- Adriana's Stujit's Latest Report
on the De Klerk Murder
- Adriana is a veteran journalist. She knows what
she's doing. This thing is sure different. It will be interesting to see
where it leads.
- From Adriana Stuijt
- Picture of Luyanda Mboniswa, 21, the mysterious South
African security guard with a clean criminal record, who also is the sole
financial supporter of his mother and siblings -- but who confessed to
the murder of South Africa''s previous first lady, Mrs Marike de Klerk
before a magistrate on Thursday. A week before the De Klerk murder, the
security guard had also reported a burglary at his rented $100-a-month
squatter shack in Khayelitsha township to police , during which music
had reportedly been stolen.
- Dec. 8, 2001 - The Sunday Times of Johannesburg published
this picture of Luyanda Mboniswa, 21, the security guard employed by
Gray, the company assigned to protect the apartment block north of Cape
Town where South Africa's previous First Lady, Mrs Marike de Klerk, was
strangled to death last week.
- The security guard was arrested and confessed before
a magistrate to the murder ot Mrs de Klerk.
- Jounralists Bonny Schoonakker and Michael Schmidt of
the Sunday Times reported that Mboniswa's family, friends and employers
were shocked at the confession by the guard -- whom they said was "
a model employee and a breadwinner who supported the rest of his
- Nothing was robbed from Mrs de Klerk's apartment although
her cellphone still seems to be missing. It was a call made from Mrs de
Klerk's aparment from this missing cellphone which was traced by police
to a Khayelitsha telephone -- and which had led to Mboniswa's arrest and
- Also, journalist Freek Swart of the Rapport Afrikaans
Sunday newspaper wrote that the security guard may not have acted alone
- police are still investigating the possibility of a murder
- Swart quoted unnamed police detectives as saying that
South Africa's former first lady might have been murdered last week to
silence her, because she might have threatened to inform police about a
diamond smuggling network which involved someone close to her.
- Mrs De Klerk was apparently approached "by a person
who wanted to borrow money from her for a "transaction", but
she refused. "The person involved either murdered her personally or
hired someone to do it at a fee," the source said.
- The security guard will appear in court on Monday, but
the investigation continues. Cape Town East Metropole police spokesman
Superintendent Wicus Holtzhausen said the security guard had confession
before a magistrate in court on Thursday night.
- Meanwhile back in Motherwell, near Port Elizabeth, Sunday
Times reporters noted that the security guard's mother's eyes had filled
with tears as she watched a TV broadcast of the press conference retired
South African President F W de Klerk had held following Marike's memorial
service in Cape Town on Saturday.
- Mrs Cynthia Mboniswa said that Luyanda - her eldest child
whom she had raised alone since the age of one when she divorced his father
- paid the school fees of his younger siblings, Ayanda, 18, in Grade 10,
and Andiswa, 10, in Grade 4. He also supported her and his 85-year-old
- "I cried when I heard," she said. "I want
to go to Cape Town, but I have no money. I'm afraid for him. He was not
politically involved. "
- In Khayelitsha, Lilian Dyasi, who lived a few doors away
from Mboniswa, said she was the mother of Mboniswa's 22-year-old
- She said both she and her daughter had been taken to
Bishop Lavis Police Station for questioning on Friday afternoon. There,
they saw Mboniswa for the first time since his arrest on Wednesday night
at the Dolphin Beach apartment complex in Table View, where he worked and
where the murder took place.
- Dyasi said that although she was allowed to return to
her home in Khayelitsha later on Friday afternoon, her daughter Victoria
was detained for further questioning.
- But police insisted that no charges were being considered
against any other suspects.
- Dyasi said her daughter had known Mboniswa since he moved
into their street in December last year, five months after he was employed
by Securicor Gray in Cape Town.
- Mkhumbuzi Ncedani, who rents out Mboniswa's squatter
shack to him for R100 a month, said that when detectives arrived at the
premises on Friday afternoon, he thought they had come to investigate a
burglary at the shack which Mboniswa had reported to police last weekend.
Police had arrived last Sunday and lifted fingerprints at the shack, from
which Mboniswa's hi-fi set and other personal items had been stolen.
- The shack is a 2m by 4m wooden structure with barely
enough room for his double bed and a table. On Friday afternoon, the bed
was strewn with Mboniswa's clothing after detectives had rummaged through
the shack, looking for Mrs De Klerk's cellphone and any other clues.
- The shack's only decorations are a poster of football
player Doctor Khumalo and a newspaper clipping of a successful local
- A unit of the SA Police Service used sophisticated
to identify the alleged killer within five hours of her body being
According to police, members of the Pretoria-based unit made their
at about 9pm on Tuesday.
- Earlier on Saturday, Marike de Klerk was buried in a
private ceremony at the Rebecca Street Cemetery in Pretoria West. Hundreds
of people gathered at the Wapadrant Gereformeerde Kerk in Pretoria around
noon on Saturday to mourn Mrs De Klerk.
- The mourners were led by her ex-husband, retired South
African president F W de Klerk, his current wife Elita, and the
couple's three adopted children Jan and Willem de Klerk; and Susan
- Mrs Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, chair of the ANC women's
league, who also attended the service, told the news media that South
previous First Lady's death was an indictment of the crime situation in
- "It's a tragedy that a fine woman who has
so much to the history of our country should have left us in such a tragic
manner," she said. "This could be a message from God to wake
South Africans up, she said. "We should all do much more about the
crime situation, not only the government."
- Mrs De Klerk was buried in the Wapadrant Reformed Church
in Pretoria on Saturday. - Rapport/Sapa
- Mrs Susan Hillocks, Mrs de Klerk's daughter, said she
believed that the confessed killer had clearly gone to kill her mother.
"It was like a terrible act of revenge. The brute force which he used
to kill her, tells the entire story," she told Rapport
- "If the suspected killer was simply out to rob her,
he could have done so for the entire two months my mother had been away
from her flat. He could have broken in throughout that time, he had all
the time in the world to rob the flat, but no, he clearly wanted to kill
her," Mrs Hillocks said.
- She said her mother was unarmed and did not own any
- All three the De Klerk siblings are adopted. Jan is a
farmer near Ottosdal in North West Province, and Willem is a businessman
of Cape Town whose record shows a checkered financial career.
- As a young man he was engaged to Erica Adams,the daughter
of a coloured parliamentarian -- and his mother had been very opposed to
the relationship, which was ended before it culminated in marriage.
- Since then he was married and divorced and now has a
new girl friend. He also landed in financial trouble in his business
and was sued three times in the Cape Town civil court for debts incurred
with Nedkor-Bank, Stellenbosch Farmers' Winemakers Cooperative and a
based company called Scoble en Scoble.
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