A well-known lawyer Gerrit Stander from a firm in Nelspruit died this morning after he was murdered on his smallholding outside of the town of White River in the Plaston area, Mpumalanga Province.
Gerrit Stander (38), a lawyer at Swanepoel & Partners, was attacked by a group of terrorists around 2 am. According to his father, Martiens, who lives on the same premises, the suspects allegedly cut the electric fence and broke down the security and wooden door to gain access to the home.
“Upon entering, the dog in the house started barking. Gerrit went to investigate and it seems that a struggle arose. He was shot three times in the process and died shortly afterward in Kiaat private hospital, “said Martiens.
“His wife, Yolandi, sent out an emergency call on a WhatsApp group and when I arrived I found my son on the floor.”
Christiaan, Gerrit’s younger brother, rushed him to the hospital, while Martiens stayed with Gerrit’s daughter (8).
“We were all shocked and immediately drove to their home while others tried to call police and an ambulance. They refused to dispatch an ambulance, they said it was a dangerous area even though it’s 2km away from Kruger Mpumalanga international airport,” said Christiaan.
Around 7am the family heard news that Gerrit had lost too much blood and succumbed to his injuries.
“Had they assisted us, perhaps Gerrit would still be alive,” he said in a trembling voice.
Gerrit, 38, was described as a humble, down to earth, family man who loved children. He leaves his wife and eight-year-old daughter.
“We are grateful that we had time to say goodbye to him,” Martiens said.
Captain Lloyd Ramovha, of the Hawks, announced that two men, 26 and 30 years old have been arrested at Kabokweni near White River after receiving information about a transaction to sell the mobile phone of the deceased.
The suspects stole two cellphones, a laptop and a television.
The police appealed to members of the public to assist with information regarding this incident by contacting branch commander Detective Captain John Mabunda on 082 449 0334 or call the Crime Stop number on 08600 10111.
Source: The Lowvelder
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