UPDATE: Centurion family still trying to find answers

Ruan Viljoen's parents are determined to find answers about his murder. Photo: Chantelle Honiball Photography

The Greyvenstein family are still no closer to finding the person who killed their son, Ruan (18).

Anita Greyvenstein said she and her husband Sergei, had to dig deep into their own pockets to appoint a private investigator to assist the police.

She said up to so far the investigation always hit a setback, ending in a dead-end.

“I am tired of not getting answers. There is always a setback,” said Greyvenstein.

She said the family was doing everything they could to assist the police, but they were always given excuses when they wanted answers.

“If the investigating officer is not sick, then he is on some sort of leave.”

She said they had received the autopsy report, but it was “incorrect”.

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“On the day my son’s body was discovered, we were informed he had a torn aorta because of the impact. [The report also said ] his back and neck had been broken and he died instantly. This report says nothing of the sort.”

Ruan Viljoen’s body was found by ER24 paramedics on Sunday, 19 March, on the N14 freeway in Centurion.

He appeared to have been killed by a hit-and-run driver.

At the time, reports said Viljoen died instantly when his neck and back were broken.

It was discovered Viljoen was involved in a minor accident and he couldn’t move his car from where it got stuck. He then locked it and walked to look for help when he must have been knocked over.

Independent accident reconstruction specialist Tony van der Westhuizen said nothing about the accident was straightforward.

He said car parts found on the scene possibly belonged to a silver Volkswagen Golf 6. The model was between the years 2009 and 2013.

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Van der Westhuizen, whose expertise is recognised by courts, has been roped in by an insurance company to put the pieces of this accident puzzle together.

Other information has also surfaced over Viljoen’s death.

Eyewitnesses claimed to have seen a bleeding man and a metro police officer on the scene.

A couple travelling along the N14, past the spot where Viljoen’s body was found, came forward after reading about Viljoen’s death.

They told Rekord they saw a silver hatchback at the Eeufees off-ramp, heading towards central Pretoria.

“What was peculiar was the car looked like it had been in a major accident but there were no other vehicles on the scene,” said the couple.

Meanwhile, the family has offered a reward for information that might lead to them finding Viljoen’s killer.

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Greyvenstein confirmed the family was willing to offer a substantial reward for any valid information that may help to find those responsible so the family could get closure. She said forensics were currently busy with investigations and she was hoping witnesses would help find the culprits.

“Any factual information would be a huge help.”

She said she would not disclose the amount of the reward as it would tempt those with other motives but said there was a reward for any vital information on the accident.

She said anyone with information could contact her on 083-702-6369.

No comment was received from Wierdabrug police at the time of going to press.

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Jason Milford

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