Daughter of murdered Harrismith reverend also in court

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LANI FOUCHÉ

Thea Brits, the daughter of the murdered reverent of Harrismith, Willem Brits, is being prosecuted by the state for various alleged crimes. The National Prosecuting Authority’s Paladi Shuping confirmed to Courant that 24-year-old Thea faces charges of theft and pointing of a fire arm. She is due back in the Harrismith Magistrate’s Court on February 8. Shuping says the details of the charges against her cannot be divulged at this point, as investigations are still underway.

A spokesperson for the Brits-family, Bobby Scherrer, confirmed that Thea already appeared in court twice since her father and fiancé, Gerhardus Vermeulen, was killed last year. He however declined to further comment on the matter. Thea’s brother, Martin, and a co-accused, Elliot Mhlambi, will meanwhile re-appear in court on Friday. They are thought to have killed Willem and Vermeulen and severely injuring Willem’s wife, Dorothea. She is recovering in the Life Pasteur hospital in Bloemfontein.