Serial rapist admits to killing schoolgirl

2011-10-13 12:58

Johannesburg - A suspected serial rapist has admitted to kidnapping and murdering Florida high school pupil Louise de Waal, Gauteng police said on Thursday.

"He handed himself in at the Margate police station [in KwaZulu-Natal], this morning," acting Gauteng Police Commissioner Major General Nobesuthu Masiya told reporters in Johannesburg.

Police spokesperson Lieutenant Colonel Tshisikhawe Ndou said KwaZulu-Natal police were questioning the man and "certain admissions have been made [by him]".

He said that by noon on Thursday, police were not sure whether the admissions would culminate in a formal confession.

Masiya said Warrant Officer Peet du Toit, who headed up the investigation into the kidnapping of the teenager, got hold of the man through his brother, and persuaded him to hand himself over. The man was allegedly linked to nine cases of rape and one of murder, she said.

The crimes were attributed to a man nicknamed the "Sunday rapist".

"He has not yet confessed to the other rapes and the murder," Masiya said.

Du Toit said the man's modus operandi matched the Sunday rapist's.

"The man usually goes out to prowl on Sunday between 10:00 and 13:00 in certain suburbs in Gauteng and the North West, and looks for girls between the ages of 10 and 17," he said.

"He then drives 20 or 30km away and rapes the girls. He often takes mementos from them like head-bands or panties."

Masiya said the man, in his 30s, had a previous conviction for sexual assault.

"He was arrested in 2007, convicted and sentenced to three years in prison. The sentence was suspended for three years. He spent time doing community service."

Masiya confirmed that a burnt body was found at a farm in Magaliesburg on Wednesday afternoon, but said police were awaiting forensic results before it could be identified.

De Waal was kidnapped at gunpoint while walking to school in White Ridge, Florida, west of Johannesburg, on Wednesday morning.

  • Martin - 2011-10-13 13:02

    But if the police know so much about this guy's modus operandi, why is he not in prison?

      Thelma - 2011-10-13 13:18

      Why was he not sentenced to prison the first time....why was he given a suspended sentence? This is could of been prevented. An innocent young girl is dead today because of our justice system.

      TheRealist - 2011-10-13 13:21

      ...or better yet, why isn't he dead?? Public execution - pick your method I don't care. We need to make an example!!

      Snoopy88 - 2011-10-13 13:23

      He got thee years suspended previously... for rape? Now if he was a registered sex offender and the coppers were keeping tabs on him they would have realised that he has never stopped raping (and killing). When will this patriarchial society start treating rape with the seriousness that it deserves? Perhaps if we had the death penalty again more rape victims (especially children) would survive the ordeal.. But who would want to survive having your soul murdered?

      Fredster69 - 2011-10-13 13:25

      What, give a rapist community service. That is like letting a lion loose in a sheep pen...the judge should be questioned and charged.

      The Dude - 2011-10-13 13:29

      why is he not dead ,.

      saabnut - 2011-10-13 13:30

      SIMPLE- rape is ok under the ANC- led government. Sure they preach all sorts to teh contrary, but we ALL know the reality. A woman is a possession to them and has no rights. Execute the scum!

      Saffa Girl - 2011-10-13 13:47

      The judge should be brought into question, for giving him a suspended sentence, and allowing him to do community service. The perpetrators have more RIGHTS than the victims these days. This teenager's death could of been prevented had this sicko been sentenced.

      d2eguy - 2011-10-13 13:47

      this is another instance where the SA judicial system FAILED a innocent child and blood of this child is on the ANC`s hands for not enforcing the death penalty on all rapists and other serious crime offenders . if this trash was put to death the first time it commited rape , Miss de Waal would be alive today .

      Ben Fowler - 2011-10-13 13:50

      Well. The wishes of all the humanist and "all kind of" rights peoples has been fulfilled up to this point by virtue of how SAPS treated this know criminal who posed a risk to human life. He was treated with the utmost dignity and have been given plenty of chances to rehabilitate. Now what? I SAY LET HIM SWING

      Green Oaks - 2011-10-13 13:52

      Cry, the Beloved Country. Cry !!!

