Man in court after murder spree claiming parents, daughter and housekeeper

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A man from Benoni, who apparently first shot dead his elderly parents, his daughter and domestic helper and wounded his wife before turning the weapon on himself, appeared in court for the first time on Thursday.

Phindi Mjonondwane, Gauteng spokesperson for the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA), confirmed that Anton Bouwer (56) appeared in the Kempton Park Magistrate’s Court.

He is facing four charges of murder, attempted murder and obstruction of justice.

The state claims that Bouwer first shot his parents, Bettie (73) and Robert Barry Bouwer (78), on their farm in Bredell, Kempton Park.

After this, he is believed to have gone to his own house in Holding Road in Benoni on the East Rand, where he is believed to have continued the killing spree.

Allegedly, Bouwer shot dead his adopted daughter, Natasha Bouwer (22), and the family’s maid, Elizabeth Mahlangu (55), here.

He allegedly also shot his wife, Adélle (43). She survived, but RNews understands she is still being kept under anesthesia.

Bouwer apparently shot himself in the face after this. He too survived.

Anton Bouwer, singing murder, court

The motive for the murders is not yet known.

Some of Bouwer’s family members previously expressed to RNews their shock at the murders and added that they do not believe that Anton is capable of killing himself and his family. They argued there were signs that his parents’ home had been “ransacked” and ransacked by what they suspected were other attackers.

Upon further enquiry, the family indicated that no interviews would be granted and that the focus would now be on funeral arrangements.