Son regrets killing dominee - pastor

2012-11-20 10:25

Johannesburg - Martin Brits has prayed for forgiveness following the November 8 murders of his father and his sister's fiancé in Harrismith, according to a pastor who visited Brits in jail, Beeld reported on Tuesday.

Pastor Gert Victor visited Brits, 28, hours before the memorial service held for his father, Willem Brits, 60.

"He repeatedly said he was sorry, and expressed remorse... he feels particularly guilty towards his two brothers (Willie and Dawid), and his sister (Thea)."

Victor said he gave Brits the opportunity to pray.

"He was not averse to the idea. He said a short and powerful prayer, apologised to God and said he realised that he'd done a very foolish thing."

Brits also enquired about the wellbeing of his other family members, including his mother Dorothea, who had been in the intensive care unit of the Bloemfontein Mediclinic since she was struck with an axe during the attack.

Brits and Elliot Mhlambi, 41, his co-accused, appeared briefly in the Harrismith Magistrate's Court again on Monday in connection with the murders of Willem Brits and his future son-in-law Gerhard Vermeulen, 25.

Corne Marais, Brits' lawyer, told Beeld the media attention "was getting to" Brits, because he knew it was placing strain on his family.

Brits confessed to his involvement in the murders before a Fouriesburg magistrate last week.

  • gavin.lott.9 - 2012-11-20 10:34


      janice.mcmaster.92 - 2012-11-20 14:42

      So he asks for forgivness, and that makes what he did ok, in his eyes????? SICK ****

  • michael.horton.566790 - 2012-11-20 10:35

    What was the motive?

  • ulandi.potgieter - 2012-11-20 10:40

    he still needs to be put away for the wrong thing he did because his mother is now sitting with out life partner .

      ulandi.potgieter - 2012-11-20 11:37

      @ atheitis - are you meaning me or are you meaning the the guy that did the killing?

  • aspruyt - 2012-11-20 10:40

    Regret always comes to late heh. Too bad you screwed up your chance and do not deserve another.

  • Gcwabe.KaMavovo - 2012-11-20 10:41

    This guy is looking to get himself a lenient sentence.

  • zimbobwe.mugabe - 2012-11-20 10:43

    I feel sorry for this dude to me he doesn't look right in his head. I think the trauma of loosing his parents from a young age might have contributed to this. This is a cry for help.

      mark.singh.9889 - 2012-11-20 11:38

      could have been that the drugs have now worn off and he feels remorse. He will have plenty of time in prison to deal with his guilt.

      sagebrush.bush - 2012-11-20 11:58


      zimbobwe.mugabe - 2012-11-20 14:51

      Atleast he admitted, confessed and feel sorry for what he did. I'm still saying there must be some underlying cuases that trigerred this tragedy. I'm interested in hearing what he had to say but I still think he needs some psychiatric evaluation. Die man is nie reg in die kop. Dit kan help in die toekoms vir die tipe van die mense. In Sepedi we say "Ngwana phoshadira ga a bolawe" meaning don't kill the basterds, he might be useful in the future *smiling*!!! There is the difference between criminals who kill people for their cellphone and a family member who kill his own family. Their motivation are not the same. Something terrible must have happened to him in that family house.

  • patrick.mampane - 2012-11-20 10:49

    Did the pastor visit the other guy as well?

      kimard - 2012-11-20 11:12

      it probably depends on "the other guys" religion - some only believe in the ancestors you know

  • JManAtheoi - 2012-11-20 10:49

    Pray all you want. no one is listening.

      mark.singh.9889 - 2012-11-20 11:39

      God listens.

      JManAtheoi - 2012-11-20 11:53


  • kofi.ghanaman - 2012-11-20 10:50

    why, why, why, why, why, ...............

  • kimard - 2012-11-20 10:52

    sorry? i'm sorry but i'm not swallowing that SORRY because this was premeditated EF-nut!

      mbossenger - 2012-11-20 11:21

      He meant to say he was sorry he got caught...

  • sandra.j.rennie - 2012-11-20 10:55

    Praying ain't gonna help you now buddy ! Far too late. You should have thought about this before doing the BAD deed ! Idiot !

  • marcus.steenberg.7 - 2012-11-20 10:57

    He prayed for forgiveness did he...oh well that's all ok then - may as well just let him go home since he's obviously sorry. No one ever prays and professes belief in god in order to appear less guilty and to receive mercy from the court. No one...ever.

  • DrGonzoSA - 2012-11-20 11:01

    crazy christians

      mark.singh.9889 - 2012-11-20 11:40

      Yes, Christians are crazy for God. We are proud of that

      Elisha - 2012-11-20 12:05

      Amen Mark. Yes we are, and we wouldn't kill anyone. But i believe God forgives.

      JManAtheoi - 2012-11-20 12:25

      "...and we wouldn't kill anyone..." um...check that....

  • eland.snitbul - 2012-11-20 11:09

    Apologies won't bring back a husband...!

  • irma.white.9 - 2012-11-20 11:19

    Oh shame, you're sad because you killed the man who was so kind as to take you in as a child? You are sad because you killed your sisters fiance? You are sad because you had the only mother you knew attacked? Oh yes, now we feel more sorry for you than for the actual victims because you regret it. Pleeeeeaaaaassssse, who gives a damn if you regret it now?

  • theMichaelHawthorne - 2012-11-20 11:21

    Saying sorry to an inmaginary being doesn't make not guilty...

  • valkyriaza - 2012-11-20 11:36

    He is 28, but looks like he is in his early 40s. Doesn't sound like a stable or sensible person either. What a shame for his family

  • i.see.a.cupcake - 2012-11-20 12:15

    dude are you joking!?

  • teri.bosmanbekker - 2012-11-20 12:18

    Ja bliksem! Spyt kom altyd te laat nê! What he did was barbaric! An apology and confession is not going to undo what you did.

  • Johan - 2012-11-20 14:57

    I doubt it. I think he regrets being caught.

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