Thirteen-year-old Jerobejin van Wyk went missing last week after he was last seen picking fruit in a Klawer man’s garden. Since then body parts have been found at the man’s house and he has admitted to the murder.
The remains were flushed down a drain
The teenage boy was last seen in the small Western Cape town as he and his friend was being chased for taking fruit from the Klawer man’s garden. And after police found human remains at the man’s house, he was arrested on Thursday, 3 February.
According to Jerobejin’s friend, the pair was walking past the house when they spotted ripe mangos growing on a tree in the man’s yard. And as they were picking the fruit, the man came out and started chasing them in a bakkie. The friend hid in a rubbish bin but Jerobejin was never seen again.
According to the man’s statement, he laid the teenager’s body on black rubbish bags and proceeded to cut him up. He then burned the bags afterwards and flushed the human remains down a drain.
When the remains were found, Billy Claasen, a farmworkers rights lobbyist said, “This is the worst and most gruesome deed I have witnessed in my life”.
The Klawer man wants to offer financial reparation
Even though the police have yet to confirm a positive identification of the remains, the man has admitted to the murder.
“He admits the murder,” said Sannie Human, who will be representing the suspect in court in Klawer.
“He knows what he did was wrong.”
Human further said that her client will not be applying for bail as he intends to offer financial reparation to the teen’s heartbroken family.