On 22 September 2020 rugby and cricket legend Sias Willemse (74) was murdered in his house at Bailliepark in Potchefstroom North West Province. Two siblings joined their brother Petrus Mahlapa (24) a farmworker from Sias Willemse’s farm to go and attack the elderly man. They suffocated Sias with ties around his neck to force him to hand over the safe keys and then ended his life with two gunshots in the neck.

The attackers stole containers full of R5 coins worth thousands of rands from the safe and other household item and fled towards Parys.

In statements from shop assistants in Parys and Potchefstroom, they confirmed that shortly after the murder they had customers who wanted to exchange R5 coins for banknotes.

Henry Mamothame, spokesperson for the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) in the North West, says one of the two brothers admitted that he entered the Willemse home the day before the murder and stole a firearm from a bedside table. Meriam Mahlapa his sister apparently was standing outside the house waiting.

“The accused who stole the firearm returned to the house the next day with his brother and Meriam and found Willemse behind his desk in his study. He apparently ordered Meriam to fetch ties from the closet in the master bedroom, which she did. He allegedly tied the ties around Willemse’s neck and instructed him to give him the safe keys, “Mamothame said.

Willemse was described as a “great rugby spirit and avid cricketer” and a true “Potch legend”. He is a former PUK and former Western Transvaal cricketer.

He also represented the Potch Rugby Club as a keen player on the field in his day.

The three siblings, Petrus Mahlapa (24), Andries (28) and Meriam (20), were arrested in October and decided not to apply for bail during their court appearance. The three are charged with murder, house robbery and possession of an unlicensed firearm and ammunition.

Lynné Snyman, Sias’ daughter, said the family is very grateful for excellent detective work. All credit to the police for their professional actions. Unfortunately, it does not take away our sadness, because it can not bring my father back.

The three accused will appear in court again on 2 December.

SOURCE: Maroela Media

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