Mooinooi mastermind dead

Koos Strydom – Photo: Daleen van Manen Kormorant
The so-called mastermind in the gruesome Mooinooi murders, Koos Strydom (54), has died on Friday.

Strydom had been in the Kalafong Hospital since Monday after he was found unconscious in his cell in the Kgosi Mampuru II prison. He was transported to the Kalafong Hospital where he was attached to a ventilator.

According to police spokesperson, Captain Aafje Botma, Strydom died early Friday afternoon when the ventilator was switched off.  Rumours that he attempted to take his own life with either sleeping pills or poison, have not been confirmed by the department but it did say in a statement that “allegations of poisoning” are being investigated.

Strydom, his wife Mercia (23), Alex Modau (36), James (26) and Jack (19) Sithole stand accused of the murders of Joey and Anisha van Niekerk of Mooinooi in December 2017. The two women were raped, tortured and then hanged. Their bodies were burnt.
Koos was also accused of the murder of Amanda Mey of Rustenburg in 2014.
Additional charges were brought against Strydom while he was in prison after it came to light that he had given orders for witnesses to be killed.

In a message on Facebook, a ‘friend’ of Strydom requests people not to make nasty comments as his children were suffering. “They are innocent children that will remember their father as the good father he was before he made mistakes,” the message reads.


Strydom in the Kalafong hospital shortly after he was admitted. Photo supplied.