Police are digging on at Blythedale Beach on the North Coast today in a new search for the remains of young victims of paedophile, Gert van Rooyen.
— Dasen Thathiah (@DasenThathiah) June 15, 2017
Six or more girls are are suspected to have been kidnapped and murdered by Van Rooyen and his partner, Francina Harhoff in the late 80s. The girls disappeared about three decades ago.
The offences came to light after a victim escaped and told police that she was kidnapped, drugged and sexually assaulted over several days by the couple.
Van Rooyen shot and killed Harhoff during a police chase before he killed himself in 1990.
Forensic investigators have been combing the Blythdale beach for the victims’ remains.
Meanwhile victims’ family members gathered to witness the search and hope they could finally get closure.
Dave Savides, Zululand Observer’s News Editor witnessed the first day of search.
“The police had availed themselves of the use of machinery from the municipality – they had been informed that a body or bodies might be buried next to the pipeline that goes to the sea off the beach. So, they were excavating along the pipeline,” he said.
“Initially when the girls went missing – there was talk that one of them had made a phonecall from the North Coast. This then honed to St. Lucia where there were a number of police efforts in search of a house there and they brought in forensics and sniffer dogs. All the investigations came to nothing. There was also a lot of talk that people higher up in the chain of command were blocking the investigation,” he said.
Savides also spoke to the family of one of the missing girls.
Police are currently not commenting on the excavation.
Forensic services are currently at the site in Blythedale where it's believed the victims of paedophile Gert van Rooyen are buried pic.twitter.com/yKBCidX1qk
— Jarryd Subroyen (@Jazz_Subs031) June 15, 2017