Annatjie Myburgh

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Annatjie Myburgh

Death: June 15, 2016 (58)
Witrivier, Ehlanzeni, MP, South Africa (Farm Attack)
Place of Burial: Witrivier, Ehlanzeni, MP, South Africa
Occupation: Legal Assistant
Managed by: Susan Jane Isikson (Parratt)
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About Annatjie Myburgh

Annatjie Myburgh (1958 - 2016)

Brief overview:

Annatjie (58), was abducted by two men outside her farm gate in Rocky Drift, Curlews, on 15th June 2016. She was on her way to work when she was abducted, and the suspects drove off with her in her Mitsubishi Pajero. Sergeant Gerald Sedibe said they discovered her glasses and two panga's near the gate. A K9-unit, over 200 members from the community, the flying squad and private security sectors were mobilised to search for Myburgh. Annatjie’s body, which was found close to a gravel road on the way to the Kruger National Park’s Numbi Gate at about 1am on 18th June.

It was initially thought that Annatjie had died from a heart attack. According to the National Prosecution Authority spokesman, Monica Nyuswa, the state pathologist testified that Myburgh did not die of a heart attack as initially thought, she was strangled to death. Selby Johan Mabila (26) who was arrested in the Mahushu informal settlement, who led them to Annatjie's body. Paul Mathebula (32) - a Mozambican - was arrested in Bushbuckridge. The two suspects were were held in custody without bail.

Lt Col Dirk Hall testified that Mabila had led police to the vehicle and to the area where Myburgh’s body was discovered. Mathebula’s fingerprints were found in the vehicle, putting him at the scene of the crime. Former member of Bossies Community Justice, Danie Theron testified that when Mabila was arrested he was wearing a pair of All Star tekkies that fitted the pattern of the prints found at the scene. Mathebula’s shoes were found at his home. They matched the prints found. Gavin Lunghele from Vodacom testified that after police had issued them with a Section 205, they had traced the two cellphones of the accused and the deceased on the day of the incident. All the phones were first in the White River and Msholozi towers area. Then the phones’ signals were picked up in the Jerusalem and Masoyi tower areas, also at the same time.

Judge Annemarie van der Merwe found both Mabila and Mathebula guilty of murder in the Mpumalanga Division of the High Court. They were further found guilty of robbery with aggravating circumstances as well as kidnapping. Van der Merwe stated that the pathologists discovered that Myburgh had sustained blunt force trauma to her legs, face and kidneys. There had been a closing or obstruction to her airways, an asphyxiation, thereby excluding a natural cause of death. “It was either smothering or strangulation.” She explained that this had painted a picture of how the crime had happened. “They had staked out Myburgh’s home and when she came out, forced her into her vehicle. Mabila had driven the vehicle while Mathebula must have sat behind with Myburgh, as his fingerprint puts him at the back of the vehicle with the deceased. “This is where he must have assaulted her, as in his statement to police he said that he had told Mabila that there was something wrong with her as her nose was bleeding.” “They had both been responsible for her death. They took her with, therefore kidnapping the deceased and therefore were planning to dispose of her.” In conclusion Van der Merwe stated that the all the evidence put together was overwhelming proof of their guilt.

The case was postponed for pre-sentencing until August 15th and 16th 2019.

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Annatjie Myburgh's Timeline

June 15, 2016
Age 58
Witrivier, Ehlanzeni, MP, South Africa
June 25, 2016
Age 58
Witrivier, Ehlanzeni, MP, South Africa