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Wife of murdered NC businessman arrested

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The body of Northern Cape businessman Leon Brits was found floating in a swimming pool last year.

Brigadier Dick de Waal reads the rights to the arrested wife. Picture: Supplied

A 30-YEAR-old woman was arrested at her home in Kakamas on Monday morning after the body of her husband was found floating in a swimming pool on one of their properties last year.

The deceased, Leon Brits, 41, had sustained several stab wounds, while valuables were allegedly taken from the premises at the time of the incident.

Northern Cape police spokesperson Captain Sergio Kock said the wife of the deceased was arrested on Monday in Marchand, Kakamas, at about 8.45am, by the SAPS provincial Organised Crime detectives under the command of Brigadier Dick de Waal, with the assistance of various other stakeholders.

“On October 7, 2020, the body of Leon Brits, which had several stab wounds, was found floating in the swimming pool at one of their properties in Pofadder. Several valuables such as firearms, a cellphone, Krugerrand coins, polished diamonds and cash were allegedly taken from the premises,” said Kock.

He said that the wife of the deceased was expected to appear in the Pofadder Magistrate’s Court on Wednesday, March 31, where she would face charges of murder, aggravated robbery and perjury.

Kock added that one of the three men who were arrested in connection with the murder and robbery was sentenced in the Northern Cape High Court last week.

“One of the accused, Jacques Van Vuuren, 37, entered into a plea agreement and was sentenced on Thursday, March 25. Van Vuuren was found guilty of murder, aggravated robbery and the unlawful possession of a firearm.

“He was sentenced to 25 years, of which five years were suspended, for the murder, 15 years for aggravated robbery and three years for unlawful possession of a firearm. The sentences will run concurrently and he will serve an effective 20 years behind bars.”

Kock said that the other two accused, Amantle Bareki, 24, and Enrich Williams, 34, would appear in the Pofadder Magistrate’s Court on May 17 on charges of murder, aggravated robbery and possession of an illegal firearm.

“The investigation continues.”