Tears at service for family 'cut in half'

2012-01-13 08:00

Johannesburg - "It's just the two of us now, but we'll be okay," Kobus Coetzee told his son Dewald at a memorial service for his wife Linda and oldest son on Thursday.

Linda, 47, and Ruan, 22, died after they were shot several times during an attack by four men on their home in Wonderboom, Pretoria, on December 10 last year.

Ruan was shot six times and was declared brain dead a few days later.

Linda died of her injuries at Steve Biko Academic Hospital on January 6, almost a month after the attack. She'd lost her right eye and sustained head injuries during the attack.

Family cut in half

"What can one say? Our family has been cut in half," Kobus said, before embracing Dewald, 19.

Kobus was shot three times and one bullet is still lodged in his back.

Ruan's friend, Rozanne Oeschger, who was hit in the leg but managed to run away and call for help, read out an emotional letter during the service.

"You will always be my dream man, because I saw you as the father of my unborn children. You were the angel of my heart."

The assailants sped off when Dewald arrived at the house at around 20:00 to find his wounded parents and brother.

'No statement'

With his father still in a serious condition in hospital, it was left to him to decide that Ruan's organs could be donated.

“We have to be strong," Dewald said before the service.

Kobus is furious because police have yet to take a statement from him.

"I'm the main witness in a double murder and the police haven't spoken to me yet."

Police spokesperson Pinky Tsinyane said on Thursday she could not get hold of the investigating officer to find out why a statement had not been taken.

No one has been arrested yet.

  • Perfume - 2012-01-13 08:14

    No one has been arrested yet......I am amazed that no one has been arrested - how did SAPS manage to arrest Johan Kotze so quickly, the wicked scum who had his wife raped and killed their, and yet they have not arrested the perpetrators who committed this wicked crime. We are being updated every single day of Kotze, why is there no updates concerning the hunt for these vile scum

      Leon - 2012-01-13 08:28

      The police managed to arrest Kotze because a member of the tax-paying public reported his whereabouts.

      Squeegee - 2012-01-13 08:35

      Absolute, total slackness. She could not find the investigating officer because there isn't one!

      GWS - 2012-01-13 08:43

      Everyone is going on about how the SAPF are doing a good job of still arresting criminals even though the police are by and large ineffective....but it's after the arrest that the system seems to fail us.

      Bloody-Agent - 2012-01-13 08:52

      The truth is the police haven't taken a statement yet because its just another white family like so many others that has been torn apart by a violent murder. Had the murderers been white there would probably be a nationwide manhunt to find them and you wouldn't hear the end of it for years to come. Unfortunately like so many other murders this one will probably be forgotten. This comment might be harsh, but when the majority of news articles consists mostly of violent murders and corruption, one cannot help but point out the facts..

      allcoveredinNinjas - 2012-01-13 08:54

      10% of murder cases get convictions (SA Law commissions report) but estimated that the figure realistically is about 4-7% .

      Bloody-Agent - 2012-01-13 09:36

      @Rabbit.. What you are saying is 100% true. The point I'm trying to make is why do some murders receive an endless amount of attention when actually all murders should be treated the same even when the murderer has been caught? Are some murders considered less important than others? What happened to the murderer of a little 7 year old girl found dead in a shack? What happened to the murderers who dragged a farmer behind a bakkie? You did not see a nationwide manhunt as with the Kotse case. All I'm saying is that all murders should be treated the same, and I'm sure as every other tax paying citizen in South African it makes my blood boil to hear that this murder was not treated with the same amount of attention as with the Kotse case.

      Dante - 2012-01-13 12:16

      Bloody-agent Lets just say it is easier if the criminal is white,identified and has a vehicle to trace down.he still wasnt found by the police though...

      Freedom - 2012-01-13 16:32

      The police service is not equipped to handle the amount of crime reported with technology from the stone age. Every family black or white should be given the right to defend themselves with armed force, our guns laws are a joke, every able man should know & given the right to use a gun to protect his family.

