Vanderbijlpark dad killed in front of son

2013-02-27 10:04

Johannesburg - Robbers shot and killed a Vanderbijlpark father in front of his 18-year-old son at the family's home, Beeld reported on Wednesday.

When Bertus Coetzee, 42, arrived home at 22:00 on Monday night, his son Flippie opened the garage door for him so he could park his bakkie inside.

According to Warrant Officer Kinnie Steyn of the Vanderbijlpark police, two armed men threatened Coetzee and held him at gunpoint when he got out of the car.

They took his car keys, shot him in the chest, and fled the scene in a Volkswagen Polo, taking only the keys and Coetzee's work bag, Steyn said.

An ambulance was called, but Coetzee died at the scene.

"The rest of the family is okay, but it's a terrible shock, and so unnecessary," said Belinda Muller, Coetzee's sister.

"He was really a good man, a minister in the Old Apostolic Church."

The Mullers said they suspected that Coetzee's death might have had something to do with information he had about cable theft in the area.

  • John - 2013-02-27 10:11

    Yep organised hit at its best why only take the car keys and bag.....someone out there knows the whole truth......

      Balloo - 2013-02-27 11:06

      I was thinking the same, no better way to mask a hit than to make it look like a botched hi jacking, I'm not saying it is in this case.

      gestoffle.vaneerdenvark - 2013-02-27 15:25

      Sharing an article : South Africa is in a 18 year massacre hidden from the western world by its liberal media. The fact is more people die in ten weeks under Mandela’s SA than died in detention over 40 years of white rule. The farm murders are only a tip of a blood spattered iceberg. Each year hundreds of urban whites are also murdered and many more are the victims of horrific violence motivated by racial hatred and deliberate genocide. Since 1994, an estimated 68,798 white South Africans have been murdered of which 4,041 were commercial farmers. The farm genocide is merely scratching the surface of South Africa's blood stained reality. The frightening truth is that the farm killings are only a part of what is actually going on. What is happening in South Africa against the White population is a crime against humanity. And no one will speak of it.

      jan.vanniekerk.52 - 2013-02-27 15:45

      I'm missing the part where a description of the murderers is given. I suspect he may have been murdered because murder by non-family members is not a serious crime in South Africa.

      gestoffle.vaneerdenvark - 2013-02-27 16:19

      Hey Alicia, sorry didnt know that you had it on earlier. They seem to delete anything nowadays...hope you read this before they delete it. :D

      John - 2013-02-27 16:37

      @Alicia all races are being affected by crime to just single one race is ignorant in its true sense.... until all South Africans unite and take the future in their hands this will not stop, security companies and government will continue to take advantage of everyone.....

      Tuyez - 2013-02-27 20:39

      @ john you are spot on. Just recently the hijackers killed a 30 year old black guy and a 20 year old white guy in Bloemfontein in one spot. They dont know this genocide people are talking about. People who do this are low life who has nothing to do better than their criminal activities and wasting lives of people who are working hard to support and better the lives of their families. I mean black and white people. The genocide only exist to people who just want to create hate among races. If you think about this how can the criminals discriminate only target blacks because their black. They also terrorise black and kill them as well. I think its time people unite and come up with solution how we can solve crime problem as we are affected by it - black and white. It is not helping anyone to point fingers and cook the race motivation behind crime. My advice to those who think blacks hate whites. Im telling make a black colleage your friend and visit him in a township or rural area and you will see the opposite. Forget about the Anc statements on the news. Its only said to canvass votes for those who will fall for its low statements.

  • John Turner - 2013-02-27 10:11

    LuLu will probably put the blame on the Afrikaaners instead of the scumbags who really did it. My sincere condolences to the family on this sad day.

      melt.olckers - 2013-02-27 10:34

      My condolences to the family and his congregation who has lost a husband, father and minister.

  • hanneliemaartens.weitsz - 2013-02-27 10:14

    Terribly tragic!!! Why kill him?????

