Builder abandons bail application

Henry

Anton Bouwer (55), the man who is accused of having shot dead his own family members during a murder spree in Benoni, temporarily abandoned his bail application on Tuesday.

Hugo van der Westhuizen, Bouwer’s legal representative, told the court that there are several reasons why his client is not proceeding with the application now. Van der Westhuizen also said that extensive investigative work still needs to be done.

The state has also indicated that there is still outstanding investigative work.

According to the indictment, Bouwer first shot his parents, Bettie (73) and Robert Barry Bouwer (78), on their farm in Bredell, Kempton Park, on 21 January.

He then apparently went to his own house in Holding Road in Benoni on the East Rand where he allegedly continued the killing spree.

Allegedly, Bouwer shot dead his adopted daughter, Natasha Bouwer (22), and the family’s maid, Elizabeth Mahlangu (55), here. He also apparently shot his wife, Adélle (43). Bouwer apparently shot himself in the face last, but he survived.

On Tuesday, Bouwer stared straight ahead and showed no emotion after the court adjourned his case for two months.