Community pleased with hefty sentence given to Winnie Rust's killers

Two Wellington men have been sentenced to life behind bars for robbing and killing Afrikaans author Winnie Rust.

Nigel and Johannes Plaaitjies were sentenced in the Western Cape High Court on Wednesday. The two men robbed and strangled the elderly woman at her home in May 2016.

EWN reporter Shamiela Fisher said it was interesting that the court noted and accepted that Winnie Rust's death has not only affected her family but the whole community.

According to Fisher, the community said it is not only the family who lost a role model but the whole community and it is grateful that the men have been handed down a hefty sentence.

Testimonies showed Rust had helped many people in the community.

There have been several testimonies throughout the trial indicating that she (Rust) did not only help Nigel Plaaitjies. She has been described by residents of the community as having gone above and beyond to try to assist disadvantaged youth, community members and also uplifting them.

Shamiela Fisher, EWN reporter

Fisher said the community members vow to continue to honour Rust's memory through various causes and they will try to keep her memory alive by continuing to help.

Apart from the life sentences, both men were also handed 15 years for robbery with aggravating circumstances, four years for arson and five years on charges of fraud, for using Rust’s bank cards.

Listen to Fisher explaining how Nigel Plaaitjies refused to testify throughout the trial:


This article first appeared on 702 : Community pleased with hefty sentence given to Winnie Rust's killers


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