Winnie Rust killers to know their fate

CAPE TOWN- Two men convicted of the murder of Afrikaans author Winnie Rust will know their fate on Wednesday when they are sentenced in the Western Cape High Court.

The state has called for life imprisonment for relatives Johannes and Nigel Plaatjies, who were convicted in December of robbing and murdering Rust in her home in Uitsig, Wellington, on May 11 2016.

At the time of the crime, Rust had been paying for Nigel’s sports activities and school fess since he was in Grade 7.

He was also a regular visitor at Rust’s home and she had often helped him with homework, even paying for a tutor when he was struggling with maths.

Nigel’s mother Lien had worked for Rust’s daughter and in Rust’s home, and the author had know him since he was a little boy.

Nigel admitted to Katrina Moses, probation officer, that he and his uncle planned the robbery but insisted her murder had never been part of their plan. He claimed that Johannes had asked him to help him so that he could pay his drug debt.

Johannes, however, maintained throughout that he had only participated in “shopping” with Rust’s stolen bank card.

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