Dr Roelof Botha, a well known doctor in Tulbach, Western Cape was brutally attacked and murdered with a panga or sharp instrument on his farm on 1 June 2020, 400 metres from his home. The police are investigating the murder. Dr. Roelof Botha, wie se praktyk in Van der Stelstraat is, se lyk is glo Maandagaand deur ’n plaaslike ouerpaar en hul kinders gevind nadat hy met ’n skerp voorwerp doodgemaak is. Simpatie aan die naasbestaandes en geliefdes.
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Four suspects have been arrested for the murder of Tulbagh community doctor Roelof Botha, 59, Western Cape police have said.
According to police spokesperson Captain FC van Wyk, Botha’s body was found with multiple stab wounds on Monday at about 18:45 on Schalkenbosch Road in Tulbagh.
According to the Cape Times, local police said Botha was visiting a zebra camp on his farm when he was attacked.
“It was discovered he had been stabbed with a sharp object. We arrested the four suspects [on Tuesday] and found a shotgun, watch, wallet and a jacket,” police reportedly said. Community activist at the Witzenberg Justice Coalition Winston Pietersen told the Cape Times residents were in shock after learning of Botha’s murder. “He was a very good doctor, and also helped… patients who needed help with disabled grants at the clinic; he was a very kind man,” Pietersen reportedly said. “We, as a community, would like to see that justice is served.”
Van Wyk told News24 the police’s investigation has led to the arrest of the four people, aged between 20 and 35, on a charge of murder. “Detectives are following up on all leads and the investigation continues,” he said.
In a tribute published by Netwerk24, Botha’s daughter, Loré, described him as “the salt of the earth”.
“He was a legend. He was a hero who went out of his way to help his patients and the community. He went above and beyond to help people and to save lives,” Loré wrote.
Van Wyk said anyone with information about the incident should contact Crime Stop on 08600 10111 or the investigating officer Detective Sergeant Marlon Cupido on 023 230 8100.
– Compiled by Riaan Grobler
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Four suspects have been arrested following the murder of Tulbagh community doctor Dr Roelof Botha, whose body, which had multiple stab wounds, was discovered on a gravel road on Monday.
The suspects, aged between 20 and 35, faced a charge of murder, and detectives were following leads yesterday as the investigation continued, police said.
According to Tulbagh police, the 58-year-old doctor’s body was found lying along Schalkenbosch Road.
“It is alleged that the deceased was visiting his zebra camp on (his) farm,” police said.
“He spoke to one of his friends at around 5.54pm (on Monday) and informed him that he had problems with dogs in the zebra camp, and informed his friend that he was going to shoot the dogs.”
Police said at around 6.40pm, his body was found by a couple travelling to town.
“It was discovered he had been stabbed with a sharp object. We arrested the four suspects and found a shotgun, watch, wallet and a jacket,” police said.
Community activist at the Witzenberg Justice Coalition, Winston Pietersen, said residents were in shock after learning of Botha’s murder.
“He was a very good doctor, and also helped… patients who needed help with disabled grants at the clinic; he was a very kind man,” Pietersen said. “We as a community would like to see that justice is served.”
A Facebook user thanked Botha for his services.
“RIP Botha; thanks for the services and the help you gave to our smaller communities,” the user posted.
Anyone with any information about the incident can anonymously contact Crime Stop on 08600 10111, SMS Crime Line at 32211 or contact the investigating officer, Marlon Cupido, at 023 230 8100.
But this murder is a bit different. This murder is not so important to world or some other South-Africans. Some will just take note of such a brutal killing.
It was reported earlier that Botha had been out clay pigeon shooting and on his return from the land was overpowered and hacked to death with a panga or sharp instrument.
The police are investigating. There have been no arrests. There is no other information available at this stage.
Daar word beweer dat Botha op sy plaas besig was om kleiduif te skiet. Hy het teruggekeer huis-toe en die verdagtes het hom oorval. Botha is met ‘n panga of skerp voorwerp doodgekap. Geen arrestasies is tans gemaak nie. Die polisie se ondersoek duur voort.