  • zapadela.tistarocha - 2013-02-27 10:14


      zapadela.tistarocha - 2013-02-27 11:39

      May 2013..........

      gestoffle.vaneerdenvark - 2013-02-27 12:16

      When this twirp says condolences, he actually dont mean what he says. The devil has two faces here. This is an anc voter, who condones thieving, corruption, murder, etc and has actually voiced his support for it against whites. If you people knew what an anti-white campaigner he actually is, you would understand. Murders like sure reaping the rewards now, hey mr zapa-mandela.... what may 2013? is that how long you have to live, my biggest wish actually. please go to now, it awaits your type

      stolsie - 2013-02-28 08:37

      Afrika Burn 2013 :) Didn't get my tickets :( (May 1 - 6, Tankwa Karoo, Northern Cape, South Africa)

  • Craven Luyt - 2013-02-27 10:15

    Lulu xingwana, these inconsiderate Afrikaners again. Just getting in the way of all there gentle Africans bullets.

      Colin Shephard - 2013-02-27 10:45

      In south africa news24 will mention repeatedly if a criminal is white. It did not ergo they are african

      theandystokes - 2013-02-27 10:46

      @Sheperdorl - have you not read News24 before? If it was a white person who commited the crime then they would mention his race. If it's a black person then they never mention the race so it's safe to assume the murderers were African. It's not right but it's how the media in SA seem to work.

      jj.jeno.1 - 2013-02-27 11:09

      It's always like this in initial reports...people come out all guns blazing when the assumption is because no race was mentioned that it's a black person. IF that changes though, the response becomes muted.

      JManAtheoi - 2013-02-27 11:29

      I am white and I consider myself an African - i was born and raised here. So yes, as far as I am concerned, essentially, an African committed the murder.

      willem.dehaan.94 - 2013-02-27 15:57

      @sheperdorl: If they were white the news would has reported it so. By refraining from saying they were white it is clear that they were black.

  • burton.weakley.1 - 2013-02-27 10:15

    I think the worst part is these stories are a daily thing! I say bring back the death penalty! It might not frighten people who murder and rape that much but it will have a impact sooner rather than never. All our justice system does is release inmates back out when the prisons get too full, only to re-arrest these scumbags a few weeks later again! I hope the family can get closure, condolences to them!

      Thoko Tikinca - 2013-02-27 10:20

      sad for the family the son will never forget this condolences

      Morne Nagel - 2013-02-27 10:21

      They will never bring back death penalty because if they do they will have to kill their sons, brothers, wives and themselves.

      Tums Down - 2013-02-27 11:23

      If we did have the death penalty, there would have been no need for the TRC.We copuld have hung millions of people for complicitly effecting Genocide in the country

  • darryl.scott.77770 - 2013-02-27 10:16

    And so it continues....

  • Bullet Proof - 2013-02-27 10:17

    Mother F....ers, when this governement is going to do something about anything.

      JManAtheoi - 2013-02-27 11:31

      They are... they just spent R200 million plus (of your money) to make sure it doesn't happen to just one of them........

  • Talana Malherbe - 2013-02-27 10:21

    So sad, condolences to the family. Is this senseless killing also as a result of apartheid Zoomer? No, its because your incompetent government is not equipped to combat the crime!

      hilola.selani - 2013-02-27 11:09

      Maybe it's because of apartheid some ppl are still wounded out there but killing won't heal them.My condolences to the family

      willem.dehaan.94 - 2013-02-27 16:03

      @hilola: Sure it must be apartheid! I mean are all blacks not suffused with ubuntu? They would never hurt a fellow human being, never, it is against their "ethos"(so speaks the minister). Man oh man, when will you blacks ever grow up and take responsibility for your own deeds?

      Tuyez - 2013-02-27 20:56

      Criminal are not only targeting certain race, and we cant use apartheid and say their are wounded. They are plain criminals. These are just people who have decided that crime will pay their bills. They kill everyone and they dont care what colour you are. Obviously they will be black because black are a majority in this country and poor. You cant expect a person who earn a decent salary and who has a family to knock off at work and plan to hunt white people just because he is black and they are white. We need to come up with solution to get rid of the criminals and crime in the country.

  • Pixie86 - 2013-02-27 10:24

    i am sick of these stories! when will this end? our future children will never know what its like to feel safe and secure in their communities! crime has to stop. No More!

