BOER NATION GENOCIDE TRACKER
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.
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Tears as killer flower seller gets life
A broken man after being sentenced to life imprisonment for the murder of Bergvliet resident Jane van Zyl, city flower seller Gershwin Hartzenberg’s fate was sealed yesterday as he was led past the Van Zyl family to the holding cells in the Western Cape High Court.
While tears streamed down Hartzenberg’s cheeks as his family and supporters bade him farewell, Smiley van Zyl, Jane’s widower, fought back tears of joy and promised to follow through with his vow to his deceased wife that she would never be just “another statistic”.
In the tense Court 8 courtroom yesterday where the Van Zyl supporters and Hartzenberg supporters were forced to squeeze in next to each other, Hartzenberg stood with his hands behind his back in the dock, eyeing only family and friends as Judge Siraj Desai delivered his sentence.
Hartzenberg, who was earlier found guilty on all five charges against him, was sentenced to life imprisonment for murder and theft.