Mrs Venessa Stafleu, 34, wife of dairy farmer Willem Stafleu, was shot dead in a farm attack near Randfontein in a motiveless murder: nothing was robbed. Her husband was at the neighbouring dairy farm at the milking sheds when she was murdered on Monday 30 April. Two shots reportedly were fired.After their mom was shot dead, the five-year-old son and three-year-old little sister ran down the dirt road in the dark to try and find help. Beeld newspaper reports that the children saw their mom shot dead in front of their eyes. The husband, Willem, was with her brother Corrie Nel and her father Corne Nel at the milking sheds. Mr Nel senior and his wife Chrissie run the RUSCO-dairy at Doornfontein farm holdings near Randfontein. SAPS captain Appel Ernst said when Mr Willem Stafleu returned to his homestead he found his small children running in the road. "When he picked them up he immediately knew something was wrong at the house. He rushed home with the children and found his wife's body in the corridor of the homestead, inside. The motive for the murder is unknown (nothing apparently robbed). According to an automatic warning on the SBS-security system, which alerted the farming community linked to the Conserv-security system, there had been 'money and guns stolen from the Stafleu farm house. However Captain Ernst was unable to 'confirm the precise nature of the items until the police investigation has been completed. When Beeld newspaper went to the Rusco dairy farm the next day, the SAPS was searching in the fields next to both sides of the R41 road looking for traces of the attackers.
The K-9 unit also was alerted the previous night to search for tracks but the search was called off because it was dark.
Some 13 months earlier, Koos van Rooyen, a maize-farmer of nearby Witfontein 5km away, was also murdered. His killers – Johannes Jabavu (22) and Johnny Mnisi (19) – admitted guilt to this murder in court the previous Wednesday April 26 2012. Jabavu was sentenced to 25 years prison and Mnisi for 15 years.
The local Democratic-Alliance MP Thomas Walters slammed the murder as 'senseless' and expressed his condolances to the family. "There is a lack of protection for farmers. The DA once again calls on the government to protect this critically-important sector and all its people, he said. A DA-delegation visited the family on April 2 May 2012.