December 6, 2001 |
An autopsy on the body of Marike de Klerk, the ex-wife of apartheid South Africa's last president, Frederik W. de Klerk, revealed that she had been strangled, police said. De Klerk's body was discovered Tuesday at her Cape Town home. The autopsy also revealed that De Klerk, 64, had a shallow stab wound in her back, but it was not the cause of death, police spokesman Wicus Holtzhauzen said.
December 8, 2001 |
A Cape Town security guard has confessed to killing former South African first lady Marike de Klerk, police said Friday. The 21-year-old man, who cannot be identified until he is formally charged, was arrested Thursday morning. He pleaded guilty before a court in the port city that evening, police spokesman Supt. Wicus Holtzhausen said. Police have until this afternoon to charge the man.
May 16, 2003 |
A security guard convicted in the slaying of South Africa's former first lady Marike De Klerk was sentenced to life in prison. Luyanda Mboniswa, 22, stood motionless as he received his sentence for murder and robbery with aggravating circumstances. Judge John Hlophe sentenced Mboniswa to life on each charge and to three years for burglary. Mboniswa, who had worked as a guard in de Klerk's luxury apartment complex, was convicted of breaking into her home on Dec.
December 17, 1991 |
Frederik and Marike de Klerk scan the Bible each year for just the right words for their Christmas card, searching for a passage that most clearly sums up their guiding principle for the new year. This year, the devout South African president and his wife found that message in the Book of Job: "Let us then examine for ourselves what is right; let us together establish the true good."