The wife of the late hotel owner Leon Brits was arrested by the SAPS Provincial Organised Crime Detectives at their home in Kakamas, Northern Cape this morning following an investigation into his murder on 7 October 2020.
The 41-year-old victim’s body – which had several stab wounds – was found floating in the couple’s swimming pool at one of their properties in Pofadder, said the province’s SAPS spokesperson Captain Sergio Kock.
“Several valuables such as firearms, a cell phone, Kruger Rands, polished diamonds and cash was allegedly taken from the premises.”
Kock then stated, “Three men were later arrested and one accused, namely Jacques Van Vuuren (37) was sentenced in the Kimberley High Court, following a plea bargain agreement on Thursday, 25 March 2021.”
Van Vuuren was given a 25-year sentence of which 5 years was suspended for the murder, 15 years for aggravated robbery and 3 years for unlawful possession of a firearm.
“The sentences will run concurrently and he will serve an effective 20 years behind bars,” informed Kock.
The two other accused, Amantle Bareki (24) and Enrich Williams (34) are also facing charges of murder, aggravated robbery and possession of an illegal firearm. They will appear before the Pofadder Magistrate’s Court again on 17 May 2021.
Brits’ wife (30) will be charged with murder, aggravated robbery and perjury. She will appear in the same court this Wednesday.
“Police are still currently searching the premises, as such we are unable to reveal any information with regard to what led to the murder of Leon Brits because the investigation is still underway,” said Kock