Grisly end to a love triangle


Estie Pienaar, the victim’s wife, and Nicky Rossouw, owner of Nina Fishing Camp, are now behind bars in Zambia. Mulumbwa Nyambe, who works for Nicky, has also been arrested in connection with Marius’ death.

Exhaustion and uncertainty have left deep lines on her face and her eyes are bloodshot. Her auburn hair is pulled into a tight ponytail and she’s not wearing any make-up.

It’s hard to believe this terrified and seemingly defenceless woman stands accused of brutally murdering her husband with the help of two accomplices – then tossing his body to crocodiles in the Zambezi River.

“They’re treating me okay and I get food. But it’s very bad in this place,” Estie Pienaar (33) says.

She’s referring to Sesheke Prison, 200 km west of Livingstone in Zambia.

She’s been in custody here since the body of her husband, Marius Pienaar (50), was found on 30 June. An autopsy revealed he’d been hit over the head and his throat had been slit before he was thrown into the water.

She keeps shaking her head as I try to probe events and ask her about claims that she and her late husband’s friend Nicky Rossouw (58) are in a relationship.

“I’ve just lost my husband,” she keeps repeating. “God knows what really happened . . . The truth will come out.”

YOU’s Gloria Edwards travelled to Zambia to interview Estie and Nicky. Read more in YOU 26 July 2012.

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