Robbers gun down Margate businessman

2013-04-08 13:22

Durban - A prominent Margate businessman was shot and killed over the weekend on his return from an evening out with his wife and friends.

Two armed men apparently gained entry into the Uvongo home of Robin Bothma, 67, and waited for his return on Friday night.

When one of the intruders roughed up his wife Jill, Bothma reached for the panic button and one of the men shot him dead.

The Bothmas own businesses in the Margate area, including the popular Koko’s nightclub. They did not have money on the property during the incident and never kept money in their home.

R150 in safe

Bothma’s daughter, Haydee, told The Witness that there was only R150 in the safe at the time of the incident.

Haydee said the police were perturbed by the robbery as there was no sign of forced entry to the property and that only a cellphone was stolen.

“It is possible it was an inside job as they came thinking that my parents kept a lot of money in the house, which is not true. There was only R150 in the safe, and my father would have given it to them, but they started hurting my mother, which is when he decided to push the panic button and they shot him,” she said.

Bothma was shot in the head and he died instantly. The men fled the scene taking only a cellphone.

Bothma was born in Port Shepstone and he attended Margate school.

He returned to the South Coast after finishing the army and he started a job as a sewing machine mechanic. A few years later with three friends he opened the Marburg Manufacturers, a clothing factory on the South Coast.


Haydee said: “My father retired at the age of 55 and he bought two commercial properties in Margate, which he said would be for us kids to start our own businesses. He was a great father as he was always available to offer advice.

“When he bought Koko’s nightclub, people thought he was crazy but he loved that nightclub and he was so proud of it.”

Bothma was an animal lover and he was always donating money to the SPCA and raising money for Guide Dogs for the Blind. “Of course, the family is devastated at losing him and especially the way he died, but I think the whole community is sharing our loss,” she said.

Police spokesperson Lieutenant-Colonel Vincent Mdunge said the men demanded the safe keys and then shot Bothma in the head and fled.

“They took a cellphone. A murder docket is being investigated,” he said.

Bothma is survived by his wife Jill, children Dean, Wade, Haydee, Ryan and their families.


  • Jacqui Daane Van Rensburg - 2013-04-08 13:26

    Well you know what Zuma told us about living in a safe country.

      Dotmatrix - 2013-04-08 13:56

      Yeah and that is why he needed a bunker and 200mil security upgrade.

      Vaughan - 2013-04-08 13:59

      Yes exactly, this story must be the figment of someone's imagination that is trying to take over running the country from Zuma...

  • Pieter Maritz - 2013-04-08 13:28

    Terrible terrible news - condolences !!! NOBODY deserves that!!!

  • Fredster69 - 2013-04-08 13:31

    WAKE UP JZ.....people are dying in our country and you are doing nothing!!!!

      Brian Tebogo Mogotsi - 2013-04-08 13:39

      He doesn't even say anything!!

  • Christopher Booise - 2013-04-08 13:31

    Once again proof of how cheap life is in SA. So sad.

  • Karl van Rooyen - 2013-04-08 13:32

    For heaven sake when is this crime epidemic going to stop. Nowhere else in the world are there crime statistics like they are in SA .

  • PointBlank - 2013-04-08 13:32

    The government feel that other African countries deserve better security than us...

  • sagebrush.bush - 2013-04-08 13:34

    What is the use of freedom without security?

      Martin De Lange - 2013-04-08 13:43

      Do you really think we have freedom?

  • Joe Bat - 2013-04-08 13:36

    Every time I look at the news online in all denominations and all I read is murder here , murder there, murder everywhere!!!!! All victims trying to protect their families!!! SA, the police and the justice system is a complete failure. I feel unsafe and fearing the worst for my families! I cannot offer any assurances for anyone i know who wants to visit this country their safety.

  • Johann Enslin - 2013-04-08 13:37

    Think the sherif is in town? Time to unpack the ol' .40, clean the ammo. This is the Wild, wild west. Kill or be killed.