      Ben Fowler - 2011-10-13 13:53


      Persona_non_grata - 2011-10-13 13:53

      You can run, you can hide, but you can't escape justice, except for Winnie Mandela, Julius Malema, Jackie Selebi, Bheki Cele, Shabir Shaik.

      GypseyAnn - 2011-10-13 14:00

      Very observant comment Martin. It makes one wonder how much they know about other crimes/criminals. Conspiracy? Who knows what goes on out there really? All I can say is sincere condolences to the family, loved ones and friends - my prayers are with you. Rest in Peace Louise pretty young lady.

      Persona_non_grata - 2011-10-13 14:03

      Where is the justice in SA, you have the murderers in custody just give them their sentence and let it by like the Bible says. Exodus 21:24 eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand, foot for foot, Leviticus 24:20 fracture for fracture, eye for eye, tooth for tooth. As he has injured the other, so he is to be injured. Deuteronomy 19:21 Show no pity: life for life, eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand, foot for foot. Matthew 5:21 "You have heard that it was said to the people long ago, 'Do not murder, and anyone who murders will be subject to judgment. This is what the bible says clearly, this will be the only way for these murderers! REALLY COME ON HOW HARD CAN IT BE??????

      ALF - 2011-10-13 14:06

      Because this is SA, full of retards.

      Great White - 2011-10-13 14:10

      One thing is guaranteed in South Africa....if you are a murderer or will blend so well into society that you'll be almost invisible...but default on payments or a parking ticket and you will be treated like a dog.

  • African_meisie - 2011-10-13 13:03

    Why would you suspend a rapists sentence?! WTF!!

      kolobe - 2011-10-13 13:22

      name the rapist

      Uno_Beche - 2011-10-13 13:29

      Good behaviour?

      Ryan - 2011-10-13 13:30

      its amazing ... you sexually assault/rape women and your only punishment is community service. now thats a deterrent

      aarchaic - 2011-10-13 13:48

      @Lacoste : quote "Masiya said the man, in his 30s, had a previous conviction for sexual assault. "He was arrested in 2007, convicted and sentenced to three years in prison. The sentence was suspended for three years. He spent time doing community service." " thats enough to be a registered sex offender in the US why not here?

      Buic Unix - 2011-10-13 14:00

      We need to take into account that we leave in a country that is based on law, and law is equal to everyone including the bad ones. Even if you know the person is guilty as charged, but the steps dictated by the constitution have to be followed in order to account for its quite a big snag if you look at it...

      OZNOB - 2011-10-13 14:11

      behead him with a blunt axe

      birdman - 2011-10-13 14:34

      He has now confessed. No trial, straight to excecution! Take him 'round the back of the police station and put a bullet in his sick brain! There is however no way that any form of retribution can appease the anguish and devastation of Louise's parents, family and friends. On behalf of the all South Africans, may your family be comforted in this dark hour.

  • aarchaic - 2011-10-13 13:03

    cut it off and lock him away!!!

      shrink - 2011-10-13 14:13


  • Jake Castleton - 2011-10-13 13:04

    so this guy rapes someone and he got a suspended sentence, what a joke

      pberchu - 2011-10-13 13:36

      As I have said in the past, Our justice system is a joke. I have no faith in it. The victim gets punished, an innocent child might I add & the per goes free...God help our children. As if growing up wasnt hard enough now they have to deal with animals like these.

      Jake Castleton - 2011-10-13 13:45

      cant agree more, it's a disgrace and a system that is supposed to defend the innocent let alone a 16 year old girl trying to get her way to school is as corrupt as anything else in SA

  • Smiley - 2011-10-13 13:06

    well done for letting him go the first time, chops.

