Life policy may be motive for triple murder

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Eugene Botha, the 42-year-old man from Rondebult in Gauteng who is suspected of the murder of his parents, Johan (79) and Jane, as well as his sister, SunĂ©, appeared for the first time in the Germiston Magistrate’s Court on Thursday. Jane and SunĂ©’s age could not be immediately confirmed.

RNews earlier reported that the decomposed bodies of three family members were found in the back of an abandoned van a few meters from their home on Tuesday afternoon.

Residents made the gruesome discovery on the corner of Swartberg and Ubombo Streets.

According to col. Police spokesperson Dimakatso Nevhuhulwi said all three victims had multiple stab wounds.

The state claims that Botha stabbed his three family members to death before putting their bodies in the back of a bakkie and leaving them in a nearby field.

The National Prosecuting Authority says more charges may be added to Botha’s indictment as the investigation progresses; this could include three counts of desecration.

According to a post on Facebook by The Legal SA, Botha’s appearance in court revealed that he had previously been found guilty of fraud.

“It is alleged that life insurance payouts were the motive for the murders of the Botha family.”

A community leader in the area told RNews that the family was very private and that the suspect is said to be a drug user.

“We as a community are deeply shocked by this gruesome murder. Although the family led an extremely private life, Johan always greeted kindly.

“We are still trying to understand what led to these murders,” he says.

Several residents are expected to gather outside the victims’ house in Ubombo Street for a candlelight prayer on Saturday at 17:00.

Botha remains in custody until he appears in court again next week and is expected to formally apply for bail after asking for legal aid.