Many questions, few answers


It has been almost six years since beautiful, intelligent Inge Lotz (22) was murdered in her Stellenbosch flat.

Now her death is in the spotlight again because her boyfriend, Fred van der Vyver (28), is back at the High Court in Cape Town.

He was charged with Inge’s murder but acquitted and he’s suing the police for R46 million for malicious prosecution.

But the big question remains: who killed Inge?

Private investigators hired by both families at the time said from the start there was no evidence against Fred.

And they now say many leads are still open for investigation.

They want to investigate one person in particular, even if only to eliminate him as a possible suspect.

He’s an older man known to Inge’s family whose explanation of where he was on the day of the murder turned out to be false.

But cops failed to determine whether available evidence such as pubic hair, semen or fingerprints belonged to him.

Soon after the murder there were rumours Inge had been molested and was on the verge of going public with the accusation.

Whether police followed this up is unclear and the private investigators struggled to gather evidence.

They also say police bungled their questioning of a man who implicated himself in the crime and was later jailed for car theft.

And what is the meaning of the SMSes Inge’s mother, Juanita, received over months from Carl Grigor of Tarkastad, in the region where Fred’s family lives? They hint at a murderer close to the Lotz family.

One SMS read, ‘‘You know and I know what happened on 16/03/05.’’

Another said, ‘‘You know who killed your daughter. You know, I know, everyone knows.’’

Will the truth ever be revealed?

Read more about it in YOU, 25 November 2010.

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