Johnny Kippie Wessels (52) a mixed farmer from the Free State and the son of a Springbok couple was murdered on 30 October 2020 in his house in Zastron. He lived alone after moving from his farm, Maidstone, in the Vanstadensrus district just two months ago. His parents were John Wessels, Springbok hooker, and Sussie Esterhuizen, a Springbok netball player.
Kippie lost his father, John Wessels, the Springbok rugby player a while ago but his mother Sussie is still alive and lives in Vivo in the Limpopo province.
His sister Marlese Greeff posted on social media:
Johnny ‘Kippie’ Wessels was the only son of my mother and father John Wessels. He leaves behind his sisters Anine Bleeker and Sanri Rademeyer. We appreciate your support during this very difficult time.
Sussie Esterhuizen said her son was probably murdered the day before his body was discovered.
“Kippie farmed all his life and recently moved to town. He was a very good man with a good heart. I loved him dearly. I will miss everything about him. ” she said
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Police spokesperson Col. Thandi Mbambo, said that the 52-year-old Kippie Wessels was allegedly hit over the head with a blunt object. “There was blood from the kitchen to the bedroom where his body was found.”
Previous reports also suggested the victim had stab wounds.
There was no sign of forced entry into the home, Mbambo said. According to her, the wreckage of his LDV was found about 20 km outside Sterkspruit the same evening.
Anyone with information about the attack can call Detective Charles Brown on 082 467 6432 or call the Zastron Police Station on 051 673 9700.
No arrests have been made.
SOURCE: Network 24
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