  • Da - 2012-01-13 08:16

    The fact hat the police haven't taken a statement up to now is worth of comment, but if I have to say exactly what I think of such slackness, I will be in CMax by end of day because of the language I will use to say what I think of the police. So..No Comment.

      carpejugulim - 2012-01-13 08:49

      Da if they ignore it for long enough it will go away because people will give up. Besides, the work ethic there needs to change ... drastically

      Sunett - 2012-01-13 08:55

      I'm with you,Da. No comment. I might just get my ass locked up. When I get this mad, it's best to shut up.

  • Izaan - 2012-01-13 08:18

    so sick of south africa i could vomit.

      Squeegee - 2012-01-13 08:34

      Careful what you say - ask Luke Watson...

      Sunett - 2012-01-13 08:56

      @Squeegee - Lol! I forgot about that!

  • Dirk - 2012-01-13 08:19

    An absolute disgrace, but of course, that is standard behaviour by the majorty of the police( I have deliberately left "service"out) N24 should provide the name of the "investigating officer" May God comfort and carry father and son through their ordeal.

  • Ben - 2012-01-13 08:21

    Condolences. This genocide will still go on for a long time as it goes hand in hand with A.A. and B.E.E.

      Jeffrey - 2012-01-13 09:32

      What!? You think this is an Affirmative Action murder? I fail to see the connection.

      Schalk - 2012-01-13 09:47

      No Jeffrey the police is useless because of AA.

      Ben - 2012-01-13 12:01

      No Jeffrey, I think the one was as much of the master plan as the other.

  • Nitro - 2012-01-13 08:22

    This is how it goes in SA, this is nothing new out of 20 crimes commited 1 gets arrested (if they lucky).

  • Donny Doncaster - 2012-01-13 08:24


  • Hermann - 2012-01-13 08:26

    Hey, do we really expect them to take statements and so make work for themselves?

  • casper.bornman - 2012-01-13 08:30


      Monique - 2012-01-13 13:23

      En Piet Byleveld met die moord en roof spesialis eenhede...en verander die wapen wet dat ons hulle ook wettiglik kan blaai!

      Amanda - 2012-01-13 14:10

      Ons almal moet gaan TOOI TOOI voor Zuma se huis of PARLEMENT en vra dat doodstraf terug gebring word. As die swartes kan Tooi tooi oor kospryse en dan nog wen ook nog, kan ons wittes dit ook reg kry. Ons wit nasie is bang en dis hoekom ons nie reg kry wat ons wil he nie. WIT OF SWART, HANG DIE GOED.

  • Jayne - 2012-01-13 08:39

    The reason no arrests have been made is because this is not in the media spotlight daily, therefore the police have no pressure from the public so they are sitting on their laurels as usual!

  • Gerhard - 2012-01-13 08:42

    The reason a statement has not been taken, is that this "incident" is not a priority. It is just another white family that was attacked and the chances of arresting anybody because of police work, is zero. If the oublic does not give the police the suspects on a silver platter, nothing will happen. Even when they are given the suspects, they claim "good policed work". Scary!

  • Zifnab - 2012-01-13 08:45

    It is never just robbery is it? There is always torture, intimidation, mutilation and murder as well. What gives? If it was not racially motivated then why not just take the stuff and run? If this was white on black violence, no stone would be left unturned by the government to find the perpetrators.

  • Pieto - 2012-01-13 08:45

    nice to see the chief of police doing his job by taking action himself...SAPD (south african pathetic don't-cares)!!!!!!!!!

  • Beetroot - 2012-01-13 08:46

    A very sad and unneccessary loss to an innocent family. My condolences to the survivors. Well done ANC! This is purely your responsibility. So many crimes and such useless police. The weapons were probably stolen police firearms anyway.

  • Pieto - 2012-01-13 08:48

    The chief of police should have been some one like dirty harry!! with his two deputies Smith and Wesson!

