A nephew accused of murdering a magistrate has refused bail

Cassidy Hartzenberg made his second appearance in Simon Township Magistrate Court on Thursday, Oct. 6. He is accused of murdering his aunt, Roma van Rooyen, who was a magistrate in Vredenburg, Western Cape.


The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) said the accused is accused of murdering van Rooyen and stealing her car.

Within a week, the state received word that Hartzenberg wanted to withdraw his bail application EWN.

The 18-year-old was remanded in custody until November 8, while the investigation continues.

Hartzenberg allegedly strangled Judge van Rooyen at her home in Marina Da Gama before stealing her car and money.

Her body was discovered by a family member on September 10 and her car was found a day later on Mitchells Plain by the South African Police Service (SAPS).

A few weeks later, the Hawks arrested the magistrate’s nephew at his home in Mitchells Plain on Tuesday 27 September.

Judge van Rooyen’s family said her death was a great loss. Her brother Taswell told SABC News that she inspired everyone and broke down barriers for women in the family. “She was the first to go to university, she was the first to get a degree, and she was just determined,” he said.

“The safety of our judges remains a top priority. Judge Van Rooyen’s untimely death is a devastating loss to our judiciary and our courts. Our sincere condolences to her family, friends and colleagues,” Justice Minister Ronald Lamola said after her death.


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