He wouldn't do this - loved ones on author's murder-accused

2016-05-24 11:58
Nigel Plaatjies being led to the car outside the Wellington Magistrate's Court (Tammy Petersen, News24)

Nigel Plaatjies being led to the car outside the Wellington Magistrate's Court (Tammy Petersen, News24)

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Cape Town - Locals packed the Wellington Magistrate's Court where two men accused of murdering author Winnie Rust appeared to make a formal bail application on Tuesday.

Nigel Plaatjies, 18, and his uncle Johannes Plaatjies, 34, are accused of killing the 77-year-old in her Third Avenue, Uitsig home two weeks ago.

The teen, a star athlete who matriculated last year, was financially supported by Rust.

"Ons is hier vir Nigel. Ons weet hy sal nie so iets aan daai vrou doen nie. [We are here for Nigel. We know he wouldn't do something like this to that woman]," court goers and loved ones said before proceedings.

"Hy is 'n ordentlike seun. Die waarheid sal uit. [He is a polite boy. The truth will come out.]"

No one, however, had anything to say about Johannes, who according to a police officer was a "known face" at the local court.

"Ons ken al vir hom [We know all about him]," one officer said.

Emotional family members

The matter was postponed to June 7 to allow Johannes to appoint a legal aid lawyer.

Emotional family members filed out of the courtroom following the two accused's brief appearance.

The author's husband, Dr Manie Rust, 87, woke up from the sound of the bell at the gate around 15:30 on the day of the murder.

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.

The Dutch Reformed Church in Wellington was packed for the funeral of the respected local last Thursday.

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