  • Miandra van Zyl - 2013-02-27 10:24

    My heart is crying out!! When is this all going to stop...we cant live like this anymore..

      WildCatSal - 2013-02-27 11:03

      Hey Miandra, I see N24 took off our comments from the OP memorial article from last night.. oh well. RIP Bertus and family.

      Miandra van Zyl - 2013-02-27 11:33

      Hahaha Wild Cat Im so use to them taking off my comments, specially when its come to the Oscar. Maybe his lawyer wants to sue me :P

  • PHorwood - 2013-02-27 10:24

    Ironically, if he had been able to defend himself by pumping a few rounds into the intruders while they were still coming down the driveway, he would now be alive, but guilty of murder. Instead he has lost his life and the scum get away. If you arrive at home and have strangers follow you into your driveway .... you shoot first ... empty the magazine. If you don't, you're dead.

  • Brian Adendorff - 2013-02-27 10:26

    Sad story, but the wheel turns. these criminals must burn in hell for eternity.

  • Abdul Cassiem - 2013-02-27 10:27

    Anather breadwinner taken away from his family. F....kin barstardsY kill the man just the f....kin car cowards.RIP brother

  • T-bos Man - 2013-02-27 10:27

    Guns guns guns, in Botswana only the army and police carry guns , households do not keep guns , u found with a gun you go to prison for a very long time

      stolsie - 2013-02-28 08:43

      Prison in Botswana is no joke. Here, pff - Vacation with room service and free gym

  • vandenberg.michael - 2013-02-27 10:28

    Criminals rampage our country whilst the top ANC dogs don't give a rat's arse. It would be lovely to see them being victims for a change.

  • Fudge Vr - 2013-02-27 10:28

    and the killings continue! and these crimmals never get found only a few do. and wat sentence do they get? no death penalty? why? they say its humane. and wat do you call it that these crimmals do?

  • Siphiwo Khuzwayo - 2013-02-27 10:32

    May his soul, rest in peace. It is sad, mainly infront of a young boy who will have this picture of his dad, shot and killed, for a long time. May they find closure and all citizens, be encouraged to be vigilant and oppose crime in our land.

  • zane.blignaut - 2013-02-27 10:32

    now if Oscar was there, the thieves would have been shot.... puts life in SA into perspective doesn't it

  • jmccaffs - 2013-02-27 10:33

    The new South Africa, charge Jacob Zuma and the Government

  • Anele AfricanJewel Mgobozi - 2013-02-27 10:33

    Why should this be turned into a race thing (MORNE), be it a black, white, coloured man that shot thi guy, crime affects us all. A man was brutally murdered an does it matter if the shooters were bkack or white. We have a serious crime problem in this country and its high time we stand up as a nation (not a divided nation as it seems here on news24) and say enough is enough.

      burton.weakley.1 - 2013-02-27 10:44

      Anele I agree with you! I wish everyone on here can stand together so we form a front to say enough is enough! Most of us sit and type what we have to say, most of us agree, but you are right, black, white, coloured or any race, maybe we should all just bond tohether, no matter the race, the background and show our government we are the ones who actually want to rid society of these people! If only it was as simple as standing together! People lets look past race, past backgrounds, lets stop blaming everything on apartheid, lets stop blaming the black man, the white man, the coloured man and lets focus on keeping these scumbags away from our communities. Remeber the old saying, it starts with you!

      James - 2013-02-27 11:01

      Yes, crime affects all races - but which race is committing these violent armed robberies? Please give me one example of 5 white guys storming a black man's home and murdering him for a cellphone.

      litha.zukani - 2013-02-27 11:11

      I totally agree with you Anele and Burton, and this usually start with knowing who your neighbor is, it doesn't take much, it starts with a simple "hi", in that way, it gets easier to stand and watch out for each other.