  • Alaina Erasmus - 2013-04-08 13:41

    What a brave man to instantly put the life of his wife before his, and what a disgrace that this even had to happen. RIP.

  • Martin De Lange - 2013-04-08 13:42

    Consolences to the family! Eish! Eish! Eish! What else can we say? It is not in this government's best interest (short term) to protect us, hence their lack of action. Sad things is we don't anticipate that they do anything about this. We can only put other hope in a Higher Authority.

  • Mike Hansonn - 2013-04-08 13:45

    life is cheap in africa.

  • TobyMashale - 2013-04-08 13:47

    is this what a human life is worth? a cellphone!!!!

  • Shirley Stee - 2013-04-08 13:54

    The drime gets worse-yet sentences keep getting reduced!!! Our president says our country is safe!!!! And when they come into my home and I shoot them,I am a murderer!!!! We are a disgusting joke. My sincere condolences to the family! Take away Zumas bodygaurds for a day and let him live like the everage South African!

  • Ntombenhle Dladla Zuma - 2013-04-08 13:58

    There is more into this story, then what the media is telling, but the murderers will sing as they usually do....

  • gert.pienaar.754 - 2013-04-08 13:59

    Fu....... animals

  • gert.pienaar.754 - 2013-04-08 13:59

    Fu....... animals

  • Ntobeng Wa Masweneng - 2013-04-08 14:02

    Cry my beloved country.

  • Mira Sturmair - 2013-04-08 14:03

    murder is murder = death penalty......zuma must stop sleeping in his well zipped security den and do something about all this.....

  • Alex Ndoo - 2013-04-08 14:14

    This is an anomaly in the New, Improved, Democratic, Crime-free SA. Please continue about your business as usual. This is nothing to worry about. Citizens caught not continuing about their business as usual or not paying their taxes for non-existent police services will be brought to justice in the swiftest manner possible during a Democratic go-slow. This has been a public service announcement from the Democratic ANC - improving life in SA since 1994.

      Mora Mthonyama - 2013-04-08 15:36

      and this is just a storm in a tea cup, its an isolated incident therefore as the ANC government we won't act according to emotions the public have!! honestly living in this country is a shame even if we can let the lions roam the streets it would be much better than what humans are doing to other human beings!

  • Billy Andrew Croucamp - 2013-04-08 14:20

    and the carnage continues

  • princefarayi - 2013-04-08 14:24

    Tell us as you seem to be in the know

  • princefarayi - 2013-04-08 14:25

    Tell us as you seem to be in the know

  • Cane Corso - 2013-04-08 14:33

    Another 50 years of that and there will only be HIV infected child soldiers running about down there. cANCer will still be in charge, as warlords.

  • Maureen Renette Beck - 2013-04-08 14:41

    Oh I am so sad - knew Jill and her Mom Shirley years ago as well as her husband and children. Please accept my condolences- I am Sheila' Uys's daughter

  • Starlight3 - 2013-04-08 14:41

    Again, only a cell phone taken! Yet the Govt swears these incidents are robbery motivated! We however, unlike the masses, can think for ourselves and we know what is the REAL motivation!

  • Bruce Sahli - 2013-04-08 14:49

    Everyday when u hear this then I understand apartHATE more and more!!!!!

  • Kenric Myles - 2013-04-08 14:56

    If we can get the death penalty back for murder, thugs will think thrice before they shoot. There is no other way to reduce the violent crime being committed. Is there an organization brave enough to take the lead. If we have a stay away until the government has a referendum on the death penalty they must hear the peoples demand.

  • Robert Mukiibi - 2013-04-08 16:21

    was this time a zimbabwean or foreigner who committed the crime? south african murderers are the ones giving zimbabwean these killing attitude.

  • Peter Petigrew - 2013-04-08 23:44

    love the way news24 blocked my post. it didnt involve swearing nor racism, just the cold truth. great job news24. silence the public outcry!

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