Murdered Vryheid farmer was a respected man - friend

2016-04-21 13:27
Billy van Rooyen (Facebook, via Netwerk24)

Billy van Rooyen (Facebook, via Netwerk24)

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Vryheid – Billy van Rooyen, one of two people murdered on a Vryheid farm, was an enthusiastic man who had a lot of respect for everyone.

- Read more: Police probe double murder on KZN farm

Speaking to News24, neighbour and close friend, Braam van Niekerk, said Billy was someone who knew how to work with people and treated everyone as equals.

“Billy was an enthusiastic and motivated man who didn’t care what your background was,” Van Niekerk said.

“He never decided how he was going to treat people based on the amount of money they had or what their skin colour was. He treated everyone with respect and was respected in the remote areas because he didn’t treat people differently.”

Van Niekerk said that on the evening of the attacks he received a message about the incident and forwarded it to all of the neighbourhood watch groups before heading to the farm to check on the family.

“I went to the house to support the family members that survived the attack while other members of the community searched the area for the suspects.”

Van Niekerk said that the family is extremely traumatised and struggling with what happened.

Billy and his father-in-law, Ronnie Lombard, were shot by a group of armed men carrying AK47’s on Tuesday. The men reportedly wanted money.

Van Rooyen reportedly died on the way to the hospital and Lombard succumbed to his injuries early on Wednesday morning.

It was understood that more than 50 spent bullet casings were recovered at the scene.

Police spokesperson, Major Thulani Zwane, on Wednesday told News24 that six suspects were taken in for questioning, but were released on the basis that no evidence were found against them.

Read more on:    pietermaritzburg  |  crime  |  farm attacks

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