Afrikaner Baby Ruaan Botes, 5 months; and his caregiver Margrietha de Goede were murdered at Delmas daycare centre. The Botes family has hired a well-known private investigator to track down the baby's murderer. The SAPS and the detective Bolhuis are working together to find the two black male suspects.
VIDEO OF PROTESTORS OUTSIDE DELMAS LAW COURT ON MAY 31 2012 AT FIRST REMAND APPEARANCE OF TWO SUSPECTED BLACK MALES (PICS ATTACHED) http://youtu.be/4GmpP982xE0
The police mounted a massive manhunt and carried out extensive forensic examinations at the scene and caught two suspects within a few days. They were remanded in Delmas magistrate's court on May3 1 2012 - Afrikaners protested against giving them any bail and burned the South African flag 'because it does not give Afrikaners any protection under this government', they said. (video and pics)
2012-05-23 19:04 Journalist Wallace Du Plessis, News24's first report just after murder:
Caregiver Mrs de Goede, and the 5-month-old baby boy were found murdered in Delmas, in Mpumalanga, police said on Wednesday.
Earlier in the day, the mother of the murdered baby had phoned Margrietha de Goede, the caregiver, a few times to check on her child who was sick, but there was no answer. The mother phoned the local neighbourhood watch who went to the house of the day-mother. They became concerned when they heard a child crying.
The neighbourhoodwatch-volunteers broke a window to gain entry to the house where they found an unharmed 18-month child who was crying. They called police when De Goede and the other baby she was caring for, Ruaan Botes, could not be found.
Police arrived and made the discovery of the murdered little baby 's body underneath a bed, a police spokesman said.
After a search Mrs De Goede, 66, was later found dead, hidden beneath a mat in a garden shed outside.
Police forensics officials were on the scene until after 18:00.
AFRIKAANS COMMUNITY SHAKEN:
Dutch Reformed reverend Gawie Snyman of the Delmas-West congregation - where the Botes and De Goede families attend church - said the murders have shaken the community. "It's a small village and we are a close-knit community. People know each other well and this double-murder is a gruesome event for us. There are many unanswered questions about the motives for the double-murders. The community is seeking for answers and we have to KNOW who did this evil act.'
Mrs De Goede's two daughters Dina White and Maretha Gunther rushed from Marble Hall and Warmbaths ('Bela-Bela') when they heard that the police at that stage were still searching for their murder after the baby was found strangled to death. Mrs White's colleague Cobus Roos who brought her to Delmas said just as they were approaching Bronkhorstspruit, she received the call that her mother was murdered. "Dina is an emotional wreck. An ice-cold feeling gripped me when we got the bad tidings in the car. What kind of people do this, murdering an old lady and a small child inside a home. It's sick,' he said.
When Mrs White arrived at her mother's home, someone there gave her her mother's dog Vlekkie. The daughter wept bitterly while holding the dog.
Fifteen-year-old Jean Kotze said Mrs De Goede was her day-mother when he was a child and she was like a grandmother to him. "I am heartbroken and feel empty,'he said.
"Mrs de Goede was a good woman and a fine Christian," said Jean's mother Polla Kotze.