“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.
Joey and Anisha disappeared on 10 December from their home in Mooinooi. They were supposed to travel to Pretoria to finalise arrangements for the funeral of Joey’s father.They never reached their destination and when family members could not reach them, they went to their home where they discovered the two women’s house keys, cellphones and handbag still in the house.
“We don’t know if they were kidnapped or lured from the house,” Wynand said.
The women’s bank cards were used later the day at various places.Their burnt-out Nissan X-trail was found on a road close to Magaliesburg a few days later.
Police spokesperson, Warrant Officer Mpeile Talane said he could not confirm what Van Niekerk told the Kormorant as the police are still waiting for the results of forensic tests to identify the burnt human bones found near Mooinooi.
The seven accused will appear in the Brits Court again on Wednesday, 10 January for formal bail application.
“We cannot say anything further as we are awaiting the results and are following more leads in the investigation,” Talane said.