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R50,000 reward offered in Yolandi Botes murder case

DNA proves Kempton Park guesthouse crime scene is not related, say police

30 July 2021 - 14:02 By iavan pijoos
A wreath-laying ceremony was held in Brakpan in memory of Yolandi Botes. File photo.
A wreath-laying ceremony was held in Brakpan in memory of Yolandi Botes. File photo.
Image: Alon Skuy

The family of Yolandi Botes has offered a R50,000 reward for information that could lead to the arrest and prosecution of the suspects responsible for her murder.

Botes went missing on April 26 after calling an e-hailing service vehicle at Johannesburg’s OR Tambo International Airport. She had travelled from George to Gauteng.

Free State police later confirmed that Botes’s body parts were found in the Vaal River next to Villiers.

A day before her body was found, about 125km away, a receptionist at a Kempton Park guesthouse near OR Tambo airport made another gruesome discovery. When she opened up on the morning of May 3, she walked into an empty and blood-smeared room. Here investigators would later find a knife under a mattress, and a chair, bizarrely wrapped in a blanket, in the shower cubicle.

Private investigator Mike Bolhuis of Specialised Security Services (SSS) was hired by the Botes family to piece together what happened in the week she went missing, and whether there is a link between her murder and the blood-soaked guesthouse room.

Investigations have since revealed the blood found at the guesthouse was not that of Botes, said SSS lead investigator Odette van Staden.

“That scene has been removed from the investigation. It was the DNA of a man found in that room and it has no relation to the murder of Botes,” Van Staden said.

Gauteng police spokesperson Capt Mavela Masondo confirmed the samples taken at the guesthouse did not match those of Botes.

“Police in Gauteng had opened an inquiry pending the DNA results. The inquiry will be temporarily closed while investigations in the case of the murder continue in the Free State,” he said.

Van Staden said there were no leads in the investigation.