Manse murder - son arrested

2012-11-10 07:10

Bloemfontein - The 28-year-old son of the NG Church dominee who was murdered in Harrismith, has been arrested, Volksblad reports.

The son’s arrest came hours after a man, his clothes covered in blood, was arrested along the N3.

Willem Brits, 60, and his daughter’s fiancé, 25-year-old Gerhard Vermeulen, died during the brutal attack at the manse on Thursday evening. The clergyman was shot and hacked with an axe. Vermeulen was shot.

His wife, Dorothea, who was also attacked with an axe, is fighting for her life in a Bloemfontein hospital.

Their daughter Thea, 24, who was at home at the time of the attack, was tied up and left unharmed.

The SABC reported on Saturday morning that police were investigating the possibility of a contract murder.


  • Kekeletso.nax - 2012-11-10 07:30

    Oh there goes our society, such news is so depressing really.

  • nicky.saaiman.1 - 2012-11-10 07:32

    Death penalty

      sicelo.brukwe.9 - 2012-11-10 09:44

      Hang him on a washing line and let him die slowly

      blip.noodlum - 2012-11-11 04:17

      You guys are clearly brutish enough to be murderers too, I hope you realise?

      jcoetzee1975 - 2012-11-11 06:19

      agree sickelo

  • philippus.badenhorst - 2012-11-10 07:34

    Die seun was vir 'n paar jr. reëds in die tronk vir bedrog. Sy ouers het hulle oor hom ontferm...soos alle ander ouers sal doen. Hartseer storie die.

      ina.cripps - 2012-11-10 10:05

      Baie dankie vir die verduideliking. Soos altyd, is daar maar 'n storie agter 'storie. Baie hartseer inderdaad.

      talana.malherbe - 2012-11-13 11:31

      @ina,cripps, storie agter 'n storie??

  • achaava - 2012-11-10 07:36

    this story doesnt make sense....o well...with all the comments from yesterday id like to see one person justify FFP notion to get sanctions...when this was a crime was instigated by someone cleary close to the family....did government tell him to kill people he knows? Catch a wake up..south africa has a issue as a whole..dealing with it by pointing fingers gets u diddly squat...

      sicelo.brukwe.9 - 2012-11-10 09:41

      Klein baas killed once and for all, true story

  • giselle.t.dias - 2012-11-10 07:36

    Wow this is shocking,the poor quality of language and grammar usage. Please show more respect to the readers and the people you are reporting on.

  • sicelo.brukwe.9 - 2012-11-10 07:38

    Our mothers use to pray for the safety of our fathers, uncles and brothers when they worked in mines so that so the stones must not fall and heart them. Ladies please show your magic on this doomed society as well!!

  • quentin.horn1 - 2012-11-10 07:44


  • gert.swart.393 - 2012-11-10 07:48

    And they blamed the government and even called for sanction. I am fed up with the politics of confrontation played by the minority parties in this country. In stead of always being negative in their critisim, they shoud rather co-operate and help to solve problems in the country.

      zimbobwe.mugabe - 2012-11-10 07:59

      ... because it was one of them. People get killed everyday and no word from the FF(Freedom Fools). A mother in Pretoria North Theresa Park was raped and stabbed to death while her two kids were strangled in their house. No word from the Freedom Fools.

      jomar.delange - 2012-11-10 08:54

      @Gert - It's called confirmation bias.

  • gkieser1 - 2012-11-10 08:06

    A sad story. But very very very poorly written.Does nobody check the article before it is released to the public?

  • deborah.gage.31 - 2012-11-10 08:09

    One would expect a journalist to have better grammar!

  • ompi.khang - 2012-11-10 08:16

    It is very sad to read about comments from idiots who blamed our government for family matters and see how stupid they are to call for sanctions.

      gert.swart.393 - 2012-11-10 09:44

      @zimbobwe.mugabe - True... Why is that so?... Superiority complex???

      amandaphumzile.noconjo - 2012-11-10 18:52

      and today they can only comment on the grammar of the article

  • phillip.beukes.5 - 2012-11-10 08:18

    Talliep, Dewani, Griekwastad and so many more.... It is really sad that we live in such a brutal society where it is easier to murder loved ones, than it is to just walk away. It seems that greed and total intollarance of each other, is more inportant than the sanctity of life.

