A much-loved Afrikaans teacher from Hoerskool Monumentpark has been found dead in her home after she was attacked during a brazen robbery. Helga van Wyk was viciously stabbed by her assailant at her Durbanville property, and husband Johann was also badly injured trying to fend off the criminal-at-large.
The incident took place in the Cape Town suburb on Monday morning. SAPS have confirmed that the body of the 62-year-old was discovered by her son when he visited the premisis later in the day. Johann was then rushed to hospital, where he underwent several surgical procedures. The lawyer remains in a critical condition.
Die polisie van Durbanville naby Kaapstad ondersoek die moord op ŉ onderwyseres nadat haar liggaam kort na middernag in haar huis in Proteaweg gevind is. Die vrou, Helga van Wyk was ŉ onderwyseres aan die Hoërskool Monumentpark in Kraaifontein
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Teacher murder in Durbanville – what we know so far:
Police have also confirmed that some of the wounds suffered by Mr van Wyk were in self-defence. There was a confrontation between him and the thug who gained access to their Durbanville home, but the 67-year-old was ultimately overpowered in the struggle.
Crime scene experts have visited the property and carried out extensive forensic tests. There have so far been no arrests, but the investigation is focusing on the theory that it was a one-man attack.
Helga van Wyk mourned by locals
Hoerskool Monumentpark is located in Kraaifontein, a short distance away from the couple’s Durbanville residence. Helga van Wyk was a very popular and highly-appreciated member of staff, who ultimately loved the job she did.
The shocking nature of her death has left the local community reeling. The teacher was declared dead on the scene, and news soon reached some of her students. Touching messages were posted on Facebook, mourning her death:
Durbanville murder: Avoid “fake news”, public urged
Police and local community forums are urging citizens to be responsible when sharing any updates they get about this case. Several different versions of events are circulating, included the alleged death of Johann van Wyk. SAPS confirmed that only Helga has passed away during the robbery.
Anyone with any further information can contact Durbanville Police on 021 970 3801, or reach-out to the Crime Stop hotline on 08600 10111. Any details you believe need sharing with the authorities must be given ASAP, and all calls are treated with the strictest of confidence.