You Magazine reports that a Benoni woman and her husband have been arrested after they murdered and burnt her sister who was terminally ill with cervical cancer.

Debbie Venter, (52) who was diagnosed with Stage 4 cervical cancer in 2019, was murdered by her sister Danieta Van Rhyn (39) and Danieta’s husband, Gert Van Rhyn (39).

The drain in which Debbie Venter ‘s body was found

Debbie’s burnt body was found bound in a drain, with her hands tied to her back,¬† and her mouth gagged.

Police indicated that the late Debbie had received a huge payment from her medical policy and investigations indicated that an amounts of R80 000 was transferred to Gert’s bank account.

Debbie Venter


6 February 2020 – Debbie Venter posts on Facebook asking for someone to take her in

20 March 2020 – Debbie is taken in by Danieta and Gert in their Bronkhorstspruit, Pretoria Home

20 May 2020 РDebbie Is reported  Missing

5 June 2020 – Firefighters Discover Debbie’s Body

4 July 2020 – Danieta and Gert Are arrested for Kidnapping


Danieta and Gert are reported to have hit hard times, with Danieta losing her job as a financial advisor and Gert losing his job at Transnet, where he was a safety inspector.

The couple were now reported to be living in their car.

Please read the full story in this month’s You Magazine – 23 July Issue