A man who attended high school with murder accused Kyle Ruiters, says he’s in a state of shock following Kyle’s arrest
“What makes it so hectic is that that’s not the kind of guy we got to know at school,” the former classmate says.
“He was just a regular teenage boy in a boys’ school. Always friendly, always smiling. That’s what makes this so upsetting.”
The young man, who’s speaking to YOU on condition of anonymity, says the two of them met in Grade 9 at Wynberg Boys’ High School, one of Cape Town’s most prestigious schools.
Kyle (24) was arrested on Thursday 22 August after he was found in 31-year-old Lynette Volschenk’s blood-smeared flat on the 10th floor of the Seesig block in Loevenstein, Bellville, near Cape Town.
Lynette’s hacked-up body parts were allegedly found in refuse bags in both her flat and his – Kyle lived on the ninth floor of the same block of flats.
He’d apparently been painting over the blood on the walls of Lynette’s apartment when her colleagues came looking for her. The murder accused had reportedly used a metal saw and a knife to hack Lynette’s body apart.
Police wouldn’t divulge specifics of the case but police spokesman Noloyiso Rwexana confirmed that body parts had been found in several black refuse bags in a flat in the building.
Lynette, originally from the small West Coast town of Velddrift, had worked as a draughtsman at an engineering firm in Belville.
According to the friend who spoke to YOU, Kyle hadn’t been hugely popular at school. He says Kyle wasn’t academically strong and had been held back a year, but it didn’t look as if it bothered him. “He just got on with it.
“At Wynberg [Boys’ High], you usually become friends with the guys in your sports team. At that stage, Kyle wasn’t into sports at school. You’d usually just see him with one or two guys.”
But Kyle was a good ice-hockey player. In the Wynberg Boys’ school magazine of 2016, a paragraph under that year’s sporting highlights is about Kyle being selected for the Western Cape U20 provincial ice-hockey team.
The friend says everyone knew Kyle had been adopted but that he hadn’t been embarrassed about it. Kyle’s aunt, Advocate Theresa Ruiters, adopted him as a youngster.
On Monday 3 September Theresa was present in the Belville magistrate’s court for Kyle’s second court appearance. The case has been postponed for further investigation until 21 November.
After court proceedings a group of supporters hugged her, then formed a barrier around her to protect her from the media as she left the court.
On Thursday (today), Lynette’s brother-in-law Francois le Roux, took to Facebook asking the media and anyone unknown to the family and Lynette to respect the family’s privacy and not try to attend the funeral, which will take place this coming Saturday in Parow, Cape Town.
“This funeral will be an extremely private affair. No media or anyone we don’t know as a family will be allowed inside . . . Please respect us as we mourn a wonderful woman.”
On Tuesday, he shared the last picture he ever took of Lynette – during a family holiday – with the caption: “I remember the cold mountain air, the flames of the warm fire, the sound of the river slowly flowing downstream and your smile . . . a perfect evening . . .
“Four days later you were taken away from us. If I knew this would be the last photo I’d take of you, I would’ve done a bit more. Love you, sis.”
ADDITIONAL SOURCE: Facebook