Tributes have flooded in for Nadine Terblanche and her nine-year-old son Ruandré Vorster, who were tragically murdered at their home in Randhart, Alberton. The suspect, a 37-year-old gardener, has been arrested, according to Gauteng police.
Ruandré, a grade 3 pupil at Laerskool Randhart, was remembered fondly by the school, which expressed their condolences: “The Rantie family extends their deepest sympathies to the Vorster and Terblanche families during this difficult time.”
The community of Alberton is in shock, and messages of grief and support have been pouring in on social media platforms. One Facebook user, Morne Swart, shared his emotional response: “What an incredibly emotional day for the community of my hometown, Alberton.
“The murder of an innocent child always elicits the deepest pain. It touches individuals, but it also touches the entire community. Sometimes, words fail to describe the overwhelming disappointment and anger.”
Many others have expressed their sorrow and disbelief, with one person highlighting the chilling fact that the suspect may have been known to the victims: “The most distressing part is that it seems the suspect was acquainted with them. All I can think about is what they must have felt in those terrifying moments.”
Another commenter lamented the timing of the tragedy, saying, “This is a heartbreaking event, and it’s even more devastating that it happened just before Christmas. May the souls of the departed rest in peace, and may justice be served swiftly and severely to this evil individual.”
The outpouring of grief reflects the profound pain and anguish felt by the community. One message echoed the collective sentiment: “We are shattered, Lord. We are at a loss for words. The hurt is too deep, and our country is bleeding. When our tears dry up, we must ask ourselves, when will we find solace again?”
Pardon Danhire, the 37-year-old accused in the double murder case, appeared in the District Criminal Court at Palmridge Magistrate Court on November 30.
Dressed in denim and a black and light white jacket, Danhire declared that he did not wish to be released on bail and consequently abandoned his bail application.
The case has been postponed to January 3, 2024, for further investigation.