On Tuesday morning November 12, Johnnie Marx (79) a respected banker, was murdered at his retirement home in Pride of India Crescent, at Wavecrest, a suburb of Jeffreys Bay.
Jeffreys Bay is a top surfing destination, and hosts the annual World Surf League (WSL), that attract professional surfers and spectators from all over the world, to flock to the small coastal town.
Johnnie was alone at home, as his wife was visiting their daughter in Uitenhage after an operation. Early in the morning, he switched off the alarm, opened the garage to go to work, and then he was attacked by several men.
The attackers took Johnnie into the house, demanded his bank cards and forced him to provide them with the credentials to draw money. He was then tied up to a chair and suffocated with a plastic bag.
Several items were stolen from the house and money was later withdrawn from the bank accounts using the stolen bank cards. The family’s safe was also found open.
By the evening the family became concerned, and contacted a local security company to go and investigate.
Police spokesperson Sergeant Majola Nkohli said “The security company found the house locked and attempts to gain entry failed. The family then gave permission for the security guard to kick the door open and Marx was found in the bedroom.”
Nkohli said “There were no signs of blood and it was suspected, Marx had either been suffocated or strangled during the attack.”
A memorial service was held Wednesday afternoon for Johnie Marx, 79, at the Dutch Reformed Church complex in this Eastern Cape coastal town.
Two suspects arrested for Johnnie Marx’s murder
Johnnie Marx’s daughter, Zelda Swanepoel, is a specialist state prosecutor in Port Elizabeth. She deals mainly with cases relating to sexual offences and human trafficking and due to the nature of her work, she works closely with the Hawks.
Two days after the murder, the police’s organized crime unit arrested Lunga Welkom (28) and Masixole Mbeki (33) in connection with Marx’s murder in Port Elizabeth after officers followed up information. Falcons spokeswoman Anelisa Ngcakani said.
Approximately R70 000 worth of goods were confiscated in the possession of the two suspects.
Both appeared in the Humansdorp Magistrate’s Court on Monday and again. Ngcakani says they are facing charges of murder, robbery and fraud. Marx’s credit card was allegedly used by the two suspects – hence the charge of fraud.