  • majwarha.balakisi - 2012-11-10 08:26

    FFP stupid white idiots who thinks one day they will have a White only country here in south africa. When you were in government you killed hundreds of thousands of people, and now you have a nerve to say its government that killed those people.

      blip.noodlum - 2012-11-10 09:33

      Hundreds of thousands died of old age and sundry other natural causes, that's for sure. In the USA and the USSR and elsewhere too. Your point is...??

      izak.burger.3 - 2012-11-10 10:00

      I suspect the actual apartheid death toll measures in the hundreds, maybe thousands. It is really a silly comparison to make usually, because when you do, then compared to hitler, mao and stalin apartheid begins to look positively saintly.

      maria.roth.589 - 2012-11-11 23:23

      Actually they did not it was your much venerated ANC who killed people like flies. It is called intimidation. It is the exception rather than the rule for whites to kill and it is unfortunately the norm to find that people have been hacked to death by some or other racist and as a result people are inclined to jump to conclusions. In my family we have numerous stories of attacks and it was never whites who did it. So stop the racist rant. The government are far from innocent and have a lot of blood on their hands. It is sad when anybody is harmed by malevolent people.

  • TawwaTienie - 2012-11-10 08:28

    He was murdered but later arrested. Is this a comic.

  • Natsvdm - 2012-11-10 08:38

    So wish the death penalty was an option....

  • stephen.j.coetzee.5 - 2012-11-10 08:47

    Put the bastard away forever.Greedy scumbag...!!

  • gavin.harington - 2012-11-10 08:53

    quite a confusing start to the story

  • khethu.ndlovu.3 - 2012-11-10 08:58

    It must be the daughter who was tied up who pinned her brother for a crime committed by a black savage thug, our prescious whites are just victims of a well ochastrated genocide from these un educated murdering blacks, our farmers are not capable to commit barbaric crimes such as these. Oh! God how i wish i was born white!!

      charl.malan.12 - 2012-11-10 09:08

      Your sarcasm doesn't suit your hairstyle!

      carolyn.simshandcock - 2012-11-10 09:18

      I totally agree with you although your sarcasm will escape some of the readers - we all jumped to the conclusion that the murder was committed by Blacks - and now none of us will have the grace to admit it!

      sicelo.brukwe.9 - 2012-11-10 09:28

      Chuck Norris admire committed these murders

  • Riaan Venter - 2012-11-10 08:59

    Mmm the daughter left unharmed!!!maybe she is in on it?

      sicelo.brukwe.9 - 2012-11-10 09:25

      Let's give the arm of the law a role on this field

  • jomar.delange - 2012-11-10 09:00

    Where is all the shrill racial outrage now? Didn't this one cause the FF to call for sanctions?

  • gunther.jurgens77 - 2012-11-10 09:05

    um ja, en hierdie is die perfekte dag om weer te se, SNAAKS, hoe nie een Sabbat houer in die HELE SUID AFRIKA is nie vermoor nie, nie een 7de dag Adventis nie, nie een Israeliet nie, 7th day Sabbath Keepers , do not get killed. Mal 3:18 “Then you shall again see the difference between the righteous and the wrong, between one who serves Elohim and one who does not serve Him. so, in hierdie geval, een baal priester is dood, en eks op die kinders se kant, hierdie is hoekom ek sit in exile nou. ek sou die selfde ding doen, ek wag, vir die Dag.

      jomar.delange - 2012-11-10 09:12

      um ek hoop jy bly in exile

      sicelo.brukwe.9 - 2012-11-10 09:24

      Recruiting for more church members!

      blip.noodlum - 2012-11-10 09:35

      hahaha... be serious

      izak.burger.3 - 2012-11-10 09:44

      Statisties gesproke is die sabatshouers min, so jy bedryf heel moontlik 'n valse argument hier. Correlation does not imply causation.

      gert.swart.393 - 2012-11-10 09:48

      Hahahahaha "Hierdie is hoekom ek sit in exile nou." Nee, ek dink jy sit in exile oor jou swak afrikaans.

      charljnaude - 2012-11-10 09:49

      Idiot !!!!!!!!

      talana.malherbe - 2012-11-13 11:39

      Met "exile" bedoel jy nie dalk "asylum" nie?? Jy klink nie vir my reg nie! Jy klink soos die spreekwoordelike "Valse Profeet"

