Dark Christmas for family after Alberton murders of mother, son

Henry

The family of a woman and her nine-year-old son, who were allegedly murdered by their gardener, have a sad and dark Christmas behind them.

Carol Terblanche, mother of the murdered Nadine Terblanche, said on Thursday that their family did nothing for Christmas or to celebrate the new year.

“No, we haven’t even packed up their things yet,” said a sad Carol.

She struggled to describe in words how it felt to see her daughter and grandson’s alleged killer in court for the first time on Wednesday.

Pardon Danhire (37) appeared briefly in the Magistrate’s Court in Palmridge. After he submitted an application for legal aid, his case was postponed until later this month.

Nadine and her son, Ruandré, were murdered on 27 November in their home in Randhart, Alberton.

Danhire was arrested later that day and charged with the murders.

He was apparently in the house when Nadine’s partner, Freddie Stapelberg, arrived at the house.

Lt. Col. Mavela Masondo, Gauteng police spokesperson, confirmed at the time that Stapelberg was apparently attacked by Danhire with an ax upon his arrival.

Stapelberg was apparently able to attract the attention of a security guard who reacted quickly and arrested Danhire. Upon closer examination, Nadine and Ruandré’s bodies were found in the house. They were pronounced dead at the scene.

It is understood that both are believed to have been strangled. They were buried in November.

Nadine also has a toddler daughter who was not at home during the incident.

Stapelberg, who still regularly posts messages to Nadine on social media, did not respond to inquiries.

In a post over the weekend he writes: “Dance/walk in all alone during the days. I just have to let everyone know what it is that won’t let me go from you… it’s your love, it just does something to me. It sends shockwaves right through me… love you my darling.”