Suspects held for Delmas murders

2012-05-30 16:19

Johannesburg - Two men have been arrested in connection with the murder of a day mother and a 5-month-old baby boy in Delmas, Mpumalanga police said.

Lieutenant Colonel  Leonard Hlathi said the two men, aged 44 and 54, were taken into custody on Tuesday night.

"The men were found in possession of jewellery and a cell phone, which police believe belonged to the victim."

They were expected to appear in the Delmas Magistrate's Court on Thursday. The woman, Margrietha de Goede, 66, and baby Wiehan were found strangled in her home last Wednesday.

The day mother's body was found under a carpet in an outside room. The baby was found under a bed in the main house.

The baby's mother repeatedly phoned the woman's house and became concerned when there was no answer.

The motive for the murders was not known.

De Goede was reportedly buried on Sunday while the baby would be cremated this week. A funeral service for both were held in the town on Monday morning.

Police were searching for Themba Ephraim Mahlangu, who worked as a gardener for the De Goedes.

"It is believed that he can assist the police with the investigation," Hlathi said.

  • Marion - 2012-05-30 16:28

    Good to hear that they have moved so quickly and taken some suspects into custody. Well done SAPS.

      eil33nn - 2012-05-30 16:29

      I hope these are the men, and i hope the courts show no mercy!

      Squeegee - 2012-05-30 16:39

      I particularly want to know why they murdered a baby. How was this child a threat to them?

      Piet - 2012-05-30 16:39

      These animals should be strangled to near death and then let be to recover. Then starngled again till near death and let be recover. This should be repeated and repeated over and over again so that they can feel what it feels like to be on the receiving end of such a brutal attack. WTF was a few months old baby going to do to them? Identify them in a line-up or open a case at the police? These sub-humans just do not belong anywhere near society.

      colin.dovey - 2012-05-30 16:44

      We had a man trying to break in to our home last week - my son (who is MASSIVE and STRONG) - ran after the miscreant, and beat him VERY HARD......the police came quickly, and he is now in the Police cells....of course it is another matter as to whether he will be prison - the system is pathetic.

      Marion - 2012-05-30 16:51

      @eil33nn - unfortunately 'no mercy' in our courts is probably a maximum effective jail sentence of 20 years.

  • Sharon - 2012-05-30 16:28

    Maybe they can explain slowly to us why they felt compelled to strangle a 5 month old baby. For the life of me I will never understand the reasoning behind this act. As for the daymother, a lady in her 60s, she could not defend herself, and was certainly no threat to them. This senseless killing is beyond comprehension.

      Marion - 2012-05-30 16:51

      @Sharon - I am reminded of the Dina Rodriguez story.

  • matthew.swanepoel.9 - 2012-05-30 16:32

    They should hang those guys up by the sensitive bits and feed them to some hungry wild animal! They are monster nothing less.

  • Nigel - 2012-05-30 16:39

    Barbarian savages. No punishment is good enough for these B%*ta#ds.

  • murray.annandale - 2012-05-30 16:39

    Atleast SA has got the death penalty, oh no wait they will be up for parole after 5 years. Wonder what Wiehan could have been doing after 5 years

  • Frederick - 2012-05-30 16:46

    And they call themselves human??????? like hell.....

  • Bob - 2012-05-30 16:52

    Great work SAPS on quick results in this heinous crime - I would love to have the opportunity of 2 minutes by myself with these bastards!

  • Stewart Croucamp - 2012-05-30 17:08

    Psychopaths do not have a conscience. They must be hung by the neck till the life drains out of them.

  • TheBlackRaptor - 2012-05-30 17:15

    They will be let out next year on Freedom day anyway!

  • evdwesthuizen1 - 2012-05-30 17:16

    @squeegee They were white. Threat enough. Now this is a racist attack. Killed for being white.

  • Michael - 2012-05-30 17:20

    Hang em high

  • Melusi - 2012-05-30 17:26

    Hang the bastards!!!!

  • jaysonpaul.beckwith - 2012-05-30 17:30

    These low life, bottom feeding scum bags should be hung by there necks until there miserable lives are dead. NO MERCY!!!

  • Tax - 2012-05-30 17:30

    The motive for these murders is GENOCIDE. Filthy cowardly vermin that prey on defenceless white people.

  • Ben - 2012-05-30 17:32

    Uncivilized like animals. Difference, animals have a reason to kill.

  • Bibi - 2012-05-30 17:40


  • Charnelle - 2012-05-30 18:01

    Name and shame! Burn them at the stake!! Why waste tax payer's money??? Take the life of a defenceless child, rot in hell!

      Charnelle - 2012-05-30 18:35

      Just to shamefull for words! Perhaps there is a reason behind not naming these animal, me, not being a violent person am so apalled by this story that I myself would hunt these animals down, God only knows what I would do to them. How can we leave these criminals in this justice system that we have no faith in? Why are our children being murdered?

  • phillip.havenga - 2012-05-30 19:01

    Give them to me and I will slowly skin them alive the kind of creature that murders children and the elderly has no value to me and I will not blink an eye while watching them them die slowly and painfully.

  • Hudayfah - 2012-05-30 19:21

    Get that khayalitsha community in there asap. Let the necklacing can commence

  • Mike Purchase - 2012-05-30 19:31

    We demand that their faces are shown on every media device in the world so that we can get them and make an example of them when zuma lets them out.

  • Jonathan - 2012-06-05 20:00

    Oh how i wish they did this in P.E townships.... we wud be singing a different tune ANIMALS

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