Author's murder-accused described as a local hero

2016-05-24 13:04
Nigel Plaatjies being led to a police car (Tammy Petersen, News24)

Nigel Plaatjies being led to a police car (Tammy Petersen, News24)

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Cape Town - Loved ones applauded as murder accused Nigel Plaatjies, 18, made his way out of the Wellington Magistrate's Court on Tuesday. They were however not so appreciative of the youngster's uncle.

"Ons is lief vir jou! Ons staan agter jou, Nigel [We love you! We stand behind you, Nigel]," locals screamed as he was taken to a police vehicle following a brief appearance in the Wellington Magistrate's Court on Tuesday for the murder of author Winnie Rust.

Some were in tears as he walked out with a jacket covering his face.

The teen is a star athlete, whom residents described as a local hero.

From inside the holding cells, the teen's uncle and co-accused Johannes Plaatjies, 34, shouted obscenities at the crowd.

"Hou jy jou bek, Johannes! Jy hoort nie eers in Wellington nie! [Shut up, Johannes! You do not even belong in Wellington!]" the crowd responded.

Bound feet

Court goers said they believed Johannes was behind the murder, and that Nigel, whom they described as a mild-mannered young man, would never be involved in such a crime.

Magistrate Brenda Mpako postponed the matter to allow Johannes to appoint a legal aid lawyer.

Rust, 77, was found dead in her home in Third Avenue, Uitsig on May 11, 2016.

Her husband, Dr Manie Rust, 87, woke up from the sound of the bell at the gate around 15:30.

When he got up to see who was at the gate, he found his wife dead on the kitchen floor. She had injuries to her face and her hands and feet were bound.

(Candice Paulsen, Supplied)

(Candice Paulsen, Supplied)

Read more on:    winnie rust  |  nigel plaatjies  |  cape town  |  crime

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