      ChiefKeef Sosa - 2013-02-27 11:46

      James hey numb , I am not fluent at speaking "idiot" but I will do my best so that you understand me!! Why you bringing race in to it? Were you also furious at the race that Killed Reeva steenkamp? the race that shot his stepson while ordering gardners to rape his wife, The race that is the sunday rapist is...Should other race stereotype the whole race because of those incidents? if your Answer is yes, you are stupid..If your answer is no you are a stupid hypocrite dont you think?? Secondly if you go to china, you will find majority of criminals are chines, if you go to india majority of criminals are indian, go to greece majority of criminals are what is common here? all those people are the majority in their countries, now who is the majority in South Africa? making sense? Lastly criminals have no colour, victims have no colour...we are all affected by crime and crime is committed by criminals from all races. I hope you learnt something today

      burton.weakley.1 - 2013-02-27 11:58

      ChiefKeef Sosa, you have a very valid point, we all fall victim to crime, whether it is driving and being hi-jacked, walking home from a bus stop or just in our houses. I think what most people tend to forget is that the crime in their area isn't the only place it's happening, whether you live in Sandton, Sea Point, Soweto or Davidsonville.

      James - 2013-02-27 12:05

      @Chiefkeef - Looks like you're not fluent in speaking English either. Let me try and explain this slowly. ALL of your examples do not involve armed robbery. Can you try and get your chestnut-sized brain around that? Compare apples with apples you fool. I said GIVE ME EXAMPLES OF GROUPS OF WHITE MALES ROBBING AND KILLING BLACK PEOPLE IN THEIR HOMES. Lastly, your logic of 'the majority of people in the country are black, that's why the majority of criminals are black' falls flat on it's face. If that's the case, then why, again, can't you give me an example (at least there should be a few by your logic) of groups of white guys killing black people in their homes, or murdering and torturing farmers for that matter? You can't, because if you do some research you'll see that PER CAPITA, black people commit far more crime than white people.

      ChiefKeef Sosa - 2013-02-27 12:12

      @burton.weakley.1 True that!! people must come up with the solution instead of trying to find a solution. Creating racial tension won't solve anything. If ANC supporters can go protest at courtcases for ANC officials, why cant we as citizens(No political parties) do a nationwide peaceful protest and go to Government offices and express our concern...only people who claim are not affected by crime, corruption, service delivery etc cannot join. Moaning behind our keyboards all day on news24 will never solve anything.

      Anele AfricanJewel Mgobozi - 2013-02-27 12:20

      @ James news24 needs to have a filter for stupid people in order for us to not be victimised by they idiotic foolishness and pathetic comments. @ everyone else I think we can proudly call ourselves the future generation of South Africa. That is the generation that sees beyond race. How are we helping if with every incident we go andpull the race card etc.

      ChiefKeef Sosa - 2013-02-27 12:38

      @James - Usually I do not entertain stupidity but just to give you the answer you are looking for... Johan Nel, Waterkloof 4...happy?

      burton.weakley.1 - 2013-02-27 12:51

      @ChiefKeef Sosa, I agree. I know I am just as guilty of typing up and not doing. Maybe that's the solution. A protest action without rioting, killing, shooting, or going on like idiots! March for the freedom of South Africa. Standing as one can fix a million problems, protesting over just one does nothing! Let's stand up for women and children, for innocent victims of crime, for service delivery, for better jobs, for a united country regardless of colour! I don't care if you are white, black or coloured!! We are the same! Does class make us different? To some yes, not to me! My co-workers are fantastic, they aren't of one race! We are a mixed race office! No quota system, just hard working people who want the same thing! A house and food on the table! Our problem is that we want more! That comes from our government who live expansive lives! Let's take the shutters off people!!!! Let's work as one to change this country!!!

  • David Appleby - 2013-02-27 10:34

    And what will these murderers get 20 years if we are lucky they should get the death sentence it will never end without implementation of the harshest punishment available

      tersia.louw.12 - 2013-02-27 11:03

      Punctuation is your friend, DAppleby.

      jj.jeno.1 - 2013-02-27 11:46

      And your only friend, Tersia.

  • John Smith - 2013-02-27 10:36

    This is why all of us must be vigilant and aware that it only takes a second of complacency to land up injured or dead. Evil only persists when GOOD men do nothing.

  • carol.olivierbrandt - 2013-02-27 10:38

    Not robbers....Murderers!!

  • Rouen Heiberg - 2013-02-27 10:39

    So he didn't resist but still got shot. So where is GFSA now? Why so quiet? Oh right it doesn't fit your grand plan. RIP Sir.

