'Sunday Rapist' charged for 2 murders

2012-03-07 14:40

Johannesburg - "Sunday Rapist" Johannes Jacobus Steyn was charged with the murders of teenagers Louise de Waal and Lazanne Farmer in the Krugersdorp Regional Court on Wednesday.

Steyn was also charged with 11 counts of rape, 10 counts of sexual assault, and 10 counts of kidnapping, SABC radio news reported.

Steyn would remain behind bars until his next court appearance in the South Gauteng High Court on July 23.

He allegedly abducted Roodepoort schoolgirl De Waal in October last year while she was on her way to school. It was just before her 17th birthday.

De Waal's burnt body was found on a Magaliesberg farm later the same day.

Steyn handed himself over at the Margate police station in KwaZulu-Natal the next day.

Farmer, 14, from Elandspoort in Pretoria, was kidnapped in September 2010 by a man in a bakkie.

She was killed when she apparently jumped out of the bakkie in a bid to escape.

Police said Steyn had confessed to being the "Sunday Rapist", but not to killing De Waal. He had allegedly raped a number of young girls in Gauteng and the North West, mostly on Sundays, since 2008.

  • Marion - 2012-03-07 14:49

    This man doesn't deserve to see the outside of a prison ever again in his life.

      Sizah - 2012-03-07 15:23

      when he committed these horrendeous acts he was not himself, this man was crying out loud trying to connect with god, i do believe the truth will eventually come out trust me when i tell u - i have no doubt in my mind he wants went to a bible school or sumthing, Did u know everytime he raped a girl he had a bible close by??? - so what does that tell u??? - crucify him all u want but i think not

      Marion - 2012-03-07 15:28

      @Sizah - so when I call out to God I can do it with a bible next to me while I rape and murder? There is such a thing as self-restraint and if he knew he was damaged to the extent that he had to have a bible with him to call out to God then he was quite capable of controlling his sick urges. People who walk with God don't need to 'call out' to Him because He is already with them. He could have bought himself a pair of handcuffs and attached himself to a railing or something until his barbaric urges had worn off.

      Dianne - 2012-03-07 15:55

      @Sizah...did you have idiots pills for breakfast today?

      Gcwabe.KaMavovo - 2012-03-07 15:58

      Sizah perpetuating the stereotype of the dof happy-clappy christian.

      Schmee - 2012-03-08 08:07

      Sizah - another reason to become an athiest.

  • Niemeijer - 2012-03-07 14:56

    Bring back the death penalty

  • TenRas1 - 2012-03-07 14:57

    deep his head inside water for 43 mins. let him go free after that...

      Tanya - 2012-03-07 15:00

      Raping him over and over again sounds like a much better punishment!

  • Hermann - 2012-03-07 15:13

    Another deserver escapes the rope.

      Amanda - 2012-03-07 16:23


  • Sharon - 2012-03-07 15:21

    His victims were no more than children! It is truly frightening how many serial rapists stalk their victims in this country.

      fritz.vandenberg - 2012-03-07 16:07

      Its sad Sharon, but it's not only happening in 'this' country.

      Sharon - 2012-03-07 17:01

      @ Fritz, now you are going to tell me it is "normal" for a country to have 1500 active serial rapists? There are serial rapists in other countries, granted, but you will never convince me that the problem is so pronounced there as it is here.

  • Gary - 2012-03-07 15:21

    so many rapists out there, it's sickening...

  • Karin - 2012-03-07 15:24

    Sick, sick, sick. He deserves to be raped himself in prison

      Erin - 2012-03-07 16:04

      ....And no doubt he will be!

      Mimi Ngqulana - 2012-03-07 17:24

      he would be tender meat there...I give them permission 2 have him 4 b/fast, lunch n supper...! Luckly they wont kill him now

  • Hannelie - 2012-03-07 15:43


  • Masentle - 2012-03-07 16:01

    This man doesn't deserved to be among human beings

      Cynthia - 2012-03-08 15:14

      Sorry Masentle, you don't call that thing a "man".

  • Cynthia - 2012-03-08 09:11

    There is no amount of years in jail that can eaze the pain of losing a beloved daughter or sister. The law should be changed whereby a criminal charged with murder and rape be handed over to the family members. That way the Courts won't get clogged up with postponement after postponement and the criminal won't have the luxury of having somewhere to sleep at night and meals 3 x a day!

  • Cynthia - 2012-03-08 09:13

    Sizah you must wake up and smell the roses my friend!!! and leave what you are smoking.

  • Cynthia - 2012-03-08 09:17

    Bring back the Death Penalty and let the family pull the switch. Whatever Government brings that back will have my vote!!!

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