NATIONAL NEWS - Anisha (30) and Joey (32) van Niekerk, the two women who went missing from Mooinooi on 10 December, had been hanged by their hands, raped and tortured before they were shot and their bodies burned, Anisha’s brother, Wynand van Niekerk said.
“The police had informed us and we think it is in the public’s interest to know,” he said.
Burnt human bones were found close to the R104 near Mooinooi last Tuesday and have been sent for forensic tests to determine if it is the remains of Anisha and Joey. In the mean time more human bones were found in the area.
Six men and a woman have been arrested and have appeared in the Brits Magistrate’s Court last Friday. Aaron Sithole (23), Alex Mudau (36), Moses Rakubu (33), Koos Strydom (53), Vincent Strydom (29), Maruschka Opperman (18) and Jack Mokotedi (18) appeared in court on charges of murder, kidnapping, robbery, rape, the illegal possession of a firearm and obstruction of justice.
Koos Strydom, a panelbeater, had a workshop on the two women’s property and allegedly wanted to buy the property. His son Vincent and his girlfriend Maruschka, are also suspects in the case.
According to Wynand the panelbeater wanted to buy the women’s smallholding but Anisha did not want to sell. The day after Anisha and Joey disappeared, the panelbeater allegedly told him that the transaction had been completed and that he had paid with a bag of money.