  • David Appleby - 2013-02-27 10:39

    Why can we not have a referendum on the death penalty all races, and creeds should be able to vote to have the death penalty reinstated or not as it affects us all as well as the effect these violent crimes have on our country

  • cindy.b.patrick - 2013-02-27 10:40


  • marilyn.docherty.9 - 2013-02-27 10:44

    Absolutely horrendous - what a terrible tragedy.

  • fabulousBiggy - 2013-02-27 10:49

    When will the violence end. Condolences to the family.

  • michael.kleber.376 - 2013-02-27 10:53

    Mr Zuma instead of spending millions on your residence , ministers homes , offices , travel , cars , corruption , the list is endless spend more money on the SAPS on training , equipment etc

      Ntsika Nkabinde - 2013-02-27 11:52

      unfortunately that will be reactive approach, all we need here is a death sentence, people will think twice before commiting crime, there are lot of social ills in south africa, morality is on down slope decline, we need harsh consiquences of crime, because people are behaiving far worst than animals in the jungle on top of everything Jesus Christ is the way

  • WildCatSal - 2013-02-27 10:58

    When DOES all this END..? RIP Bertus and heartfelt condolences to the family and friends..

  • john.tex.395 - 2013-02-27 11:04

    This is terrorist in full operation It happened in Angola ,,Mozambique ,Rhodesia now South Africa it's not crime it's TERRORISM .....

  • gavinalford - 2013-02-27 11:05

    So flipping sad. Condolences and strength to the family.

  • kyri.demetriades.5 - 2013-02-27 11:05

    Now is the time for "Cry our Beloved Country Part 2 "

  • Robert Frankol - 2013-02-27 11:07

    Time to take the law into our own hands. Show no mercy.

      Khethu Ndlovu - 2013-02-27 20:31

      Show no mercy hiding behind your mother's laptop? Great stuff!

  • David Becker - 2013-02-27 11:10

    If I were his son I would go after them and shoot the bastards in the head, and to hell with the consequences! This has to stop! My garage has been broken into twice in as many weeks, had to update security. Why? If I catch an intruder in my house or my garage, he dies and disappears. I'm sick and tired of criminals trying to steal what I've worked for!

      Ntsika Nkabinde - 2013-02-27 11:55

      i feel for you man, i emplyed a guy and he went and commit crime with my truck, the bstard then ran away is no where to found and im left with all thise problems, death penalty is the key

  • Manuel Paulo Quintino - 2013-02-27 11:19

    Hate crimes. Racist and brutal murders happening to white South Africans in their homes on regular basis. White genocide. Simple as that. World needs to know!

      Jub Guy - 2013-02-27 11:34

      go to europe nobody is forcing you to stay in south africa

      JManAtheoi - 2013-02-27 11:35

      ..and do what?

      Kevin Baker - 2013-02-27 11:46

      i agree Manuel, this is orchestrated brutal violence against white's . I wonder who is behind this particularly the brutal farm killings. Pensioners are raped and tortured, kids are tortured and murdered. These brutal buggers are being led by some group and are the cANCer of society. I wonder when and if the world will take note of a different kind of genocide

      Manuel Paulo Quintino - 2013-02-27 11:48

      To all the ignorant sheep who think they know it all, answer this...

  • paul.classens - 2013-02-27 11:25

    And the governemnt wants to consider removing firearm licenses from civilians if I have my facts straight... Well they aint removing mine as long as we are at risk of such attacks in our country sorry to say,gun crime isnt unique to SA however what appears to be unique is that criminals are usually better armed and have more rights than citezens and even the police... I wonder if we can expect another ridiculous "pro life" for criminals statement from Gun Free South Africa again... Condolences to the family and I really hope the police are able to bring the criminals responsible to justice.

  • Yolandie Du Preez Fourie - 2013-02-27 11:27

    Die wat moord pleeg net vir aardse goed moet onthou... N oog vir oog n tand vir n tand!

      Dewaldt du Plessis - 2013-02-27 19:08

      Yolandie 'hulle' gaan nie om te steel omdat hulle honger is nie hulle gaan om te moor en te verkrag dit is al wat die goed doen. N mens moet die Neandrethal uit hulle bliksem!

