Murdered KZN woman 'worked in community'

2012-03-10 07:25

Johannesburg - The KwaZulu-Natal MEC for Social Development Weziwe Thusi on Friday condemned the killing of an elderly woman who was abducted from Jozini and was found dead in Ubombo.

Reita van Vuljk, 66, had been missing since her Toyota Hilux was found overturned near Hluhluwe on Monday, said Colonel Jay Naicker.

"She has worked with the department in an effort to establish a child and youth care centre and it is very sad that she was killed in the very same community she tried to help," Thusi said.

She commended the police and the community for putting the alleged perpetrators behind bars.

"On Wednesday, investigations led police to a 23-year-old man who had allegedly been seen driving the bakkie when it overturned," he said.

The man was arrested.

He gave the police details of where Van Vuljk's body could be found.

A search, by a number of police units, led to the discovery of the body near a cliff in Ubombo.

Two more men had been arrested and all three were expected to appear in the Ubombo Magistrate's Court on Monday on charges of robbery, kidnapping and murder.

  • Melanie Purge - 2012-03-10 08:34

    why safricans, why?? To all bloggers: we sit and exchange our intellect over the cyberspace and do nothing to those barbaric thugs out there. Those thugs dnt know how furious we are, they have no access to cyberspace to read how frustrated we are..all they do is continue with this hobby of killing fellow human beings. Lets stop this senseless killing

  • Wilma Crous - 2012-03-10 09:01

    Siminikwe you are the type we don't need in SA

  • Winsome - 2012-03-10 09:51

    This unfortunate woman was killed by the very people she was trying to help. And we STILL don't have the death penalty - this is truly sickening.

  • Jan - 2012-03-10 09:59

    She was a Dutch lady... I read in the Dutch newspaper that the Dutch government has decided to stop exporting smart people to SA per immediate effect! That will teach you!

      Jacqui - 2012-03-10 11:39

      I read the Dutch newspapers too. What you are saying I couldn't find anywhere. What publication?. Exporting people!!!!, now really.

      Liz - 2012-03-10 14:10

      Yes please give us the reference to the Dutch newspaper - and it will teach who?

      Jan - 2012-03-10 15:35

      ok, this is clearly not for you...

  • Wilma Crous - 2012-03-10 10:24

    Margie 10/10 for that remark.

  • sunflower.hay - 2012-03-10 10:35 this is her website. She was actually packing up to return to Holland as Social welfare had closed her centre in December alledgedly due to 'some'no cross cultural care policy they introducing. What a terrible end for someone who gave so much and the community benefitted enormously from her and who still needs her.

      Lerato Magabane - 2012-03-10 12:22

      dats jus sick hey, ungrateful pigs

  • Brian - 2012-03-10 10:43

    There are people that create fake profiles, then sign on with that fake profile, and make "controversial"remarks to stir up hatred on one side or another. If one cannot make constructive or meaningful comments, it's just a reflection on your meaningless, lonely little excuse for a life that you have. You know who you are. The untimely death of anyone is a tragedy. No matter who or what race. Get with the program and wtfu, please for once in your miserable excuse you call your life.... My condolences to the family of the deceased.

  • abe.taylor125 - 2012-03-10 11:25

    South Africa remains a racially stratified country and it surfaces with this kind of event that triggers this kind of reasoning...regardless of the race of the perpetrators, it is their environment (crushing poverty, poor education, unemployment, brutality, substance abuse, etc. juxtaposed against the opulence of the rich and the sophistication of the middle class) that becomes the primary dynamo that drives this kind of living...when we begin to racialise, stereotype and categorise it, we immediately loose sight of the "bigger picture"...or the 'crux of the matter", and therefore the plot...lets ask ourselves also while we're at it, why a woman from Holland must be out here caring for South Africans, when all we seem to do is moan and groan and hark back to the "good old days" that spawned the present painful moment...

      Hugh - 2012-03-10 12:00

      If you care so much give up your job and do the same.

      stampalex - 2012-03-10 12:26

      First of all - it's lose not loose (That's so f#$@king irritating)- and secondly black people of SA did not corner the market on poverty and every nation on this earth, including white people have been or are being oppressed, and worse than blacks here let me tell you... I can show you areas in Vietnam, Borneo and surrounds where poverty is far worse than here but they don't rape their infants, murder with abandon or worship thieves and call them "Mother of the Nation". It also amuses me how much worse apartheid is portrayed the further we move on. And yes "the good old days" were even better then for blacks than their current lives - talking about the poorest of the poor - not the thieving gvmnt hicks. Have you not noticed how it's always someone else to blame or some crappy little excuse about how tough things were "back in the day" when they get caught rapng, stealing or murdering - this is even evidenced in the way they (when driving) tend to run away from accident scenes when they know they're at fault. Kind of defines them as a nation.

      Petro - 2012-03-10 20:53

      Yeah yeah - wonder what you would have said if it was your mother!!!