      LBS - 2011-10-13 14:28


  • BoerinBeton - 2011-10-13 13:08

    OK now convict and hang the bastard!!!

  • Terri Lailvaux - 2011-10-13 13:08

    Why was this scum walking the streets? He should have been used for medical experiments in prison.

      Robbie - 2011-10-13 13:14

      he should have been used for sexual experiments in prison.

      BeatNic - 2011-10-13 13:18

      He should have been used as currency in prison

      Atholl - 2011-10-13 13:25

      Terri now that's an original chirp ... straight out of the Hat 11/10. You may now collect yr $200 .. u may also pass Go! and move directly in the opposite direction of jail.

  • Scott - 2011-10-13 13:10

    hang him, and the rest of the rapists...

  • Currie_Mafia - 2011-10-13 13:10

    Another case of the law failing its citizens...Suspended sentences dont make sense.

      kalabafazi - 2011-10-13 13:13

      Once a sexual predeator, always a sexual predator. If a body part causes you to commit an offence then remove that body part.

  • fed up tax p - 2011-10-13 13:10

    Give me ONE good reason why this piece of sh*t should be allowed to live

      Baddy - 2011-10-13 13:15

      So I can torture him :)

  • GH - 2011-10-13 13:13

    I hope he gets bail. I would like to put this sick maaifoedie out of his misery personally.

  • Vela Stardust - 2011-10-13 13:14

    Thank goodness he has been apprehended. NOW DON"T LET HIM OUT EVER AGAIN!

  • Velgr - 2011-10-13 13:17

    String this rapist up!

      Rose - 2011-10-13 13:27

      On his tottie .......

      GypseyAnn - 2011-10-13 14:05

      Don't forget to add murderer to the sentence. Bloody monster!!!!!!! Such a pity we have such a weak justice system!

  • VELOCITY - 2011-10-13 13:17

    Mom and Dad de Waal, I cannot begin to understand your pain and anguish right now, but I cry with you for Louise. Nothing will bring your Angel back, but I cincerely hope you find the strength and courage to deal with this terrible loss in the time to come. My prayers are with the de Waal family...

      solly - 2011-10-13 13:53

      I agree. I really am so sorry for her parents and family. Right now they are in so much pain and sorrow, and there is nothing, excepting prayer that will be able to do anything about this terrible tradegy. Everyone is so angry at what has happened but they seem to forget the pain caused to the family by this criminal. My deepest sympathy to the family. May they be comforted and supported in this difficult time.

      GinSA1 - 2011-10-13 13:55

      The family (I am not one but am in contact with them) have asked me to say thank you to all those who have, via various mediums, sent their condolences. It is sincerely appreciated. Thank you

  • spiderkzn - 2011-10-13 13:18

    wonder how he travel from North West last night to Margate this morning? for sure he dont use his car hmm.

  • jpcronje - 2011-10-13 13:19

    The Police should take the fall for this one

      daaivark - 2011-10-13 13:23

      Why? He was apprehended within 24 hours. That's pretty good. One can't go around grabbing people "in case" they do something. The police had nothing to do with his previous sentence. There is a very clear distinction between the police and the prosecution services and the courts. Surely you are aware of that?

      Bettysue - 2011-10-13 13:23

      It's not the police - it the courts. I know someone who is in the Violent Crimes unit and he says that the urge to just blow these guys away is very real. The cops go out there and catch them - the courts let them go. It's tragic that a child had to die in this terrible way before this savage gets caught.

      Mads - 2011-10-13 14:21

      @daaivark, he was not apprehended, he gave himself up!!!!!

      lenand40 - 2011-10-13 14:30

      Unfortunately, both systems are to blame. It is the duty of the police to collect and collate evidence and for the prosecution to present a case that convinces the judge that this person not only committed the crime, but planned it and executed it ruthlessly. The idea that judges and magistrate should give sentences with weak evidence is unfair. We need facts to actually understand what really happened and why he was given a suspended sentence. It says he has a previous sexual assault conviction. Was this presented to the court? If so, then the court should explain how they would give a suspended sentence to someone convicted of a similar crime. Then again, if one looks at the Bees Roux case, no wonder criminals get away with murder. I blame the prosecutor, in most cases as they are willing to win that they settle for a minor charge to get a win, rather than fight for a conviction in a serious charge.

