • charmaine.paterson1 - 2013-01-01 17:51

    This is so sad for the children, my thoughts are with them.

  • zahierm - 2013-01-01 17:53

    I am absolutely stunned at the utter garbage and drivel by what can only be dscribed as keyboard cowards. It is a tragedy ... period. Our inability to distinguish this in the year 2013 is a sad reflection on us. We are human for crying out loud!

      Adeeb Saban - 2013-01-01 18:50

      Zahier, u could not have said it better!!

      gerhard.vandenberg.5 - 2013-01-05 09:18

      Thank you so much. Your words are appriciated by the family of Fanus.

  • Modikoe.Elias.Ramongana - 2013-01-01 17:57

    Editor are u lazy to gether the whole info,how did he gain entrance into the house or they were both sharing the bed(bad)room?

      gerhard.vandenberg.5 - 2013-01-03 08:34

      Let me help you. It was his house, she moved back to him two weeks before the shooting! Stop making him look bad, you do not know what the story behind the story is... And please, think of what your crappy comments is doing to both families, you are not making it a joy ride!!!!

  • Mike Peach Purchase - 2013-01-01 18:03

    Charmaine dont let that person get to you,you are stronger than that.

  • diana.gill.18 - 2013-01-01 18:15

    You wont believe it how many cops are mentally screwed and should be locked up in a looney house for the good of everyone around them.

      diana.gill.18 - 2013-01-01 18:59

      I dont think there's any reason to bring race into a story. White or black kids left orphans because daddy killed mommy or mommy killed daddy - it is same tragic. Regarding police forces mental health - unfortunately incidents involving some derailed cop are happening all over the world.

      garth.philpot - 2013-01-02 08:41

      I am amazed by the amount of racist comments by black people on here. not just this story... many others. With the world at their doorsteps, they still harbor a grudge ( I am assuming that the racists on here live a life of privilege if hey have smartphones and computers to post here, and are enjoying the many benefits of AA and BEE). To come on here and say that this is something that is a problem in white society is foolish. I have read at least four articles on here over the last year where the culprits and victims were all black policemen and their family.

      jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2013-01-02 09:32

      Diana.gill.18. You know many then. How?.

      jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2013-01-02 09:33

      Fezile.Ntontela. Much experience with white cops?, Don't cross the line so often and you should be just fine.

      jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2013-01-02 09:35

      Garth Philpot. Don't worry they only dare to spew at whites via their computers. Brain dead most of them.

  • Mike Peach Purchase - 2013-01-01 18:15

    Seeing how you are insulting some here i take you know about porn movies and they were good hey,like d inglish langwig.

      themba.thwala.775 - 2013-01-01 18:30

      Hey you, one minute you are in the middle separating others who are fighting, the next minute you start the fight. What's wrong with you?

  • Kwanele Mzwanele Masoka - 2013-01-01 18:16

    If that morron was working for a security company then why the hell was he carrying a firearm while off duty.

  • Mike Peach Purchase - 2013-01-01 18:18

    But a door mat is a good thing,it keeps your house clean otherwise you would walk in the dirt you brought in.

  • Yandisa Rwaai - 2013-01-01 18:19

    Lol!! Mike keep your g-string on boy!! Youve now become the mouthpiece of the defenseless...# quantifying people's strengths you dont know ...ja typical!! You're really Mr Know it all!!

      jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2013-01-02 09:37

      Yandisa.Rwaai. Mister know it all? Pity we can't say the same about you.

  • Yandisa Rwaai - 2013-01-01 18:23

    Is it the case of a kettle calling the pot black my boy??

  • Mike Peach Purchase - 2013-01-01 18:32

    Hehehe yandisa that got you on your toes,boy hehehe!

      Yandisa Rwaai - 2013-01-01 18:46

      Lol!! Mr Peaches!! Nxa lol!!

  • Simon Maabe - 2013-01-01 18:35

    And how was headless, idiot Zuma involved here?

  • Mike Peach Purchase - 2013-01-01 18:48

    Get what you give pal,simple.

  • Mike Peach Purchase - 2013-01-01 18:49

    Hehehe lol,s in 2013.

  • Mike Peach Purchase - 2013-01-01 18:55

    Happy 2013 everyone keep it tidy.

      themba.thwala.775 - 2013-01-01 19:03

      Happy 2013 MPP. Play nice this year ne :)

  • ray.molekoa.5 - 2013-01-01 19:44

    Sick racists South African bastards , going on ripping each other's S's out and having fun !

      themba.thwala.775 - 2013-01-01 19:52

      You need to have your mouth disinfected with bleach and Jeyes fluid. That will deal with your swearing as if you are a drunk sailor

      gerhard.vandenberg.5 - 2013-01-05 09:14

      Thank you for your crap comment. The family is going through a rough time and all you can do is bad mouth some one they love dearly! Do not do to others you do not want done to you!!!!

  • siyabonga.phungula1 - 2013-01-01 20:16

    shame about children. its sad that people are turning this to a race thing

  • willie.botha.9480 - 2013-01-01 20:26

    This is really sad. What is to happen with the kids now ? Their lifes are in ruin because of this idiot.

      gerhard.vandenberg.5 - 2013-01-05 09:09

      Willie. Fanus was nie n idioot nie, hy sou nooit so iets gedoen het nie. Daar is baie vrae oor die moord, veral van Fanus se familie af. Hulle het n speurder ingekry om die saak verder te ondersoek. Fanus is aan die linker kant geskiet maar hy was regs... Bid eerder dat die familie die antwoorde op hulle vrae kry, as om slegte goed te skryf oor n man wat nie sulke dade sou doen nie.

