SIX YEARS after the murder of Mrs Jane van Zyl in April 2009 in Bergvliet, West Cape, the trial starts of a Grassy Park convict. Gershwin Hartzenberg on March 4 2014 in the Cape High Court. The trial was started after a determined campaign for justice by her widower Smiley van Zyl, who lodged formal complaints of negligence in a civil action law suit against the South African Minister of Police, its Minister of Justice and its Director of National Prosecution. Van Zyl has asked people to support him in his quest for justice for his murdered wife.
February 28 2014 – as reported in Weslander weekly newspaper: “Smiley van Zyl, whose wife Jane was fatally wounded by a convicted criminal six years ago, is moving to Langebaan with his new wife, Robin-Leanne.
Van Zyl made a vow at his wife’s death bed in April 2008 that he would turn her murder into something meaningful, that she would not have died in vain.
He lodged a civil case against the Minister of Police, Minister of Justice and the Director of National Prosecution for negligence and asks people to support him in his quest for justice.
Van Zyl believes the man who is accused of the murder of Smiley’s wife, a convict named Gershwin Hartzenberg (25) from Grassy Park, should not have been a free man when he committed the heinous act.
According to Van Zyl Hartzenberg had been “well known to the authorities, had a long history of crime, was a potential danger to society, but was still allowed back on the streets only 10 days”– before he
murdered Van Zyl’s. He was released from jail due to yet another ‘misplaced’ docket situation, said Mr Van Zyl.
At the time the Van Zyl couple lived in Bergvliet near Cape Town.
The case has taken nearly six years to get to court, but proceedings are shceduled to start on Tuesday 4 March in the Cape High Court. It’s not mentioned in this article whether Hartzenberg is in prison at the moment.
Smiley has remarried recently. He wrote to Weslander weekly newspaper this week that he and Robin-Leanne, his new wife, have bought property in Myburg Park, Langebaan and hope to move here permanently within the next few months.
He says as a child he often came to Langebaan for holidays with his family and later it also was one of him and his murdered wife’s Jane’s favourite places.
He is asking that others support him in his cause. Van Zyl’s says if successful his case will help to make South Africa a better and safer place for all…
2008 murders and attacks against SA whites: http://afrikaner-genocide-achives.blogspot.nl/2008/12/alphabetic-name-lists-links-murders-on_23.html