Hotel owner found stabbed to death in his swimming pool

accreditation
0:00
play article
Subscribers can listen to this article
Leon and his wife Suretha Brits. (Supplied to Netwerk24)
Leon and his wife Suretha Brits. (Supplied to Netwerk24)
  • A Northern Cape businessman was found stabbed to death at his home on Wednesday morning.
  • The hotelier had reportedly complained about labour issues at his hotel.
  • The police are following up on leads in the case.

The police in Pofadder, a small town in the Northern Cape, are on the hunt for suspects following the discovery of a 40-year-old businessman's body in his swimming pool. 

According to police spokesperson Brigadier Mohale Ramatseba, his body was found at around 11:45 on Wednesday.

Ramatseba said the deceased was found with several stab wounds to the chest. 

"Although information is still sketchy at this stage, it is alleged that some valuable items were allegedly taken from the house."

The man was identified as Leon Brits, the owner of the Pofadder Hotel, in a Netwerk24 report.

It reported Brits apparently told his brother this week that some staff members were stealing from the hotel kitchen.

A family friend told the publication it looked as though he was strangled with a dog chain and dragged to the pool.

Northern Cape FF Plus leader Wynand Boshoff said the murder had shocked the mostly peaceful region.

In general, the carefree nature of the environment and the friendliness of the people are its strongest assets. Time will tell whether this incident brought a permanent end to it.

He called on residents to keep calm as it was still not yet clear what had transpired.

"With the rising temperature following brutal killings, South Africa is currently experiencing an explosive situation," Boshoff said.

He added while the onslaught on the safety of ordinary citizens should stop, people should also act responsibly and have good judgement.

Ramatseba said no arrests had been made yet and anyone with information that might assist the investigation should contact their nearest police station. 

We live in a world where facts and fiction get blurred
In times of uncertainty you need journalism you can trust. For 14 free days, you can have access to a world of in-depth analyses, investigative journalism, top opinions and a range of features. Journalism strengthens democracy. Invest in the future today. Thereafter you will be billed R75 per month. You can cancel anytime and if you cancel within 14 days you won't be billed. 
Subscribe to News24
Voting Booth
Gauteng DA leader Solly Msimanga says the party's voters want it to explore conditional coalition talks with the ANC. 
Please select an option Oops! Something went wrong, please try again later.
Results
It's a step in the right direction. An ANC-DA coalition would be the most stable option for SA
32% - 3885 votes
The DA should focus on working with all opposition parties, including the EFF, to unseat the ANC
15% - 1740 votes
The DA should rather remain in opposition than form a coalition with the ANC or the EFF
53% - 6333 votes
Vote
Rand - Dollar
17.09
+0.8%
Rand - Pound
20.69
+0.4%
Rand - Euro
17.85
+0.4%
Rand - Aus dollar
11.66
+0.3%
Rand - Yen
0.13
-0.4%
Gold
1,783.32
+0.8%
Silver
22.35
+0.7%
Palladium
1,917.01
+1.6%
Platinum
1,044.50
+0.7%
Brent Crude
86.97
+3.1%
Top 40
68,564
0.0%
All Share
74,828
0.0%
Resource 10
73,434
0.0%
Industrial 25
90,489
0.0%
Financial 15
16,396
0.0%
All JSE data delayed by at least 15 minutes Iress logo
Editorial feedback and complaints

Contact the public editor with feedback for our journalists, complaints, queries or suggestions about articles on News24.

LEARN MORE