  • ivan.coetzee2 - 2012-01-13 08:50

    Words fail me, how could the SAPS be so bloody useless in this case??? Condolences to the survivors and the family, to the deceased RIP, we hope justice will be served on your behalf. So sad

  • Tersius - 2012-01-13 08:52

    This is what our goverment call service.

  • STYLEbudd - 2012-01-13 08:54

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you. I pray that justice will prevail and the peace of God will comfort you all.

  • Perfume - 2012-01-13 09:04

    Kobus is furious because police have yet to take a statement from him. "I'm the main witness in a double murder and the police haven't spoken to me yet."......if Kobus is the main witness, which means he could give the police a clear identikit of these murderers, yet a statement was not taken from him. Why was a statement not taken at the scene of the crime, don't SAPS walk around with pen and paper for such incidents. And now the spokesperson cannot get hold of the investigating officer, it sounds like a lot of lies to me, is there only ONE investigating officer handling this case. The murderers are still at large, so it gives them reign to roam around the country and continue murdering people, as long as SAPS does not arrest them. Once arrested we will read that the murderers committed the same crime in 2009/2010/2011 and was let out on R500 bail....PATHETIC!!!!!! We applauded them for arresting one man Johan Kotze, when in fact this case should of been given high priority as well. A family has been left in turmoil.

      cruywagen - 2012-01-13 09:33

      Policeman are awarded for bravery, we should name and shame the ones that fail to do their jobs!

      Sharon - 2012-01-13 10:04

      They cant therefore cant take a statement, they will leave it to the detectives to do that..........if one can be found ........this sucks big time RIP

      Michael - 2012-01-13 12:42

      @shanna, i once had to write for a traffic cop at an accident scene, because he couldn't. True story! Do they even have to have a matric certificate when applying? The problem is compounded, when it is a white person who has been murdered. They could not give a stuff. Another story, a double murder next to a friend of mine. Both people horrifically stabbed to death. Defensive wounds all over their arms etc. My friend came across the scene when a domestic came running to him in a panic screaming for help. Whilst trying to assist the police, a "detective" approaches my friend and asks "What do you think? looks like suicide to me" The mind boggles! This is what we have to put up with. God help Africa

  • Alva - 2012-01-13 09:15

    Shocking! Big thumbs down to SAPS on this one!

  • Peter - 2012-01-13 09:16

    Where is the death penalty? If the people who perpetrate these crimes have no respect for the life of others why does the government refuse to reinstate the death penalty. People who kill in "cold blood" should expect to receive the same fate.

      Ben - 2012-01-13 09:39

      If they received the death penalty they would not have been able to vote for the A.N.C. As it stands now they retain 4 votes for and eliminated 2 votes against. If you lose an election the gravy train stops. Sad but true.

      Sharon - 2012-01-13 10:07

      People who kill can not be called human, a critical link in the DNA chain has been broken and therefor, to stop the unhuman from making children with the broken DNA they should be given death sentence

  • andre.v.staden - 2012-01-13 09:18

    My dad was shot five times in front of my mother in July of last year, this for only the loot they got away with; my dad's 9mm pistol, and 3 or 4 cell phones. We have given the SAPS all they needed to track the cell phones, IMEI nr's etc, boxes of the phones etc, but to date the killers have not been caught. I feel the pain of this family, and I hope in their instance the thieving, murdering, robbing, scum that they are, are brought to justice. Regards Grieving Son

      martin.vandermerwe - 2012-01-13 09:38

      Sorry to hear about your ordeal Andre, this is the plan, kill as many whites as possible, the bomb is ticking, they want war and believe me we will give them war.

      JakesLR - 2012-01-13 11:37

      Hi.I am really sorry to hear about this. I can only think how a person must feel after something like this happens right in front of you to your family.Anger and hate builds up every day and I can see why South Africans are such an angry nation.We will have to stand together to remove these criminal murderous scum from our society

      Amanda - 2012-01-13 14:14

      Andre, i think people like you should draw up something asking ZUMA & KIE to bring back the DEATH PENALTY. I know it would never bring back the loved ones but at least it is A BULLET FOR A BULLET - like our new CHIEF POLICE MAN said. Famous last words.

