Murder suspect found through Facebook

2011-06-23 10:07

Johannesburg - A Limpopo farmer on the run since 2006 after allegedly killing his wife, has been re-arrested after being found in Zambia through Facebook, Beeld reported on Thursday.

Fanie Terblanche, 41, of Mokopane in Limpopo, was arrested around 17:30 at OR Tambo International Airport, Johannesburg, on Wednesday.

Zambian authorities handed him to their South African counterparts.

Terblanche stands accused of running over his wife of two months, Lizette Terblanche, 45, around midnight in his bakkie in October 2006. A few weeks before this, she reportedly told a family member she suspected he wanted to kill her.

He also allegedly ran over her aunt, Letitia, who survived. After his arrest and being granted bail by the High Court in Pretoria, he disappeared, said Lizette's sister-in-law, Liesl Hobbs.

She recently decided to start a Facebook group called, "Help us find Fanie Terblanche - He killed my sister and is on the run!"

A woman in Livingstone, Zambia, whose friend had dated him, recognised him and alerted Hobbs. Living in Zambia, he allegedly dated single woman, moved in with them and let them support him financially.

Hawks spokesperson Colonel McIntosh Polela said Interpol officials had travelled with Terblanche to South Africa to hand him over.

He was expected to appear in court either Friday or Monday.

  • Unskinny Bob - 2011-06-23 10:28

    Pasop vir Fanie se bakkie!

      Captainmorgan - 2011-08-01 14:57

      "Nie so Vinnige Fanie"

  • novak - 2011-06-23 10:36

    Gotta love facebook!!This guy will get plenty of "pokes" in prison. Im sure loads of prisoners will "add him as a friend"

      darrylv - 2011-06-23 13:35

      And he will 'like' it

      Diablo7 - 2011-06-24 10:02

      Prison is like Facebook if you think about it....You write on walls, Get poked by people you don't know and receive unwanted friend requests...

      Makutu - 2011-06-24 10:30


      theo.dupreez - 2012-09-18 09:46

      And quite a few likes!

  • vangraan - 2011-06-23 10:36

    Not surprising. He is probably the brother of ET. Haaahaaa

  • robbieyahu - 2011-06-23 10:47

    sjho!!! good!!i personally know of this senseless killing, thanx facebook community!!

      lieslh - 2011-06-26 18:19

      hi, may i ask how you know of this...regards Liesl Hobbs

  • Bilal Benghomrani - 2011-06-23 10:50

    The power of Facebook! After all humans can show solidarity sometimes...

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  • Bilal Benghomrani - 2011-06-23 10:51

    The power of Facebook! This social media is not as useless as we may think sometimes.

  • burtfred - 2011-06-23 10:54

    Livingstone, Zambia. There are not many places to hide. Everyone knows everyone else. I'm surprised it took so long to find.

  • Lisa - 2011-06-23 10:54

    Well done, hope that he will rot in jail

  • smahlaba - 2011-06-23 11:02

    Glad this monster has been caught. Now he can face the music.

  • smahlaba - 2011-06-23 11:02

    Glad this monster has been caught. Now he can face the music.

  • Fantasia - 2011-06-23 11:18

    Nice work!!! Bring him to justice... free loader / murderer!!!

  • lollie sue - 2011-06-23 11:20

    Farmer killing wife, so they are killers too, and he thought he culd hide. Gudwork zambian authorities

      Wicky - 2011-06-23 15:35

      A farmer kills murders his wife and now all farmers are "killers too"??? You are a retard

      theo.dupreez - 2012-09-18 09:48

      Your logic is like your spelling - totally wacked!

  • Kate - 2011-06-23 11:27

    You guys can't be serious. A murderer has been apprehended and yet you turn the whole thing into a race and land issue. Hayibo!

  • Steen - 2011-06-23 11:33

    Thank God he is White.

      Mswati - 2011-06-23 13:58

      They all the same if you do not know them, ever whining and moaning. Can't6 handle stress and irrational at times

      Wicky - 2011-06-23 15:37

      Actually Mswati its our moaning and whining that has kept us minorities dominating majorities...guess you cant say the same huh?

  • Francina Aphane - 2011-06-23 11:34

    So if you are a criminal, get off social networks,you have been warned. Hehehehehe, letsogo la molao ke le letelele(translation: the arm of the law is too long). One criminal down, more 3000 thousand to go, that's SA for you. WELCOME HOME MR TERBLANCHE, look at how we have transformed since you left. :-)

  • Amanzimtoti - 2011-06-23 11:40

    I think's he's gonna get "poked" in the holding cells... along with some unwarranted friend requests HAHAHAHA

  • kswanepoel - 2011-06-23 11:43

    Gr8 to see the FB community helping to resolve a family's heartache!

  • pugwash - 2011-06-23 11:58

    Glad they found this sad excuse for a man. Now lock him away!