  • RobertKay - 2011-10-13 13:20

    Hang the bastard - preferably publicly - so the world can see what sort of a low life this is, who will then receive what he so richly deserves. A piece of sub-human neanderthal oxygen thief!

  • Jegs - 2011-10-13 13:20

    so he is known rapist scum to the police and the 'justice' system, yet is released back in to society to continue his path of destuction. If I were the family of the deceased, I would sue the state for everything the country had for their sheer complete incompetance (yet again)

  • Chris - 2011-10-13 13:20

    Sue the police force, sue the officer that worked on this case previously and send him to jail too, sue the national security , sue everyone involved that worked on this case previously. This would not have happened if the job was done correctly first time around. To many times we read about criminals that was locked up but let go to cause more pain on innocent people.

      Suzan Magaela - 2011-10-13 14:11

      Or cut the long story short and just sue the judge.

      sefeddt - 2011-10-13 14:30

      In this case the police did what they were supposed to by arresting and bringing him to court. Questions must be asked of the magistrate as to why he received such a lenient sentence.

  • MK007 - 2011-10-13 13:21

    Why was a convicted rapists sentence suspended? Why did he get 3 years and not 25?????????????????????

      Michelle - 2011-10-13 13:52

      If he was black, he would have walked without a court hearing.. Stop making whites the big enemy here!

      Kenno - 2011-10-13 14:10

      @ Kiss the Boer....Yes The black criminals are too busy RUNNING the country! You sick racist bastard!

      test123 - 2011-10-13 14:12

      @Michelle - "If he was black, he would have walked without a court hearing" - Is this true? "Stop making whites the big enemy here!" So, who is/are the "big enemy here"? Whose enemy are you referring to?

      OZNOB - 2011-10-13 14:24

      kiss the boer if my memory serves me correctly what did our new chief judge say about rape and the person who was raped - so please do not even think about throwing the race card as it has a nasty habit of coming back and biting one in the fundament

      lenand40 - 2011-10-13 14:34

      Was he convicted of rape? It does not say in the story.

  • Liberated - 2011-10-13 13:21

    Why did he have to kill the girl, he could have jus dumped her on hte farm. Bastard should be given to the vultures.

  • Marius - 2011-10-13 13:21

    Pappa wag vir ...

      Chris - 2011-10-13 13:27

      wie gee om wat met die ou gebeur, niks gaan hierdie familie se dogter terug bring of die seer wegneem nie.

      grant_grant - 2011-10-13 13:39

      he took a life, he must give his own, simple! to hell with the petition for bryce lawrence, lets start a petition to have this sick f*** hung, in public!

      TheRealist - 2011-10-13 13:55

      @Chris - ...exactly, who cares about this "ou", if they'd kill him no one would have to wonder what he will do in the future.

  • Melinda - 2011-10-13 13:21


  • Pierre du Plessis - 2011-10-13 13:21

    Can some lawyer out there perhaps help Mrs de Waal sue our government for a few million? They deserve it. Its times like these when we really need the death penalty.

      Koos Poggenpoel - 2011-10-13 14:23

      @ Kiss the Boer - I so wish you would try and kiss me....I will give you the hiding of your life you racist CHOP....

  • Anneleen - 2011-10-13 13:22

    If he had previous convictions, what was he doing prowling the streets?

  • Sammy - 2011-10-13 13:22

    No child deserves this!!! LAW in this "place" is an utter joke!

  • shauncro - 2011-10-13 13:23

    Has anyone else noticed how all the other articles have had all comments blocked concerning this? Anyway, i hope they don't stuff it up and he get's his just dues in our penal system.