  • cindy.dunn.9 - 2012-11-10 09:12

    HARRISMITH. – In ’n skokkende wending is Martin Brits (28), seun van die vermoorde ds. Willem Brits (60), in hegtenis geneem weens die wrede aanval Donderdagaand in die pastorie waarin sy pa en aanstaande swaer vermoor en sy ma kritiek beseer is.\r\n\r\nBrits jr. is gisteraand ná intense ondervraging deur die polisie in hegtenis geneem, is aan Volksblad gesê.\r\n\r\nSy inhegtenisneming het gekom nadat ’n 30-jarige man van Mpumalanga kort ná die aanval met bebloede klere en gesteelde goed uit die pastorie langs die N3 vasgetrek is.\r\n\r\nDs. Brits, leraar van die NG kerk Kerkenberg, is met ’n byl gekap en geskiet en sy aanstaande skoonseun, Gerhard Vermeulen (25), is doodgeskiet.\r\n\r\nDs. Brits, wat ná die aanval in ’n koma was, is gisteroggend in die Mediclinic Hoogland op Bethlehem dood.\r\n\r\nDie predikantsvrou, Dorothea Brits (59), is met ’n byl in die kop gekap. Sy is per lugambulans na Bloemfontein gebring. Sy was gisteraand steeds in ’n kritieke toestand in die Mediclinic Bloemfontein en sou gisteraand deur ’n neurochirurg geopereer word.\r\n\r\nDie Brits-egpaar se dogter, Thea (24), die vermoorde Vermeulen se verloofde, is vasgebind, maar nie beseer nie.\r\n\r\nVolgens aanvanklike bewerings is Martin, wat nou agter tralies is, in die aanval oor die kop geslaan en bewusteloos in ’n bad water gelos.\r\n\r\nDs. Bobby Scherrer, emeritus-predikant van Kerkenberg, het gister vroegmiddag gesê die twee predikantskinders Thea en Martin sukkel nog om die legkaartstukke bymekaar te sit. “Thea is baie getraumatiseerd. Al haar drome wat die pad vorentoe betref, is verwoes.” Sy en Vermeulen sou volgende April trou.\r\n\r\nMartin het ná die treurspel aan Scherrer gesê die familie was omstreeks 21:00 in die TV-kamer toe daar skielik ’n aanvaller met ’n vuurwapen in die deur staan.\r\n\r\nHy het gesê hy het in opdrag van die aanvaller sy pa, ma, suster en haar verloofde met kabelbinders vasgebind. Die aanvaller het toe sy pa met ’n byl in die kop gekap.\r\n\r\nMartin het aan Scherrer gesê hy is met ’n pistool oor die kop geslaan en bewusteloos deur ’n aanvaller in die bad gelos. Die krane is oopgedraai en die badkamer se deur is gesluit. “Martin het gesê toe hy weer bykom, het hy in die bad gesit. Slegs sy voete was vasgebind en hy kon die krane toedraai.”\r\n\r\nDie polisie het gister gesê Thea het daarin geslaag om los te kom en hulp te ontbied.\r\n\r\nDs. Brits het as jong predikant leraar van die NG kerk Kerkenberg geword en was 32 jaar hier predikant. Scherrer sê Brits het ’n besonderse passie vir en deernis met mense gehad.\r\n\r\nWillem le Roux, die vermoorde Vermeulen se stiefpa, het gister gesê Gerhard was sy staatmaker wat hom deur dik en dun bygestaan het.\r\n\r\nDs. Brits word deur nog twee seuns, Dawid en Willie, oorleef.\r\n\r\nGerhard word ook deur sy ma, Santie le Roux, ’n suster, Anna, ’n halfsuster, Christa le Roux, en ’n halfbroer, Nelus le Roux, oorleef.\r\n\r\nBrits jr. en die ander man wat in hegtenis geneem is, sal na verwagting Maandag in die hof verskyn.\r\n\r\nSers. Mmako Mophiring, polisiewoordvoerder, het gisteraand gesê die motief vir die aanval en moorde word nog ondersoek

      francois.r.bester - 2012-11-10 13:44

      maklik.martin wou n plaas erf so gou as pa wou hom seker onterf.martin is net die bewys van die tye waarin ons leef.hy is te sleg om te werk, steel, bedrieg en vermoor eerder vir geld, maar werk? nooit!hulle moet hom met n byl doodslaan.

      kobie.nel1 - 2012-11-10 17:37

      Dankie Cindy. Ek sal graag wil weet wat die kleur was van die een wat langs die pad in hegtenis geneem is, en of hy dalk die een is wat die byl geswaai het. Feit bly, ek raak erg bekommerd oor die wit jonges wat moor.

      blip.noodlum - 2012-11-11 04:20

      Desperate to deflect guilt off the white man on to a black man, are you?