  • rollingstone.kanyane - 2013-01-01 20:28

    after all i have spent on my marriege counting on all my semen and the time i wasted on you then decide to divorce and take away my kids will blow your brains out

      gerhard.vandenberg.5 - 2013-01-05 09:06

      Why do you say such terrible things, Fanus would never have done this, He was right handed and was Shot on the left side... There is many Question marks about this, and Fanus's family will not leave it untill the real story is revealed. They do believe there is a big ratt in the grass... So please rahter pray for the family to get the answers they are fighting for.

      gerhard.vandenberg.5 - 2013-01-05 09:06

      Why do you say such terrible things, Fanus would never have done this, He was right handed and was Shot on the left side... There is many Question marks about this, and Fanus's family will not leave it untill the real story is revealed. They do believe there is a big ratt in the grass... So please rahter pray for the family to get the answers they are fighting for.

  • lynette.a.erasmus - 2013-01-01 21:25

    Tessa and Fanus, glad you are not here to read tese comments, SAPS members, carryon the good work you are doing, I am a clerk in SAPS 27 yrs, my husband, two sisters and one brother in law are SAPS members, they are good hard working people all with more than 25 years service each, we all know Tessa and Faus and as we dont have the right to judge them, just pray fot the children and their families, South Africa, not all SAPS members are bad people.

  • lynette.a.erasmus - 2013-01-01 21:27

    Those persons commenting on Fanus he was a very dedicated member of Murder and Robbery for many years, solved many cases, served SA and SAPS well, dont judge

  • chantelle.meiring.16 - 2013-01-01 21:32

    It is so easy to be critical but remember that there are children who are hurting and all you are doing is causing harm by your rude uncalled for comments. My husband and family members are in the police and you insult those who work under crap conditions. You are the cowards with your rude uncalled for comments may it never happen to your family but then again maybe we can then comment on your mistakes.

  • Notrax123 - 2013-01-01 23:02

    Police are human as well. A police persons level of stress at work is much higher than the standard Joe Block. I may sound like a male chauvinist pig, but women tend to get "lonely" when their hubbies are doing their duty. All the violence against partners have been commited by male members on wives, girlfriends, and ex-wives. Nothing can prepare us for the wild emotions of betrayal when we find that our loved ones have cheated. As adults we do not think of those left behind. Sad, very sad.

      khethu.ndlovu.3 - 2013-01-02 02:33

      Have to agree with you.

  • khethu.ndlovu.3 - 2013-01-02 03:04

    This is soo very sad, i feel sooo bad for the innocent kids. I also understand the man's frustrations, if you havent been there you will never understand, you choose a woman amongst many and your life become intertwined with hers, life becomes so unliveable without her, you sacrifise everything and everybody to be with her, and then after a couple of years she thinks you're boring and useless, thats the most painfull thing i will never wish even for a white person. You just simply stop breathing, you become a zombie, ask me, honestly. You have to be a super something not to blow the woman's brains out.

      siyasanga.tshemese - 2013-01-02 06:11

      dude go see a shrink before you blow some woman's brain out. and by the way theres no excuse for orphaning innocent children.

      khethu.ndlovu.3 - 2013-01-02 07:20

      Did i say i wanted to blow some woman's brains out? Please read carefully before you offer any advices, shrink!

  • linda.heerden - 2013-01-02 06:15

    And the senseless madness continues.... Did this brainless act solve anything?

  • siyasanga.tshemese - 2013-01-02 06:29

    fact is a woman is killed, children are left without a mother and you people are going on about the police force and your brothers and family members who are in the force (as if we give a isht), yoll are going on about woman who cheat and even pulling the race card. what the ufck! you dont know what happened between those people.

  • maluxionn - 2013-01-02 07:32

    To all women if you plan to leave your husband because of problems here at home don't start it by cheating rather leave him honestly, bcos if he founds out that you're cheating on him it drives him crazy en I'm telling you he will harm you.No man will take cheating from his wife it is a horrible thing to can ever happen to a man.Women stop cheating it is scandalous

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  • jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2013-01-02 09:17

    The children were not worthy of a second thought. How could he?.

  • michel.wrede1 - 2013-01-02 12:27

    Why are people now making this a racist crime. I am sure this kind of thing happens in all races, rather go on your hands and knees and pray that it never happens in your family. leave the SAP out of this. this force is out fighting crime everyday in a thankless job and always in danger. GO ON YOUR HAND AND KNEES AND PRAY FOR THE CHILDREN WHO ARE LEFT BEHIND. THEY GONNA NEED ALL THE LOVE AND ASSISTANCE FOR THEIR LIVES. SAP Thank you for all the good work you do that just always seems to go un noticed

  • enigstekubaan - 2013-01-03 14:06

    Liewe Aarde, maar hier is darem baie negatiewe en bitter mense in die Lewe. Julle wat so gou is om te beskuldig, pasop dat jy nie iets oor jou eie gein plaas sonder dat julle dit besef nie. Fanus was `n skitterende, nee, hy was `n Legende en nie een van ons was daar om so vingers te wil wys nie. Niemand weet wat presies daar in die sitkamer gebeur het nie en nog minder weet enigiemand wat die laaste woorde tussen hulle was. Kom ons los God se werke en dat Hy die besluite neem en ons hier op Aarde vergewe mekaar en geniet die Lewe verder.

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