New twist in Leigh Matthews case

2012-04-02 11:16

Johannesburg - A mystery man could hold the key to finally resolving what really happened to murdered student Leigh Matthews, a report said on Monday.
Information about a man named “Silvanus” was brought to eblockwatch - an online neighbourhood watch - by an anonymous source who appears to have information on the Matthews murder and wants to clear his conscience, The Star reported on Monday.

“We don’t know who he [the source] is, but we are convinced he is genuine and he has promised to give us more,” said eblockwatch creator and owner Andre Snyman. “For all we know, it could be [Silvanus] himself who is speaking.”

The online group with 80 000 members has been actively involved with the Matthews case since her disappearance first made headlines. She was abducted on 9 July 2004.

Leigh’s father, Rob Matthews welcomed the news and said “it fits with what we know”.

“I suppose it’s okay to say, because the information is already in the public domain, but we believe it’s linked to the guy on the bridge,” The Star quoted Matthews as saying.

He was referring to information published by Piet Byleveld in his book, in which he mentions how he used cellphone records to place a friend of Moodley's on a bridge over the ransom drop-off point.

Donovan Moodley is the only person who has been convicted for the kidnapping and murder.

The judge who jailed him, Joop Labuschagne, ruled that accomplices were still walking free.

  • rickvcooper - 2012-04-02 11:40

    You are filth, Moodley.

      gerry.pelser - 2012-04-02 11:57

      Yes… but it does not take away from the fact that there is a LOT more to this than what we know. Just the fact that Moodley was willing to risk spending his entire life in an orange jumpsuit instead of willing to roll over on some other people, tells me this guy is poop scared of someone. This case has all the hallmarks of a drug-deal gone wrong, and gone wrong at the highest levels. There is some really, really interesting things in this case we’ve not seen or heard of. Does not take away the fact that Moodley is lower than pond-scum, in fact, just drives the point home more.

      kayceechick - 2012-04-02 13:24

      gerry.pelser, If you are referring to Leigh being involved with drugs, you are wrong. Knowing the family personally, Leigh was a good, clean lady who would never be involved in anything of the sorts. She was just at the wrong place at the wrong time. It was her kindheartedness that got her into this situation. All the blame lies solidly with Moodley and his accomplices who tried to bargan with a human life for their own selfish needs. Moodley still has not received his full punishment. Im waiting for the day that someone else (hopefully BABA in prison) uses Moddley for his own selfish needs.

  • Juan - 2012-04-02 11:58

    Lets get his friend to join him!!!

      Squeegee - 2012-04-02 15:39

      If someone helped him either in the kidnapping or in moving the body he belongs in jail.

  • Glenn - 2012-04-03 09:26

    @Kayceechick: I dont think gerry.pelser was referring to Leigh Matthews being involved in drugs but rather Donovan Moodley. Thing is, if this theory is correct, it does make sense to kidnap someone, hold the person as ransom, get the money that you owe or more, and then get rid of another problem, the only person who could get you in trouble, the person you kidnapped. I agree we dont know the full story, however that day someone who had her whole life ahead of her, got killed.

  • reshika.dwarika - 2012-07-26 12:58

    Donovan Moodley should be sentenced another 25 years. People like him are Psycho and called MURDERERS. SA should have a dead penalty for people like him.Leigh Mathhews was a beautiful girl and innocent girl how can he kill her for 50k.Life in prison is to tough for him now and wants retrial LOL. Mr Byleveld must continue with this case!

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