A murder docket, as well as an inquest, were opened by the Bethal Police after the discovery of two bodies
Yesterday 2021-07-19 at about 08:30, police received a complaint from a neighbour where a domestic worker could not access the house where she was working and that she tried to call both her employers but none of them answered their phones.
According to the neighbour, everyone in the neighbourhood joined the neighbourhood watch group where they call each other to check if everyone is still ok.
Yesterday, one of the neighbours tried to call Mr and Mrs Du Randt and could not get reach them. The neighbour then called another neighbour and informed her that she cannot get hold of any of the family members.
She then took her car and drove to the Du Randt’s house as she was worried about their whereabouts.
On arrival at the Du Randt’s house, she found the domestic worker and she(the domestic worker) opened the main entrance to the house for her and the neighbour to check what might be the problem.
After the opening of the main door, both the neighbour and the domestic worker noticed that the security door leading to the bedrooms was closed and locked.
They both found it strange that the dog, which sleeps in the house with the family used to bark when hearing people’s movement in the house but it didn’t bark. When checking the house, they noticed that all the cars were parked and in good condition.
The neighbour continued to phone both Mr and Mrs Du Randt but only the wife’s phone was ringing. The neighbour then called the police and informed them about the strange situation and requested police assistance in checking the house for safety reasons or measures.
The police swiftly responded and attended to the complaint. On arrival at the given address, police found the neighbour and the domestic worker who then informed them (police) about the situation and requested them to use force to gain further entry to the house.
The police then forced opened the security door to the bedrooms as well as the bedroom door which was closed and locked.
After force-opening the bedroom door, police found both Mr Du Randt(61) and Mrs Du Randt(60) laying on the bed with gunshot wounds on their heads and the lifeless dog in the bathroom. A rifle and shotgun used for the commission of crime were found in the room on the floor with two cartridges.
Police then summoned all role players to the scene and a paramedic from Netcare 911 attended the scene and certified both the husband and the wife dead.
No one knows the motive behind the death of the couple and police are now investigating murder and inquest case. Police, therefore, request anyone with information to contact Detective Sergeant December Jele on 0608022876 or SAPS National crime stop number 08600 10111 or sms crime line on 32211.