  • kent.harding.9 - 2012-11-10 09:22

    For a second there l thought the dominees son was arrested for faking his own murder.

  • Donna-loo Boesmanklong Van Nell - 2012-11-10 09:29

    After reading most of the earlier comments, i am disappointed in the continuous racial remarks (both ways) and this after more than a decade's democracy. I salute the SAPS for a job well done. From a hopeful young graduate.

      sydney.nhlapo.3 - 2012-11-10 10:34

      I cant agree with u more, but fortunatly for most of us. it is perpetrated by small minorities from both sides.

      talana.malherbe - 2012-11-13 11:42

      @donna-loo, sick isn't it! A family was murdered, and people turn this into a racial thing? I hang my head in shame!

  • KingPro - 2012-11-10 10:09

    "The son’s arrest came hours after a man, his clothes covered in blood, was arrested along the N3". Possibly the worst bit of journalistic writing I've ever come across... What does this sentence mean?!

  • Riaan Venter - 2012-11-10 10:14

    Uh waar kan ek aansoek doen vir exile!!!

  • sydney.nhlapo.3 - 2012-11-10 10:16

    Some people were advocating for sanctions already, what a shame.

  • Riaan Venter - 2012-11-10 10:18

    Yeah ray just as two faced as your leader who called Mbeki a snake and now all of a sudden his tjommie!DUH!

      ray.molekoa.5 - 2012-11-10 10:31

      Riaan , I don't support trash leadership of the ANC nor any black criminals . They don't represent who black people are . Does the Nylstroom guy who hurt his wife represent white people's way of resolving family issues ? According to me , no . Anyway , you guys harbors so much hatred for all black people one wonders why you are still in this part of the world .

  • tony.vanniekerk.35 - 2012-11-10 10:32

    It seems Afriforum needs to do some introspection.

  • sicelo.brukwe.9 - 2012-11-10 10:41

    Maybe this guy wanted to join AGs Kerk

  • KingPro - 2012-11-10 10:42

    On a personal note, I've had fun watching all the racist bigots eating a tasty slice of humble pie... Hahaha!!! Crime is crime irrespective of colour.

  • jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2012-11-10 10:55

    Oh! heck. What a drama.

  • marda.coombes.5 - 2012-11-10 11:05

    Agree Yaya188, very confusing.

  • gillian.sanderson - 2012-11-10 11:12

    such a badly written story

  • lenie.hibbert - 2012-11-10 12:14

    I'm confused.... is the NG Dominee, son dead, or is he arrested?

  • Annelize Grobler - 2012-11-10 12:46

    whaaaat ???? start again...

  • kgotlaetsile.mophuti - 2012-11-10 13:19

    Is their son \black\?lol

  • francois.r.bester - 2012-11-10 13:34

    the Afrikaaner.always a fight or a murder about a farm!!shame!!!!

  • christoffvstaden - 2012-11-10 18:48

    Worst written article EVER! I've read it 4 times and still can't figure out what is been said here.

      tami.mandi - 2012-11-10 22:50

      Its so clumsy, can't get how any editor can pubblish such garbage.

  • daniel.w.gie - 2012-11-10 19:57

    What the hell is going on ......?

  • roly.ries - 2012-11-10 20:30

    The wife has also died. The son & his sister has been arrested.

  • Mosa Nkoane Libra - 2012-11-10 20:34

    OMW!! is there ever a time that people comment without having to mention skin colour??? whats wrong with you people.

      phillip.mtshweni.39 - 2012-11-12 10:45

      Musa you so damn rite I just wonder if why can't people comment their views base on their take @ the story, colour will forever be mingled even where it's not necessary. this realy shows how pple of this country are divided, hypocrits!!!

  • roza.pretorius - 2012-11-11 09:35

    So what the hell does this sad incident, which for me proves one point only nl. that nature is stronger than nurture, have to do with politics. (On the other hand thinking back on the last 350 years perhaps there is a political point there - if you get what I mean)

  • sasekile - 2012-11-11 20:14

    Funny how people comment about the badly written article

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