Shocking! World-Renowned SA Author Brutally Murdered In Her Wellington Home


The lifeless body of renowned writer Winnie Rust, 76, was found in her home in Wellington on Wednesday afternoon.

Rust’s body was found by her husband yesterday in their home on Third Avenue in Uitsig where the couple had shared for more than 6 decades.

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Reports say Rust’s husband, 87-year-old Dr Matthew Rust, woke up to the sound of the bell at the gate at about 15:30. He got out of bed to see who was at the gate, but was greeted by the the sight of his wife lying dead on the kitchen floor.

The deceased had injuries on her face while her hands and feet were bound.

Uitsig residents say the area had been plagued by burglaries for some years now.

On May 8 2013, a couple Daan en Erka Rousseau, were also killed in their home in Uitsig.

While on February 7 2005, Lisbé Smuts-Smith, who was also a well-known personality in literary circles, was killed in Burg Street, very close to the latest incident.

Speaking for Wellington police, Lieutenant Basil Seekoei, confirmed that a case of murder was under investigation, but no arrests have been made so far.

Winnie Rust

Winnie Rust as a resident in Wellington resident was closely involved with the history of the respective communities in the area among other things.

She was also an internationally acclaimed author through the popularity of her books including Margie van die Seminary en ander verhale, Martha gravin van Stamford and Trek.

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One of her books, Martha gravin van Stamford (a story about the black countess of Stamford) was shortlisted for the Jan Rabie/Rapport Prize in 2005.

Winnie Rust

In 1954 while Rust’s late father CP van der Merwe was the rector of the Hugenote College, she was the head girl of Hoërskool Hugenote.

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