Tuks shaken by murder

Johan de Beer, who was murdered at the University of Pretoria Hatfield campus. Photo: Supplied

The family of Johan de Beer, whose body was discovered in a toilet cubicle at the University of Pretoria’s (UP) Hatfield campus early on Wednesday, is still trying to come to terms with the murder of the maintenance manager, musician and poet.

The 64-year-old De Beer was discovered by UP security staff Tuks with a plastic bag tied around his head, hands bound behind his back and in a kneeling position. Staff had launched an all-night search for the grandfather who had failed to return home from work on Tuesday afternoon.

“My mother Coosie had been unable to sleep and is in shock. I really do not know what to say,” Rohan de Beer, eldest son of the deceased, told Rekord.

Evidence of shoe scuff marks at the scene in the Musaion Building where the body was found indicated that there had been a struggle.

When De Beer did not return home after work on Tuesday, his wife, with the assistance of security personnel at the campus, followed the deceased’s last movements on CCTV footage before he disappeared.

Video footage indicated that he had left his office on the campus between 13:30 and 13:45. Shortly before 14:00 he had withdrawn cash from an automatic teller machine on campus.

He walked in a southerly direction and was not seen on video again.

Brooklyn police spokesperson Captain Colette Weilbach said a murder was being investigated.

Employees at the university on Wednesday expressed their shock and outrage at the brutal attack.

According to a statement issued by UP spokesperson Anna-Rheta Bouwer, the university was shocked and saddened by the incident.

She added that the university’s internal investigation into De Beer’s death would continue after the police had completed their investigation.

De Beer is survived by his wife Coosie, son Rohan, daughter Jaconett and one grandchild.

According to Rohan, the family was being inundated with calls from family and friends of his father and the family.

He said funeral arrangements would only be made at a later stage.

Also read: 

UP man allegedly tied up before murder

Body found in toilet at Tuks

Another death at Tuks

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