Krugersdorp killings: Widow breaks down during trial
Women tell how their husbands, one of whom was to become a dad, were lured to their deaths
“We were excited to be parents. He lost the opportunity to share everything together.”
These were the words of 28-year-old widow Kezia McAlpine, who broke down in court while testifying about how her husband was lured to his death when she was pregnant with their child.
She was one of two widows who told the High Court in Johannesburg on Tuesday how their husbands were killed and found in the boots of their cars after going to meet potential clients.
Kevin McAlpine, an insurance broker, was killed on May 26 2016, three days after the couple celebrated their first wedding anniversary and three months before the birth of their son.
The 29-year-old was robbed of his wedding ring‚ laptop‚ shoes‚ watch and R1‚300 in cash.
McAlpine, 28, testified that her husband had been contacted and asked to meet a client when he was murdered.
“We were sitting and watching TV. He got a phone call and he confirmed an appointment.”
She said her husband dropped her off at her cousin’s home before he left for the appointment.
“I sent him a WhatsApp message at around 7pm. By 9pm I was quite frantic. At 9.20pm I got two messages from the bank. It was two transactions. One was for R300 and the other one was R1,000.”
She said the bank notified her of unusual activity on her account and she stopped the card.
“I called the tracking company. They told me my husband’s car was found with a body.”
McAlpine said her husband was excited to become a father and they were very close.
“He was my best friend. We did everything together.”
Her husband was one of 11 people murdered on the West Rand over four years, beginning in 2012. The accused are Cecilia Steyn‚ 37‚ Zak Valentine‚ 33‚ and Marcel Steyn‚ 20.
Marcel’s mother‚ Marinda Steyn‚ 51‚ has already been sentenced to multiple life terms for her involvement in the murder spree. Marcel’s brother, Le Roux, is serving a 25-year jail term and has testified against the three remaining accused as a state witness.
On Tuesday, Heather Scholefield, 66, told the court that she and her husband Anthony worked for Momentum. She was a personal assistant to her financial-adviser husband.
In May 2016 she received an application for a life policy from Marinda Steyn. Marinda had listed her “sister”, Cecilia, as the sole beneficiary of the policy. (The two Steyns are not related).
On May 9 that year Scholefield said her husband told her he had a referral appointment with a potential client.
The name of the client was Ruan Schoeman. Heather’s husband had asked her to contact him and get certain documents. “I called Ruan and asked him to send the documents. He said he would bring them with to the appointment.”
Scholefield said she last saw her 64-year-old husband when he went for the appointment.
“I called him, his phone was off. I called my daughter as it was getting late. I called Ruan and his phone was off,” said an emotional Scholefield.
The court had to adjourn to allow the widow to compose herself.
She said her husband’s car was found near a primary school. His body had been stuffed into the boot. His cellphone, tablet, laptop and wallet were missing.
The trial continues on Wednesday.
Timeline of the killing spree
The murders are believed to have started when Cecilia‚ a self-proclaimed child psychologist‚ had a fallout with the pastor of the Overcomers Through Christ church.
July 26: Natacha Burger‚ 33‚ and her neighbour, Joyce Boonzaaier‚ 68‚ had their throats slit in Centurion. The bodies were found in Boonzaaier’s home.
August 14: Pastor Reginald Bendixen‚ 75‚ was stabbed and hacked to death at his home in Honeydew.
October 11: Mikeila Valentine‚ 25‚ was stabbed to death in the home she shared with her husband‚ Zak Valentine.
November 27: Peter Meyer‚ 51‚ and his wife, Joan‚ 47‚ were stabbed to death at their home on Rudd Street‚ Noordheuwel.
December 6: Jarrod Jackson‚ 44‚ was burnt to death in a car in Petrus Steyn in the Free State.
January 27: Glen McGregor‚ 57‚ was shot on his smallholding in Randfontein.
May 10: Anthony Scholefield‚ 64‚ was strangled. His body was found in the boot of his car‚ which was abandoned on Premier Street in Krugersdorp. His belongings were stolen and R9,600 was withdrawn from his bank account.
May 26: The body of Kevin McAlpine‚ 29‚ was found in the boot of his car on the corner of Sivewright and Francis streets in Krugersdorp. He was robbed of his wedding ring‚ laptop‚ shoes‚ watch and R1,300 in cash. He had been married to 26-year-old Kezia for a year and she was six months’ pregnant.
May 31: The body of Hanlé Lategan‚ 52‚ was discovered in the veld along the Randfontein River on a farm in Elandsvlei. Her cellphone‚ gold and diamond ring‚ watch and R3,000 in cash were stolen. Her car was found in front of the Krugersdorp Private Hospital.