Suspect in Zarah Hector murder case facing other charges

2016-04-06 12:07
Ronaldo van Rooyen, 34, and Tafiq Ibrahim, 26. (Tammy Petersen, News24)

Ronaldo van Rooyen, 34, and Tafiq Ibrahim, 26. (Tammy Petersen, News24)

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Cape Town - The State will be opposing bail for the two men accused of murdering Kuils River mother Zarah-Jane Hector, who was found dead nine days after being reported missing last month.

Ronaldo van Rooyen, 34, and Tafiq Ibrahim, 26, appeared in the Blue Down Magistrate’s Court on Wednesday on charges of murder, vehicle robbery and defeating the ends of justice. 

Van Rooyen and Ibrahim were arrested shortly after Hector's body was discovered.

While the two appear to have no previous convictions, the State revealed that Van Rooyen has since been charged with an unrelated armed robbery, allegedly committed with a separate accomplice.

Family and friends of Hector, wearing pink T-shirts, called for justice for the 33-year-old mother of two, and held placards reading "No mercy for the merciless" and "No bail, stay in jail".

Dozens stood outside the courtroom ahead of the appearance of the duo accused of killing Hector two weeks ago.

She disappeared on March 15 after she left the Oostenberg Lodge in Kuils River where she worked.

The BMW Z3 she was driving was later found in Observatory and her body was discovered on a farm in Groot Drakenstein, nine days after her disappearance.

The suspects will return to the dock on April 21 for a formal bail application.

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