Villiersdorp man 7th elderly white person murdered in a week in SA

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Villiersdorp man 7th elderly white person murdered in a week in SA. Photo: Pixabay
Villiersdorp man 7th elderly white person murdered in a week in SA. Photo: Pixabay

We are counting Corona virus cases but who are counting the elderly being murdered? Another elderly man has been murdered. this time in Villiersdorp in the Western Cape. This brings to seven the number of elderly white people murdered in just over a week. Mr Casper Steenkamp (87), a retired teacher who obtained a doctor’s degree in education, was found murdered on Saturday evening 21 March 2020, on the back porch of his neighbor’s home.             
The suspicion is that he heard a noise in his neighbor’s house in the evening and was murdered by house breakers.                     
He was found by two care givers who look after Mr Steenkamp’s wife Bessie (86) who has dementia. Mr Steenkamp gave the care givers off for the afternoon but they had to be back for the night shift.         

When they arrived home they could not find Mr Steenkamp and looked for him. They eventually found his body on the neighbor’s back porch and called the Police. Mr Steenkamp’s neighbor also confirmed his house was broken into and some items stolen.                                           

The other murders reported in the last week are:                           

Koos Dreyer (76) was found murdered in his house, corner of Tambotie and Ockert street, Groblersdal on Friday night 20 March at around 23:00. His body was found in the bathroom and there were signs of a violent struggle in the TV room, bathroom and garage. The motive for the murder is unknown at the moment and Police were on the scene and investigating. A Police spokesman confirmed Mr Dreyer had several wounds to his body.
                     
Alwyn van Zyl (79), whose family has farmed on the family farm at Bad se Loop, between Nylstroom and Naboomspruit for generations, was murdered by farm attackers who tied his hands and feet and then strangled him on his bed on Thursday night 19 March 2020. His wife was tied up and assaulted in another room during the attack.

Charles Hart (75) was found beaten to death in his farm house in the Henderson area, Toise, between Cathcart and Stutterheim, EC on Sunday 15 March 2020.                                       

Colin Leslie Britz (65) was shot and killed by farm attackers in his farm house in the Elandskraal area, Dundee, KZN on Monday 16 March, 2020.           

Neels Combrink (60) was attacked on his farm at Niekerkshoop, Northern Cape on Wednesday 18 March, 2020 and tortured when he was burned with a hot clothes iron on his stomach.                                 

The bodies of a retired church minister and his wife, Dominee Hannes Beukes (70) and Ibel Beukes (67), were discovered locked in the boot of their car, which was found in a field near the Bethal dam. A passing motor cyclist discovered the vehicle late in the afternoon and alerted Police. A spokesman for the Police said the couple left their house to drop their domestic worker off at Emzinoni which is a small township outside of Bethal.

They were never seen alive again and their bodies had visible and serious injuries. At this stage there are no leads as to any suspects.

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