  • Alva - 2012-01-13 09:19

    News24. Now that you have brought this tragedy to our attention, please keep it front-page news till SAPS get off their asses and do their job finding the killers!

  • cruywagen - 2012-01-13 09:26

    I am not surprised at how slack the police has been in this case, when my mom died in a car accident 20 months ago because of a drunk/half asleep truck driver driving through an embankment on the highway, nothing has been said and done. In fact I believe the driver was never arrested an has subsequently disappeared (How convenient). In the interim the families are left to morn and suffer losses with no or very little consequences to the perpetrators. Although our loss was not a brutal shooting it was murder non the less. I am tired of reading such sad stories and this is only a few that even make it to the papers. What needs to be done for change to start happening. I am fed up!

  • wilna.louw - 2012-01-13 09:26

    "Could not get hold of the investigating officer.." Okay, so you just leave it at that?? How many times did you try? How about "But I will keep on trying until I do.." or as the spokesperson why don't you update the media? Surely SOMEONE can get a hold of the investigating officer - bloody give me his name and I will find him! So sad.

  • Perfume - 2012-01-13 09:30

    Stop removing our comments NEWS24 moderators!!!

      martin.vandermerwe - 2012-01-13 09:35

      Bunch of ANC hypocrites removing the statements, they are scared of the truth, the ANC and CAN led Government is f@#$@ing hopeless, has been and will always be…..

  • Dave - 2012-01-13 09:33

    The police in this country are useless. I have had a case going for five months and the cops have still not sorted out the paperwork.

  • donnaveen.howe - 2012-01-13 09:34

    Why was this story not headlined in the newspapers. The newspapers headline politicians talking rubbish instead of headlining the murders and other crimes that happen on a daily basis. This would force some action to be taken. Obviously thats if the relevant authorities are actually capable of doing anything.

  • Bokfan - 2012-01-13 09:43

    Pinky if you were halfway competent you'd be investigating the monstrous waste-of-a-badge in "charge" of the case. We'd like to know his/her name and why they and their commanding officer should not be charged with gross dereliction of duty, not to say defeating the ends of justice.

  • ruda.sealie - 2012-01-13 09:44

    This makes me so so angry.

  • Sky - 2012-01-13 09:48

    This is pathetic and lack of accountability, you kill the bastard in your yard, you get thrown in jail and also have to answer to the human rights commission, what happened to self defense, the right to life as stated in the constitution ? I feel for this family and all other families that gets hacked to death everyday.

      Perfume - 2012-01-13 09:57

      Human Rights only comes into effect when the murderers are hacking people away, suddenly they seem to have every right!! I still can't get pass the fact that they did not take a statement from the main witness, and neither can the investigating officer be reached. I would still like to know, how many investigating officers are on this case, and why is that the spokesperson is not trying to reach the commanding officer, I am sure there must be someone higher in the police force that can be reached. They running headlines daily about Johan Kotze, we the public would also like to have running headlines on this story as well, advising us (1) the investigating officer has been reached (2) statement has been taken from the main witness (3) perpetrators have been caught and sitting behind bars, awaiting sentencing.

  • aspruyt - 2012-01-13 09:48

    In sorrow, we mourn those lost. In gratitude, we embrace those around us. In sympathy, we reach out to those who grieve.

  • Sky - 2012-01-13 09:50

    Sorry Andre.

  • paganosza - 2012-01-13 09:54

    As citizen's we need to be more vigilant, and pro-active. A friend of ours was broken into whilst she was in the shower and her mom was sleeping. She managed to lock herself into the living area, and called us. End result, we managed to apprehend one of the suspects, and with the help of the community policing forum, the other suspect will be apprehended too.