      Ben Fowler - 2011-10-13 14:08

      Yes. That is why I posted on other article about it. I wonder if news24 HQ saw my posts on other articles and opened this one for comments. They know that this is a very sensitive topic. People will blow of steam for a week and then it will be over and forgotten. This time around he will not get a suspended sentence. This time maybe he will serve 3 years of a 5 year sentence and leave the prison un-rehabilitated.

  • tashboo - 2011-10-13 13:24

    If he gets another suspended sentence, i pray that the community takes him out. Justice, what justice nothing can cahnge what he has done. Death Sentence should be in this country.

      Ben Fowler - 2011-10-13 14:13

      Maybe if he lived in a township. They sort themselves out. This is a white guy and he lives somewhere in town. White people in this country only moan on blogs and news forums. Blow of steam for a minute and then they go on. White people are way to un-involved politically and socially. They should learn to toi-toi and protest.

      mike mason - 2011-10-13 14:17

      Hope they give this swine bail and he ends up in Diepsloot,because in that Township they know how to deal with Criminals

  • PrinceCharle - 2011-10-13 13:24

    Death sentence for psychos like this - they cannot ever be rehabilitated. Society is better off without them.

  • wendy.warwick3 - 2011-10-13 13:30

    Well done to Peet du Toit, what a dedicated Police Officer. I wish there were more like you you. Dont blame the Police, blame the Judge who decided on the sentence given to the criminal.

      Bloodbane_3 - 2011-10-13 13:55

      @KissTheBoer - nothing to do with this case. however since you want to go there, gthey least him go because both prosecution and family of the cop knew if it had gone to trial the cop would have been shown to be guilty. they knew his name would have been ruined and that the "beast" as you call him would have been set free. in this way at least the "beast" paid the family something, something he should not have had to do if this dirty cop had just done his job instead of being a disgrace

  • test123 - 2011-10-13 13:31

    CONGRATULATIONS to all you news24 forum contributors. For what, you ask; well for at least not doing the usual racial talk.

      Mike 63 - 2011-10-13 13:32


      Geraldo Mc phu - 2011-10-13 13:35

      just goes to show..........

      Rose - 2011-10-13 13:39

      Ja, and then one single idiot like you pop up with a stupid and very uncalled for remark ...... Race .... race in jou mo@r man

  • Liba - 2011-10-13 13:31

    give him a blunt knife to remove the irritating parts of his body himself

  • grant_grant - 2011-10-13 13:32

    typical South Africa, were criminals walk free and pick us off one at a time, this is a real white K**F*R, I hope they string him up by his balls and make him suffer! If only the death penalty was in place, he could be hanged and I would pay front row seat to watch the b*sta*d die a slow painful death!

  • indiangal - 2011-10-13 13:36

    It's about time we stopped protecting the criminals behind the shield of human rights.

  • D Dog - 2011-10-13 13:36

    Martin - exactly, bloody ridiculous joke

  • D Dog - 2011-10-13 13:39

    Set - You are completely right, it is an absolutely sick sick system. Thelma also great point, could have been prevented if this criminal wasn't protected by our justice system....absolutely makes me sick to my stomach i wont lie

  • whynow - 2011-10-13 13:39

    is the suspect Black or White? that's what i wanna know

      D Dog - 2011-10-13 13:41

      hes white but what difference does that make ? im also white and i find his actions sickening

      whynow - 2011-10-13 14:03

      @ Dog I agree with you mate his actions are not acceptable irrespective of race and it hurt to know that such animals are still in our communities. Another sick rapist that need to hand himself to the cops is Riem

  • bimbo - 2011-10-13 13:42

    I hope all the parties who failed this young girl when this freakin animal got off the first time have nightmares for the rest of their stupid miserable lives. Lets hope that the useless justice system put this creature away, joust so sad that it wasn't done the first time. Rape world wide is considered a serious crime, but only in a banana republic does the offender get a suspended setnece!! Enuf already people lets do something, stand together, march, boycott do whatever it takes to force our useless government to do something about the crime, lack of convictions and total mayhem in our society!!!

