SA woman held for husband's mysterious death

2012-07-12 09:17

Johannesburg - A South African woman has been arrested in Zambia after her husband died under suspicious circumstances.

Beeld reported that Marius Pienaar, 50, disappeared after he went fishing in Zambia. He and his wife, Estie, 33, had been visiting the Nina Fishing Camp in the Caprivi Strip.

Pienaar reportedly went missing on 26 June. His body was found three days later and his death appeared to have been caused by being hit with a blunt object on the back of the head.

His wife SMSed family members in Secunda, saying he had disappeared while she was making breakfast.

His shoes were found on the shore and his fishing rod was in the water. When his body was found there were no visible marks to indicate cause of death.

A South African government official in Zambia confirmed that Pienaar’s wife was being held in a prison in Lusaka.

The couple were married less than a year ago and Estie apparently described herself on Facebook as “out of control and at times sometimes difficult to handle”.

Pienaar had moved to Zambia to work at the Kunsanshi copper mine and apparently intended buying the fishing camp where he died.

Family and friends were shocked by his death and his adult daughter, Jeandre, posted a message on Facebook asking if anyone of her father’s friends had any more information about her father’s death.

“No one knows what is going on because we don’t hear from Estie,” was the message.

  • themba.thwala.98 - 2012-07-12 09:39

    It`s now common knowledge that when a spouse dies, the surviving one is the first suspect. The rate of being a likely suspect increases with the discovery that there are policies involved and the suspect is the named beneficiary

      themba.thwala.98 - 2012-07-12 09:43

      Moral of the story: don't tell your spouse that you have taken out a policy that will make her rich when you exit because her\\his patience waiting for you to check out may just run out much sooner :)

      jackie.stone.501 - 2012-07-12 09:53

      @themba.thwala.98 will the lawyers not keep it to themselves like those lawyers I saw on 3rd degree

      themba.thwala.98 - 2012-07-12 09:59

      I did not see 3rd Degree. Did the lawyers keep the money? They are supposed to keep the Will in a safe place until the life insured dies. They must then hand the Will to the executor of the estate. I don't understand how they will get access to the money which will be sitting in a bank\\insurer unless they were named in the Will, which must also be verified.

      Blipsie - 2012-07-13 09:29

      Well, sadly in Zambia, all suspects are kept in custody until proven innocent. It's not to say she did actually do it. Remember there are no forensics and things here, the police have very little to work with.

  • Bond - 2012-07-12 09:43

    If she is guilty, she must face the music.

      rob.baggaley - 2012-07-12 09:59

      Hip hop & rap would be fair punishment I guess !

      Ze Don - 2012-07-12 10:52

      @Rob; kwaito is considered cruel and unusual punishment! Then again the play Celine Dion to death row prisoners, apparently it saves money as they commit suicide...

      miss.pandalemming - 2012-07-12 11:19

      That's a genius idea! How to discourage people from committing crimes: 1. Make the absolute worst playlist EVER. (I'm thinking music with Rebecca Black's Friday-like qualities) 2. Play it on repeat at every state prison all day, every day. BOOM! No one's EVER want to go to jail.

      Cherri - 2012-07-12 13:27

      @sanda Looking at our brethren in parliament, I'd say there are blacks that love money just as much, if not more than whites. Problem is, that's other peoples' money that they're "loving" it up with!

  • vmeiring1 - 2012-07-12 10:13

    Wow, amazing police work. - 2012-07-12 10:37

      Not really in Zambia you are guilty until proven innocent

      Blipsie - 2012-07-13 09:37

      @ Charmain, horrid isn't it. Even if you someone dies in an car accident that you caused your are arrested for manslaughter and no bail is granted. Often times you are arrested on the opinion of the police officers on the case

  • JThunda - 2012-07-12 10:43

    Whoever wrote this article has no idea what they are talking about, to highlight a quote like "out of control and sometimes difficult to handle" is just a way to create sensationalism and paint a picture the media wants to create a spectacle. The quote on her Facebook page is just a quote by Marilyn Monroe, and does not describe her character. News24 and Beeld - you suck!

      Bob - 2012-07-12 20:27

      Thanks, again Beeld and News24 sensualizing the story and hiding the facts. Everybody are so quick to judge and don't know the facts. Hope the facts come out and good luck to Estie and the family. Know how happy you and Marius was together. RIP Marius

  • riotousr - 2012-07-12 11:04

    The object ju...ju...jumped onto his head. RIP dude. I told you to stay in South Africa now see what you make your wife do when you get out of Mzansi. The other day someone woke up to find that they were dead.

      shubnam.patel - 2012-07-12 20:47

      You sick freak

  • nikki.ridley.16 - 2012-07-12 13:09

    wow, tried and found guilty already by News24. Love the indictment supplied by the facebook comment and relatives saying they don't hear from her (she's in jail duh) Low quality journalism - again..

  • jerry.medina.756 - 2012-07-12 16:18

    I wish she did it in Botswana.

  • ec.van.niekerk - 2012-07-12 17:29

    Love the old joke of: How many times does 50 go into 33 even better 33 into 50 .... mmmmm ... ag nee sies man jy was 17 toe sy gebore is ...

  • daniel.brand.589 - 2012-07-12 17:44

    out of control and at times sometimes difficult to handle”. Not a nother Marlin Monroe

  • rob.tubbs.39 - 2012-07-12 17:53

    What was the fishing like? I want to go there next month....

  • johann.pienaar.507 - 2012-07-12 18:45

    To all the a-holes with their funny comments. I sure hope your families do not have to go through something like this one day.

      abby.salemane - 2012-07-12 19:08

      For the love of money - 2012-07-13 07:33

      These people really need to think before they open their mouths. But judging by some comments don't think there is much intelligence there!

  • abby.salemane - 2012-07-12 19:15

    Thank god the surviving spouse is white, I can just imagine if she was otherwise...

  • ThaboShakuNews24 - 2012-07-13 01:44

    Arrest this Estie!

  • elaine.p.leitao - 2012-07-13 07:19

    She's innocent until PROVEN guilty!

  • mveli.tsabedze.9 - 2012-07-13 07:32

    Why when a rich man dies, his wife is likely to be suspected of murder? Is it because women love money more, I wonder why?

  • julie.khan3 - 2012-07-13 08:53

    Medical detectives and Forensic Science will ultimately reveal all

      Blipsie - 2012-07-13 09:41

      Thats funny :D You obviously have never been to Zambia. What medical detectives and what forensics? Here you get charged with a crime based on the police's opinion and all suspects are kept in custody until the hearing.

  • millionwatts1 - 2012-07-13 09:14

    They serve fish heads in Zambian prisons.

      Blipsie - 2012-07-13 09:41

      If you're lucky. Usually the family has to take food for the inmate.

  • Philip - 2012-07-13 09:27

    Bring back the death penalty!

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