      Jakes - 2012-03-11 11:14

      @abe yes...this was created by the old regime...funny though how you don't mention that 2 years from now the current regime will be in power for 20 years but the situation remains EXACTLY the same. Believe me m8, the same "dynamics" as you picture it exist(crushing poverty, poor education, unemployment, brutality, substance abuse, etc.)in all low income areas, both suburban and rural. Why does this predominantly occur in certain levels of society?....your old argument reeks of denial....find a new one. Luckely your "bigger picture" will never be shared by most South Africans who are sick of these excuses for violance. When people(of all colour) refer to the "good old days" they do not think of the apartheid days. They refer to days when we could still take a walk along the beach, or sleep with our windows open on a hot summer night. But with your stereo types who always want to take it back to racism we will NEVER be a society who will trust first and judge last. With this mind set, your "painfull" state will last forever.

  • Jacqui - 2012-03-10 11:35

    This Dutch woman thought she could help make a difference. Apparently not.

      Jan - 2012-03-10 12:51

      Hmmm, I think she did her part, don't you think so? It takes a strong character to do what she did.

      henk63 - 2012-03-11 11:12

      Jan, she may have had a strong character, bu she was also a bit naive to think her efforts would be appreciated. Amy Biehl years ago also thought she helped, only to be killed by her African "friends". My advice, although a bit shortsighted, is to leave them alone. Some people are beyond resque.

  • stampalex - 2012-03-10 11:55

    Hey... The glorious mother nation of litterers, rapists, murderers, graft kings, blamers of He-Who-Colonised-Africa for everything, worshippers of kidnappers and embezzlers and general all-round pond scum strike yet again. But hey, let's not call them names 'less we offend their sensitive oppressed souls...

      Aubrey - 2012-03-10 13:03


      Petro - 2012-03-10 20:56

      Stampalex - you sound my ssort of person. White and fed up....

  • sally.lewitt - 2012-03-10 12:30

    RIP Reita and we commend you on the work you have done! Thank you. Hope this senseless murder does not affect others trying to do good for impoverished communities..

  • Aubrey - 2012-03-10 13:01

    The big brave zulu warriors strike again. THEY HAVE TO BE THE LOWEST FORM OF SCUM.

  • Petro - 2012-03-10 20:49

    I am so sorry this poor "elderley" lady had to die at the hand of rapists and murderers which are our future leaders of this sick country. Buth then I ask - when is the outside world going to learn that they should not send their "good doers" to the so called suppressed idiots of SA. That bloody ignorant race is a sick race...go on thumbs me down. That woman was some ones mother or granny - it makes no difference to these uncultured idiots in this country. If that was my mother or whatever - I can tell you know there would have been a few murders outhere today - and yes, they can put me away for it - not so bad as I would not sit too long. Let us whites - coloured and indians start standing together and fight this unholy trash and get rid of them. I become so bitter that I shock myself. I have never been a racist but daily I am now reading things that not only make me a racist but it teaches me to hate....God forgive me.....

      Liz - 2012-03-10 20:59

      ... and what about the white, Indian and coloured trash ... any plans for them?? ... they have also had there fair share of negative publicity of late!

  • Kevin - 2012-03-11 06:27

    The savagery of the indigini knows no bounds...

  • Jakes - 2012-03-11 11:24

    Maybe,since it was apartheid's fault, these guys should apply for immunity. There always seem to be an excuse to rob, but then after that was done, then murder? Just wandering what the "it's apartheid's fault" people would say to this arguement.

  • abe.taylor125 - 2012-03-11 11:54

    to xenswim...i did give up my job, my time and talents to serve those less fortunate people (black and white and everything in between) without any intention to make a stampalex...pardon my poor grammar. i wonder whether it will help if i tell you that english is not my mother tongue. clearly, your ability to tolerate others is highly sensitive...hope you are not an irritating kind of person and i'm sure you are as close to perfection as we can get. furthermore, you highlight other world regions and its poverty. what i am concerned about is the human dumping grounds i see around me and work in daily. your point about the lives of black people during apartheid and the preceding centuries of racial domination is rather insulting and shallow. How would you know what it feels like to suffer that kind of indignities constantly for all your life?How would you know what it mean when you and your children can't dream...freely about your future, because in the past and present you have been barred from doing petro...there are many women (like my mother and sisters) who are murdered by these kinds of characters on a daily basis, you just dont get to hear about jakes...what can i say...? maybe that perception is projection, with regards to your perception that i am in the "good old days you could walk freely on the beach and sleep with your windows open...i couldn't...and the reason why you could was because i could not walk with you on the beach

  • Jaco - 2012-03-12 10:26

    Unfortunately the youths and communities gets tough to hate and sing hatred songs like (Kill the farmers kill boers) towards white south africans !!! she only tried to help them and had to pay with her life! for what these animals did to her. after she fed their children and actually tried to Help !

  • annie.kalahari - 2012-03-13 17:40

    There are inaccuracies in your report and I hope you would have the courtesy to correct these errors, if only as a gesture of goodwill to her family in the Netherlands? Her name was Riet Vuyk. She started the mission in 2005 in commemoration of her late husband Jan Vuyk. She obtained funding support also through the Dutch Christian-Reformed Church, the Bethel-church in Veenendaal, the Netherlands. Details on - Mangwazane mission Ubombo Tel: 0027-355958085 Jan Vuyk Foundation: I posted her picture and other details on my blog.I've been assured by the Dutch church that they will continue their funding to help the children.

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