Pieter and Eddie Hills Murder
On Thursday, 05th November 2020 at +- 19:00 a group of assailants gained access to the Zwartpan farm, outside Hennenman.The gang overpowered Pieter Hills who was alone at home at the time, and tied him up.
During this time, Pieter’s son Eddi and a friend arrived at the home from Gym. The friend, who regularly gyms with Eddie and usually accompanies him home afterward for a visit, opted not to go into the house this time as she was feeling ill, and left the premises.
Unbeknownst to Eddie, the attackers were still in the house and as he walked unsuspectingly in on them, they grabbed him and a struggle ensued. Eddie was shot in the process, after which they shot Pieter execution-style in the head.
Pieter’s wife Antoinette, and their daughters Rochelle and Carmen, were not home at the time of the attack. At around 05:00 the following morning, Antionette became concerned when she could not raise Pieter or her son, so she contacted the family Housekeeper, Anna Bochedi, and asked her to go and investigate.
Anna, accompanied by another worker Maria Khumalo went to the farmhouse and found their employer brutally murdered. Anne recalls Khumalo screaming: “Boeta is dead” before she fainted. Anna discovered that Eddie was still alive.
Thereafter Anna raised the alarm and a mayday call went out for priority assistance. On arrival, Eddie was stabilised and sent through to Welkom Hospital in a critical condition for further life-saving interventions.
It seems the only items taken were handguns. It is unclear at this stage if Pieter and Eddie were shot with their own weapons.
Investigations so far indicate that the group of attackers took a pathway through the veld after the attack, until they hit the road, after which they took a car to Hennenman.
It seems like they knew the movements of their target and knew that Pieter was alone.