Marius Botha (45) was initially believed to have committed suicide in 2016. Five years later, his fiancée Tosca Van Wyk has appeared in court on charges of his murder.

Botha was found dead on the top floor of his Parklands home, with a gunshot wound to the chest on January 22, 2016. At the time, police did not suspect any foul play.

According to Rapport, the couple had had an argument on the day of his death. Table View Police confirmed they were investigating allegations Botha fetched his gun during their fight.

The publication also reported that van Wyk was in a different room when the shot was fired. A second shot was fired and then a third as she allegedly tried to disarm him around 4pm. Police were informed of the incident after 6pm, they confirmed to Rapport.

Rapport also quoted sources alleging there were three unusual inquiries about an insurance policy, an email from Botha’s address requesting a post-mortem transfer of funds, as well as the availability of his death certificate.

van Wyk was arrested in November 2020. She appeared at the Cape Town Magistrate’s Court on Wednesday, January 20 on charges of murder, possession of an unlicensed gun and ammunition, and defeating the ends of justice.

The case has been postponed to February 23 for a regional court date, according to National Prosecuting Authority Western Cape spokesperson Eric Ntabazalila. She is reportedly out on bail of R1000.

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