  • Jakobus - 2011-06-23 12:00

    No race is more criminal than the other,we are a bunch of criminals,both black and white.We have amongst us Afrikaners,fools who continue to give us a bad name in the continent.Our people are becoming more desperate every day.

      Taurusaurus - 2011-06-23 17:31

      Obvious troll is obvious.

  • Mart - 2011-06-23 12:03

    am a tad disappointed that his sister proved instrumental in tracing him yet our own law enforcement agencies couldn't locate this bastard... Maybe we should pay a portion of our taxes to FaceBook and get more crimes solved.

  • Pixie1984 - 2011-06-23 12:03

    Lekker jou bliksem! Kharma kicked you in the groin :D

      Warren - 2011-06-23 23:22

      Karma is a BITCH!

  • yenza.kahle - 2011-06-23 12:03

    There's so much verbal diarrhea in these comments u don't even see who's a fool! SO MUCH ONBESKOF creatures reading and commenting. Can't even have a healthy debate on matters at hand!

      motsokwane - 2011-06-23 12:07

      Verbal one is better than rs one, and seven days in the toilet.SH*T.

  • Dan - 2011-06-23 12:13

    Granting bail for any murderer is idiotic. If you murdered someone, the chances are great that you will run from the authorities. Do you want to go and sit next to Big Boy in prison? I think the courts, prosecutors and attorneys (scum in general) should be held accountable for allowing someone to skip the country once bail has been granted. Thank heavens "bright" family members are there to do the work of the police. I hope he pays. By skipping country he basically confirmed guilt.

  • Papsak - 2011-06-23 12:14

    Wonder if he wasn't influenced by Julius Malema.

  • Elifas - 2011-06-23 12:19

    Damn psycho!Are you human Mad dog?

  • Joyce Moeketsi - 2011-06-23 12:38

    I can't believe race is becoming a factor...again. An innocent woman was killed. Her killer was found. That should be the focus. Skin colour's irrelevant.

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  • lenyora - 2011-06-23 13:05

    I want that farm of his!! he clearly wont need it!!

  • Thabiso - 2011-06-23 13:06

    For as long as you continue with your racist comments, your DA will never get votes from us (blacks), you are proving Malema's point by being so racist, you don't like black people and you never will, you just want our votes so that you can opress us even more, Forget it!!

      Mswati - 2011-06-23 14:18

      They will get them from a few idiots like Samuel Mabena, Bulelani and Smindlo Dakiwe, otherwise forget about mine.

  • Vanquisher - 2011-06-23 13:06

    thanks our comments are bieng removed this site sucks!!!!

      Papsak - 2011-06-23 13:10

      Why don't you set-up your own site perhaps?

  • lulu - 2011-06-23 13:12

    for once its a black dude!!! LMAO!!!!

  • Virginia - 2011-06-23 13:43

    This is wonderful, now why can't we get Dewani back in SA.

  • Nawe - 2011-06-23 13:57

    Papa wag vir jou. tltltltltlt

  • Julie - 2011-06-23 14:55

    what a loser

  • Ann - 2011-06-23 15:13

    The power of social media is amazing. "You can run and you can hide, but you are always just a click away!" The world truly is a very small place indeed ... Well done Liesl!

  • jen - 2011-06-23 15:34

    Was this a political murder - I am sure I read the article correctly? White a-hole killed his white wife... why the reference to white racists and ANCYL?

  • SPACEBOI - 2011-06-23 15:36

    How can u be so cruel? He belongs to jail.

  • zule - 2011-06-23 15:45

    This guy sounds like an all-round "A" grade a-hole Hang him high and watch him die hee hee

  • tbsetlalekgosi - 2011-06-23 16:20

    South Africans are retarded.

      Mswati - 2011-06-23 16:46

      And you read their comments? But you are the worst idiot who left all your personal details public. Marshe Maharaj should just dump you idiot.

  • Julia Makhubela - 2011-06-23 17:10

    the power of social media

  • Gerrit - 2011-06-23 19:42

    Nice going Fanie! Hope you like prison food.

  • Monica - 2011-06-23 20:22

    Hang him!

  • mhlongoms - 2011-06-24 04:57

    what an idiot,okes will be inboxing his ass in prison

  • preshengovender69 - 2011-06-24 07:55

    maybe he also press the send location button on BBM

  • Warren - 2011-06-24 10:33

    Why has News 24 deleted more than half the comments on this article??? Is it to keep Joooolius Dilema in the "Most Commented" section for longer??? An answer would be nice instead of hiding in the shadows like a coward!!!

  • swoan - 2011-06-24 11:08

    malema killed his wife!

  • dawn.kilian - 2011-06-29 20:46

    definetly fb finds ya !!!

  • annie.kalahari - 2011-07-11 07:05

    Thousands of farmers are murdered by armed black militia gangs and nobody is ever arrested. It's wonderful to see the SA police so alert when they need to arrest whites.