Facebook posts come back to haunt wife after husband's death
CLUES are being sought as to what drove a young South African woman to allegedly bludgeon her husband to death as he was fishing on the bank of a Zambian lake.
The body of former Secunda resident and Sasol employee, Marius Pienaar, 50, was found on the evening of June 30, four days after he disappeared.
Pienaar vanished while on a fishing trip with his wife, Estie, at Nina Fishing Camp in the Caprivi strip.
The two, who have lived in that country’s northern copper mining town of Solwezi for the past year, were on a week-long holiday.
Pienaar, who worked at Kunsanshi Mine — the world’s third largest copper mine — and his 33- year-old wife appear to have been happily married.
According to Beeld Pienaar was apparently investigating the possibility of buying a fishing camp in the area that he was killed in.
Pienaar’s wife apparently SMSed family members in Secunda, saying that he had disappeared while she was making breakfast.
After his shoes were found on the bank and his fishing rod in the water, initial thoughts were that Pienaar may have been killed by a crocodile.
But, Nicky Rossouw, owner of Nina Fishing Camp, posted on his Facebook page the day after Pienaar’s body was found, saying it was intact and there were no signs of a crocodile attack.
It is believed that marks on the back of his head indicate that he was hit with a blunt object.
On her own Facebook page, Estie Pienaar describes herself as “out of control & at times hard to handle”.
The description of herself goes on to say: “I’m not the girl your mom warned you about — her imagination was never this good! I’m the girl that your EX girlfriend will hate, the girl your mom will love, and the girl you’ll never forget! I’m selfish, impatient & a little insecure, I make mistakes .... if you can’t handle me at my worst, then you sure as hell don’t deserve me at my best!”
Both the alleged murder and subsequent detention of Pienaar are said to have hit both families hard, driving questions about what exactly happened to Marius on the day he died.
Marius’ daughter from a previous marriage, Jeandre, posted on Facebook asking for any of her father’s friends for more information about his death.
“No one knows what is going on because we don’t hear from Estie.”
Department of International Relations and Cooperation spokesman, Nelson Kgwete confirmed that a South African woman had been taken into custody in connection with the murder of her husband.
“She has not yet been formally charged. She was due to appear in court on Tuesday, but the case was postponed to later this month because the magistrate was unavailable,” said Kgwete.
He said although an autopsy had been done the cause of death was still unknown.
“Our embassy officials are following the matter and are in contact with the woman,” he said.