  • Saffa Girl - 2011-10-13 13:42

    What is his name!!!!!!!!! Once again condolences to the family and friends of Louise.

  • Totman - 2011-10-13 13:43

    Now load him in a police-van and take him to Ventersdorp. Issue the two ET accused with the panga and iron, that were used, and told them to enjoy themselves. Maybe I am heartless, but just maybe it is time for us to be.

  • chiepner - 2011-10-13 13:44

    Justice seems to be hell bend in protecting criminals that has already lost their human rights when they violated someone elses. I cant for the life of me understand why murderes and rapist still walk our streets because our justice system affords them the RIGHT to do so and slip through the cracks while the people that has been killed and raped where never afforded such a dignity by these barbarians. Something is really wrong when a person gets a 3 year suspended sentence for sexually assaulting another person. I mean HELLFRIKKINLO!!!!

      Jim - 2011-10-13 14:03

      @ Chiepner Justice is not served by a vigilante approach. Next time you might be picked up wrongly for some such charge - what then? That is why properly constituted courts should judge righteously. The lack of faith expressed on these page in the justice system however shows the justice system has some soul searching to do. However, until they drop the humanistic approach, justice will always be going to the one who can defend his "rights" best. Time to use an objective, ultimate rule for justice but will people accept it? Only real objective yardstick is the law of God in Jesus Christ.

  • Nipcat - 2011-10-13 13:44

    Hope the cops did everything by the book or he may even get off on a technicality.

  • natbt - 2011-10-13 13:45

    we need to make an example out of this animal , we need to let the sick bastards KNOW that we will not put up with this!! FAR too many rape stories on our news channels!

  • pberchu - 2011-10-13 13:45

    As parent only you know the lenghts you've had to go to bring this child up. You do your besst, then rejects like these are left free after proving they are a menace to society. Justice has failed this child & all mothers. When is somebody in power going to change this system so that the women & children in our country feel safe & protected??? Condolences to the family

  • Rudeman - 2011-10-13 13:45

    HE HANDED HIMSELF IN,the cops too useless to catch him. They had 9 other cases and could not match the DNA ??? WTF ??? The blood of each of them on the hands that let him walk free the first time round !!!

      Bloodbane_3 - 2011-10-13 14:21

      @Rudeman - wish people would learn to read, he handed himself over after cops got hold of him through his brother

  • lesedi.setumo - 2011-10-13 13:45

    This man is so cruel he deserve a life sentence.

      Geraldo Mc phu - 2011-10-13 13:54

      howa about a death sentence ?

      Saffa Girl - 2011-10-13 13:57

      Nah not a life sentence, his family will still get a chance to visit him in prison, and I refuse to pay for this venom's upkeep. He should be hanged, so that his family can feel the same pain that Louise de Waal's family is feeling right now.

      Prof - 2011-10-13 14:09

      If you kill, u carry the sins of the person you are killing, so would you risk carrying his sins by killing him?? Nobody is allowed to kill.

  • Carol73 - 2011-10-13 13:46

    Cut if off and feed it to him like onion rings .... dirty SOB .....*spits*

  • Silversx - 2011-10-13 13:46

    If our justice system never failed the first time.....she would still be alive and the other little girls this savage hurt would have been safe. The criminals have a safe haven in SA, its their playground and our children are their toys

  • Lulu - 2011-10-13 13:47

    He received a suspended sentence for sexual assault??? This poor girl died tragically because our justice system let this animal back on the street with a little slap on the wrist. Absolutely disgusting!!!!

  • Morag Williams - 2011-10-13 13:48

    Morag W. And the taxpayers have to pay for this scum in jail? Hang the bastard in public.