Syndicate behind ex-cricketer's murder

2012-04-26 10:19

Johannesburg - Police believe that former cricketer Louis Vorster, 46, was targeted by a syndicate that watches people at banks and then follows them before robbing them.

Beeld reported that Vorster’s killers had followed him for almost 70km before shooting and killing him.

Gauteng police spokesperson Lieutenant Colonel Tshisikhawe Ndou said Vorster’s death had nothing to do with diamonds, as was initially reported.

A private investigator, Flip van Huyssteen, was hired by Vorster’s friends to assist with the investigation.

Van Huyssteen obtained CCTV footage and identified Vorster’s killers within 72 hours.

He is working with police. 


The footage showed Vorster leaving the bank after making his withdrawal, followed by a man wearing a hat. While Vorster paid his parking ticket, the man with the hat was seen nearby talking on a cellphone. When Vorster walked to his car, the man followed him.

Vorster did not notice that he was being followed.

As he left the shopping centre, a silver VW Golf followed his car. CCTV camera footage at the scene of the murder shows that the shooter is the same man who hours before was seen in the shopping centre where Vorster had gone to the bank. 

A friend of Vorster’s, Marco van Niekerk, said Vorster had been caught completely unawares.

“If Louis had been in the bank 10 minutes later or 50 minutes earlier, it probably wouldn’t have happened.”  

Police have released photographs of the suspected killers.

  • John - 2012-04-26 10:35

    Looks like a Nigerian to me, Police should first talk to Nigerian criminals to nab this animal....

      Rob - 2012-04-26 10:48

      Very difficult. Looks like one of millions out there. Does fit the profile of the " usual suspects " though.

      Piet - 2012-04-26 12:08

      Thecock so we can rule out 3.5 million suspects now for the other 60 million!

      Rob - 2012-04-26 12:53

      Piet lol !

  • Adil Smit - 2012-04-26 10:37

    Someone inside the bank maybe tipping off these guys?

      Rob - 2012-04-26 10:50

      Yes Adil, very possible. It has been proven before.

      Marion - 2012-04-26 11:41

      Could be. I think the banking hall and business section of banks should be separated so that people cannot sit in the business section and watch what is going on in the banking section. Also, they should cover the windows of the banking hall so that no one outside can see large amounts of cash being handed over.

      Elize - 2012-04-26 12:31

      problem is it is the teller themselves that gives the tips.

      Andre - 2012-04-26 12:40

      I have seen numerous times that tellers, while helping customers, work their BlackBerry. I have complained,but nothing gets done about it. Personally I think that no large amounts of cash should be handled. If you have to pay someone, credit / debit card or eft. I have cancelled many transactions, because the person did not accept credit / debit cards or EFT. My safety is more important than their "tax dodging"

  • Mark - 2012-04-26 10:48

    "Police have released photographs of the suspected killers." That's very good but how about showing them to us?

  • Gieljam - 2012-04-26 10:49

    Beware drawing especially large amount of cash and then leaving a bank is as dangerous as swimming in shark invested custard .All seems well but the prowling eyes are there. In the last 3 years 2 robberies took place just in our street one of them my late neighbour .

  • Dazz - 2012-04-26 10:51

    when can we start hunting down such people and instead of sending them to a 5star hotel called prison, we kill them? we'll probably be doing ourselves a favour, rehabilitation is nonsense when it comes to such animals, rather rob and spare a life if you fail to do what is just right. nxx

      Piet - 2012-04-26 11:18

      Agree they clearly are the sort that one should hang. We do not need them at all

  • Loo - 2012-04-26 11:00

    WELL DONE to private investigators. If it was left to the police they would probably still be on their way to the scene. To the Vorster family (My heartfelt condolences and I hope the murderer is caught and convicted soon in order for you to start getting closure) ::: But we all know there's sadly a huge difference between catching and convicting in our country :(

  • Greg Gow - 2012-04-26 11:20

    This has been going on for years, I have had cash taken from me in the past under similar circumstances. Now the perpetrators will die at my hand if they try because I got no joy from the police at the time.

      Piet - 2012-04-26 11:26

      But you are alive?

  • Chumscrubber1 - 2012-04-26 11:27

    I wonder where the whole diamond thing speculation materialised? Obviously whatever was stolen had high value, as the guys life seemed immaterial to the murderous thieves. He was followed from the bank - was it a large amount of cash to pay for something? Seems more to this story than meets the eye - but then, all just speculation ... but not a run of the mill SA murder, thats for sure. Hope they catch the suspects.

      Elize - 2012-04-26 12:38

      Apparently he drew R150000.00 in cash to buy two generators.

      Rob - 2012-04-26 12:40

      I think you started that rumour Chum.

      Reon - 2012-04-26 13:22

      Why draw R150k to buy generators and from who? He could've transfered the money .........

  • Leendert - 2012-04-26 11:41

    Well, no, but it would have happened to somebody else, so the '50 minutes earlier / 10 minutes later' doesn't help the actual problem.

  • Elize - 2012-04-26 12:30

    All that I want to know is who in his right mind still draws R150000.00 in cash from a bank?? In the olden days you had to give the banks notification for such a large withdrawl, maybe it was a inside job?

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