  • Genesistt - 2012-01-13 09:55

    Typical. This poor family has gone through hell and the police can't seem to care. It's shameful!

  • scottdavies123 - 2012-01-13 10:06

    It all comes down to publicity. The Kotze issue was so shocking (sad that a double murder is not deemed "shocking enough" to warrant major headlines) that it got a lot of news time. This meant the police had to focus on it so that they could be seen to be doing something.

  • nicholas.harle - 2012-01-13 10:07

    Only cell phones where stolen?! does that not sound wrong, these were executions simple as that, genocide

      Margaret - 2012-01-13 11:23

      yes only cellphones were taken after they have shot serveral times, my friend died and his mother also died JUST for cellphone, is a humal life nothing? my heart is teared in pieces!!

  • Schalk - 2012-01-13 10:14

    Judging by the support of the ANC Womans League for the driver who killed the two bikers and the ANCYL support of ET's murderers (to name just two) it is a clear indication that the ANC supports the systematic killing of whites by blacks. That is also why the SAPS is not very keen to investigated murder cases where whites were killed by blacks. Add to that the fact that no ANC minister or .president has ever condemned farm murders it paints a very clear picture of what the ANC wants to do with us whites…

  • Andre - 2012-01-13 10:15

    You need the police urgently? Rush to KFC and Nando's.

  • crazearte - 2012-01-13 10:26

    Mass murder little by little cant any one see. . .

  • Leon - 2012-01-13 10:34

    South African police have no interest in solving the murder. As a matter of fact; I can envision them rejoicing at the death of more whites. Linda, Ruan; I trust justice will prevail; but we can not look to South Africa to provide it. There is no hope for civilized people in this banana republic.

  • Andries - 2012-01-13 10:35

    @bloody-agent, i am inclined to agree with you, I am reading another report on this self same page and also no arrest or statements taken. one cannot feel that this is sadly race orientated the other report

      Perfume - 2012-01-13 10:41

      Yet every day there are constant updates on Johan Kotze, whilst the rest of the murders in this country is not receiving so much coverage. Like someone commented a few posts up, what about the 7yr old little girl that was found dead in a shack, who murdered this child. We all aware that Johan Kotze committed the most despicable crime, we aware that he has been arrested - they need to move past that and start reporting on the other murders that are also being committed. Will this little girl's killer ever be found?? What was the purpose in killing this farmer??

  • marcanthonytaylor - 2012-01-13 10:42

    Heart felt condolences to the family, you guys were by Ruan every day.

  • Masego - 2012-01-13 11:00

    "Police spokesperson Pinky Tsinyane said on Thursday she could not get hold of the investigating officer to find out why a statement had not been taken." Pure embarrassment and incompetency from the police force

  • Margaret - 2012-01-13 11:21

    Ruan en Tannie Linda julle gaan baie gemis word.. Gister se diens was vreeslik hartseer.. RIP

  • Vera - 2012-01-13 11:25

    Sien of daar ook gejag gaan word op die moordenaars van "Fam in 2 gedeel"

  • Eduard - 2012-01-13 11:27

    we need to take the TEXAS approach. Shoot if you feel threatened....

      Amanda - 2012-01-13 14:20

      VIVA EDUARD VIVA. Almal moet begin dink soos jy, dan sal die land beter wees. Skiet die vark net daar, dan is die doodstraf mos gegee. Vir wat wag vir ZUMA & KIE om dit terug te bring. voer die lyke vir varke en niemand sal ooit weet daar was iemand dood gemaak in jou tuin nie.

  • George - 2012-01-13 11:35

    Cope were at a roadblock taking bribes...

  • Schmee - 2012-01-13 11:46

    Wtf?? I wonder if a case has even been opened?

  • Peter - 2012-01-13 12:39

    Unless some vetg@t politician makes a noise, or the media gets hold of it in a serious way, does something actually happen. A solid work ethic is non-existent, and the laziness of the bad cops is a disgrace.