She is wanted by the Mooinooi police for assistance in the case. The families of the two murdered women, Anisha (30) and Joey (32) van Niekerk, are offering a R5 000 reward for information that will lead to finding Van Rooi.
Police spokesperson, Warrant Officer Mpeile Talane confirmed that the police are looking for Van Rooi as she can possibly assist them with information regarding the case.
Van Rooi is reported to be the wife of the 53-year-old Koos Strydom. 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.
The seven suspects, accused of murdering the two women, will appear in the Brits Court again on Monday for formal bail application. The police are still awaiting DNA results to establish if the burnt human bones found, are those of the two women.
The two women, who went missing from their home in Mooinooi on 10 December, were allegedly raped and tortured before they were shot and their bodies burned, Anisha’s brother, Wynand van Niekerk told the Kormorant. “The police had informed us and we think it is in the public’s interest to know,” he said.
Six men and a woman have been arrested since the women’s disappearance and appeared in the Brits Magistrate’s Court last Friday and on Wednesday. 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.
According to Anisha’s brother 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.
On the day the two women disappeared, Anisha and Joey 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. Their burnt-out Nissan X-trail was found on a road close to Magaliesburg a few days later and burnt human bones, suspected to be the remains of the women, were found in the Mooinooi area two weeks ago.