  • Susan Sandrien Loots Coetzee - 2013-02-27 11:27

    This is so sad and it is happening every day. People are becoming scared. I am a white African woman staying on a farm, and the violence in this coutry is getting way out of hand. something drasticly need to be done!!

  • the.inspiring.1 - 2013-02-27 11:29

    WTF,This country is a sinking ship,esp when i read stories like this.very disturbing!!

  • John - 2013-02-27 11:31

    Seems that these days "robbers" are getting worse at robbing and better at killing...

  • comanguy - 2013-02-27 11:32

    these thing have no consideration for anybody not even there own kind shot dead for a laptop and some keys. animals

  • Bruce Gauld - 2013-02-27 11:37

    They were black cowards no doubt! On my way to WORK in Durban this morning and four of this nation of cowardly theives tried to stab me and mug me. I fought for my life and belongings throwing them into each other and into the on coming traffic, I fell over one of them that I had throwin earlier and the guy with the knife came to stab me but I kicked at him and he couldn't get close enough. By then the others were already running away and so did he. I'm sick of this country. Theives run the country and their theiving brothers are protected by their pathetic laws. Leave white people alone, you do NOT want to activate a consciousness between us. For when we are united there is nothing we can't accomplish!!!!!!! RIP sir

      jj.jeno.1 - 2013-02-27 11:41

      I'm sorry you were nearly robbed, no one deserves that. BUT I think the emotion is still too fresh and you're laying the blame on an entire race. I think your anger at blacks is misplaced. We don't want a race war, we want a solution for our countries problems.

      Tiaan Liebenberg - 2013-02-27 11:47

      @jj_d - who appointed you as the national conscience? Grow some backbone, drop the pseudonym, and then we can maybe take you seriously. Blacks kill whites, that is presently the rule of the land. Do whites go to black houses to rob and kill?

      Nomakhosazana Sbewu Xaso - 2013-02-27 11:58

      Tiaan, U're a sad individual! I could say a lot more about you and your likes. As for your Bruce, get help and get it fast before your anger turns to rage!!!

      Dewaldt du Plessis - 2013-02-27 19:04

      Hier moet n burgeroorlog kom ons het dit broodnodig. Dan kan swart en wit finaal al hulle haat en issues op mekaar uithaal. En die van die handjie vol mense wat na die oorlog oorbly kan besluit of hulle in vrede saam wil lewe of mekaar verder uitwis. Maklik soos dit.

  • Anton - 2013-02-27 11:39

    Now we must 1st ask why do you want my car and why are you on my premises, can i offer you bread and colddrinks before you shoot me. F&%K that. We as law abiding citizens must stand up against this government

  • tandi.assad - 2013-02-27 11:40

    Oooh Siphiwo, a little defensive there are we not? I agree, did not see anything about race till YOU brought it up. Grow up. Idiot. We seem to living in a country spiralling into a sesspool of vicious savages. People are bring killed daily for nothing more than keys, or cellphones. Where is the humanity? We try so hard to 'Lead SA', be positive, make changes and be proud and move on. Our country is out of control. So sad for us all and so sad for this family.

  • Ntsika Nkabinde - 2013-02-27 11:40

    this is what happens if you dont have death penalty in the country, it becomes easy to kill someone and just be innocent until proven guilty WTF!!!!is wrng with people we need death penalty now a reverend has just lost his life because of the hijackers wanna bes

  • Pete7930 - 2013-02-27 11:45

    Own a gun, use a gun. Casualties will happen but criminals must die!

  • Mari Theologo - 2013-02-27 11:46

    Condolences to the family!!! Some of these comments is enough to make a good South African sick to the stomach!!

      Desi Moodley - 2013-02-27 12:56

      i agree maam

  • nthabiseng.magatikele - 2013-02-27 11:47

    Our country has turned into hell,do these empty heads have conscience?we are no longer safe in our own homes.we can't blame their cannibalism on apartheid.this blame game nonsense should come to an end,finish en klaar!

      Anton - 2013-02-27 11:49

      nthabiseng for president

      Ernst Visagie - 2013-02-27 12:01

      Wish everybody could have the same vision like you