ACCUSED: Plaatjies
The man accused of murdering Steenberg teen, Rene-Tracy Roman, is set to plead guilty.

Andrew Plaatjies, 50, appeared in the Western Cape High Court on Friday before the matter was postponed yet again.

Rene’s half-naked body was found metres from her home in March last year after she had been missing for 10 days.

She was found rolled up in a mat in a Wendy house at the back of the home of neighbour Plaatjies, who was arrested for murder.

Plaatjies stood in the dock for his second pre-trial where it emerged that he intends to plead guilty, but it is not clear on which charges.

The matter had to be postponed as the State informed the court about a delay in obtaining a pathologist’s report.

Activists for women and children and founder of Philisa Abafazi Bethu, Lucinda Evans, has stood with the family since day one and says dragging the matter has become draining.

The next court date will be after the one-year anniversary of the murder.

“We hope he pleads guilty. It will be 13 days on the first anniversary of the day Rene disappeared on that Friday. It will also be one year to the date of the commencement of the court case,” Lucinda said.

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