Justice for Annie

Westlake Village residents protested for no bail when three suspects appeared at Wynberg Magistrate’s Court on Wednesday September 21.

Westlake Village residents held a vigil for slain Annie Van Rooyen on Thursday September 22.

The previous day they held placards in front of Wynberg Magistrate’s Court demanding no bail for three men who have been arrested in connection with her killing.

Ms Van Rooyen, 33, was last seen by her family on Sunday April 24 going to a nearby shop. She never returned home.

The community organised search parties but found no trace of her.

On Monday September 19, police searched a structure in Flamingo Road, four houses away from where Ms Van Rooyen lived with her family, looking for alleged stolen items. This led to the discovery of the mother of a 16-year-old son’s decomposed body under a bed.

Kirstenhof police arrested three men who are believed to having participated in searches for Ms Van Rooyen over the weeks since she was reported missing.

Kirstenhof spokesperson, Sergeant Deidre Solomon said the three men, aged 27, 31 and 32 are being held at Pollsmoor Prison. The next court date on Tuesday October 18 when a bail application will be heard and “strongly opposed by the detective”.

Councillor Carolynne Franklin said she will continue to follow this case to ensure oversight of the justice process. “I will be instituting ongoing family and fatherhood programmes into Westlake Village to attempt to address GBV, drug taking, and associated crimes.”

Annie Van Rooyen’s remains were found after the young mother had been missing for five months.