VOETSEK: Killer Andrew Plaatjies. Photo: Noor Slamdien
VOETSEK: Killer Andrew Plaatjies. Photo: Noor Slamdien
WHAM, BAM, BYE: Robert Henney. Photo: SUPPLED
WHAM, BAM, BYE: Robert Henney. Photo: SUPPLED
LIFE SENTENCE: Renaldo van Rooyen and Tawfeeq Ebrahim. Photo: SUPPLIED
LIFE SENTENCE: Renaldo van Rooyen and Tawfeeq Ebrahim. Photo: SUPPLIED
CRUEL: Rene Tracy Roman. Photo: SUPPLIED
CRUEL: Rene Tracy Roman. Photo: SUPPLIED
SLAIN: Zarah Hector, 33. Photo: Facebook
SLAIN: Zarah Hector, 33. Photo: Facebook

Yoh! What a week it was for news.

It’s what journalists live for.

On the Monday news diary, there were three murder cases in court - Courtney Pieters, Zarah Hector and Rene Tracy Roman.

All three cases have been dragging on for over a year - you know how slowly the wheels of justice turn in this country.

So it was no surprise to hear the Courtney case was postponed again... as the prosecutor was off sick, or some other reason.

In the other two cases, however, bombshells!

Judge Lister Nuku took no prisoners in the Zarah case, sentencing Renaldo van Rooyen and Tawfeeq Ebrahim to life in prison for murder.

And on charges of robbery with aggravating circumstances, both received 15 years. Soema net so!

Judge Robert Henney wasn’t draaing doekies either.

In what was probably record time - a two-hour trial - accused Andrew Plaatjies was handed a life sentence for killing 13-year-old Rene.

And, get this, another life sentence for the attempted rape of the teen girl.

Finish en klaar. Voetsek!

It was swift, tough justice.

Just the punishment these sick animals deserve.

So, cheers to the judges for giving the families of the victims a bit of satisfaction and consolation.

And for giving our journalists some “good news” to report on.

It was a good week for our law and order officials in Daily Voice land.

But it would be remiss to mention the failings of police in the death of.

What a nightmare this family had to endure.

The Delft man was driving in Muizenberg on 29 July when he had a tyre burst and his car rolled, his daughter explained.

But two weeks later, cops still didn’t locate the missing taxi boss.

So the family conducted their own investigation.

And to their horror, they found his body on the side of the road.

They knew it was Raymond because he had a prosthetic foot and his brother’s name was tattooed on his chest.

Still, after a traumatic two weeks, the family were made to wait again by police, who said they needed to wait for DNA test results to determine the identity of the body.

Can you imagine...

Not good enough, officers.

SAPS should really make it up to this family.

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