Motive for murder of Mbombela anesthetist still a mystery


The motive for the murder of an anesthetist from Mbombela in Mpumalanga is not yet known.

Meanwhile, three suspects were due to appear in the Mbombela Magistrate’s Court on Tuesday for the murder of Dr. Nicholas Procter (39).

Albert Greyvenstein, owner of AG Solutions security company, says there was only a search after Procter went missing.

His Land Rover Discovery was found near the Elawini Bridge last Thursday morning. That bridge is near the Green Valley Security Estate where Procter’s body was later discovered.

Because Procter’s vehicle was parked near the bridge, the help of a dive team along with the police search and rescue unit, the dog unit and other private security companies were called in to search for him.

However, it soon became clear that Procter was not around.

Leads were followed up and it was found that Procter had visited an apartment in the Green Valley complex.

His hands and feet were tied. It is not yet clear how he was killed.

Procter appears to have been lured to the apartment under false pretenses. According to Greyvenstein, the apartment is apparently rented out through the Airbnb app. The owner gave tenants remote controls for the complex’s gate. It is unclear whether the owner was known to Procter.

It is also not clear if any personal items such as wallets or mobile phones were stolen.

The suspects did flee with his Land Rover, but did not go far and then left it at the bridge.

According to col. Donald Mdhluli, provincial police spokesperson, said the suspects were arrested on Monday in Protea Glen near Soweto in Gauteng.

The suspects are between 20 and 38 years old.

“The investigation team spent sleepless nights in the hope of arresting the suspects so that the family of the murdered doctor can find closure and get justice for the murdered victim,” Lt. Gen. Semakaleng Daphney Manamela, Mpumalanga’s police commissioner, said on Tuesday.

Procter was an anesthetist attached to the Mediclinic Nelspruit in Mbombela. He has apparently been associated with this hospital since 2019.

In a Facebook post, the hospital mourned Procter’s murder. “He was loved and respected by his colleagues for his gentle and courteous personality,” the statement said.

Dr Nicholas Procter23/02/1984 – 01/02/2024 It is with great sadness that Management and Staff of Mediclinic Nelspruit…

Posted by Mediclinic Nelspruit on Friday, February 2, 2024

Procter is survived by his mother, Margaret, and stepfather, Jacob.

A funeral service for Procter will be held this coming Friday from the Church Unlimited in Mbombela.

The three suspects had to appear in court by Tuesday afternoon.