Man accused of murdering Cape Magistrate case postponed

The case against the 18-year-old accused of the murder of the Vredenburg Magistrate, Romay van Rooyen has been postponed.

Cassidy Hartzenberg appeared in the Simon’s Town Magistrate court on Thursday, and it was revealed that he is a family member of Van Rooyen.

The court also heard that he was a pallbearer at the magistrate’s funeral. The 50-year-old was found dead in her home in Marina Da Gama, on the 10 September 2022 and her vehicle was missing.

Police Minister, Bheki Cele who attended court proceedings confirmed that Van Rooyen died due to a lack of oxygen and not from a gunshot wound.

“Things such as the motive are discussed in court, for now we must just wait. Investigations are continuing and maybe they might take us to other places but with him, we are confident that we got the right person.

“We believe the information with police is strong, and it seems that the suspect is a close relative to the deceased. They were speculating that perhaps it was one of the criminals that were trailed by her, but we have no evidence of that at the moment.”

The case has been postponed to 6 October for further investigations and bail applications.


Done By: Mitchum George


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