Parliament Offers Condolence To Murdered Author Winnie Rust’s Family


Opposition party, Inkatha Freedom Party has expressed it condolences to the family of murdered Wellington author Winnie Rust.

The party made a special mention of the acclaimed writer in Parliament on Thursday. IFP MP Narend Singh asserted that Boland town and the country at large is yet to overcome the pains and agony of the writer’s shocking death.

Author Winnie Rust’s Death

77-year-old Winnie Rust was found dead by her husband on the kitchen floor after the sound of the bell at the gate woke him up around 15:30 in Third Avenue, Uitsig, on May 11.

Her husband, Dr Manie Rust, 87, also found her with injuries on the face, with her hands and feet bound.

Tannie Winnie, as she was affectionately known, was popular in the community and has been laid to rest. During the service, her husband, Manie, stared blankly at her wooden coffin, which was covered with white lilies.

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Also, in the course of the gloomy event, Rust’s contribution to the Wellington community, including her involvement with the Wellington Hugenote school choir, was highlighted.

The acclaimed writer was closely involved with the history of the respective communities in the area. Her books include Margie van die Seminary en ander verhale, Martha gravin van Stamford and Trek.

In 2005, her book, Martha gravin van Stamford was shortlisted for the Jan Rabie/Rapport Prize.

Following her death, the police has nabbed two people – an 18-year-old local hero, Nigel Plaatjies, together with a 34-year-old man, Johannes Plaatjies believed to be his uncle.

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It was found that before Winnie Rust’s death, she was helping the young suspect financially after she noticed how he excelled at sports.

Meanwhile, the murder case of the two Wellington residents accused of killing author Winnie Rust has been postponed to June 7 to allow Johannes, aged 34, to appoint a legal aid lawyer.