The other five accused, the so-called mastermind Koos Strydom (52), his wife Mercia (22), Alex Modau (36) and two Mozambican brothers (18 and 23) appeared in court again. They face charges of murder, kidnapping, robbery with aggravated circumstances, theft and possession of an illegal firearm. The two brothers are also accused of raping the two women.
Charges were withdrawn against Strydom’s son Vincent (29), his former girlfriend Maroecka Opperman (19) and Moses Rakubu (33) two weeks ago.
Brits police spokesperson Sergeant Tumelo Menyatso said the investigation has been completed and all five accused’s DNA can be linked to the murder scene.
Strydom’s wife Mercia, who is currently out on bail, has in the mean time obtained the services of her own lawyer. Strydom’s lawyer, Adrian Nel, objected when state prosecutor Christine Molautsi requested a postponement for a trial date, arguing unnecessary delay. Moloutsi told the court that “Mr Nel is not here with clean hands regarding delays. He is a potential witness and the police have asked him for a statement which he has not given yet.”
The state argues that Strydom wanted to force Anisha to sign a contract, selling the property to him. According to the indictment, Strydom’s intentions were to murder both victims after the contract was signed. The other accused were approached to help.
Magistrate Reagen Rosenberg postponed the case to 27 September.
* Anisha (30) and Joey (32) van Niekerk, went missing from their Mooinooi farm on 10 December 2017. 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. Their burnt vehicle was discovered near Magaliesburg a few days later. Their bank cards were used for purchases in the days following their disappearance.
The eight accused people were arrested in the course of the next month. It is alleged that the two women had been assaulted, hanged by their hands, raped and tortured before they were shot and their bodies burned. Anisha’s burnt remains were later discovered on Strydom’s farm but Joey’s have not been found.