Solik Case

On 17th February 2017, Nottingham Road police received a report of a missing couple, Christine (57) and Roger Solik (66) from The Bend Country Estate. A concerned neighbour went to investigate and observed that the house was in a state of disarray. When police arrived on scene, they discovered bloodstains in the house and began investigating a case of assault, kidnapping and robbery.  The couple’s vehicle was also missing. At around 07:00, unknown to SAPS members investigating the scene, a passer-by had spotted the body of Christine in the Nzinga River (Impendle) some 70 km away.  SAPS Search and Rescue Units then moved to the area to recover Christine’s body and also searched for Roger but could not find him. The incident then became a murder investigation.

Solik Case

2017
07 April `17, Fri - 09:00

Accused abandon their bail application

Both accused appeared in court and have abandoned their bail applications and will be back in court on the 23rd May 2017.  Some believe that both accused will plead guilty to all charges.  Both accused are remanded back into custody.
17 October `17, Tue - 09:00

Trial – Xolani Brian Ndlovu pleads guilty

6 Months, 25 Days, 7 Hours, 0 Minute
From Arrest till Trial

Xolani Brian Ndlovu pleaded guilty to charges of kidnapping, house robbery and two counts of murder.

17 October `17, Tue - 09:30

Conviction – Xolani Brian Ndlovu

0 Day, 0 Hour, 30 Minutes
From Trial till Conviction

Xolani Brian Ndlovu was sentenced to 10 years for the kidnapping, 15 years for the house robbery and two life terms for the murders.

18 October `17, Wed - 09:00

Trial – Thulani Moses Mthembu

7 Months, 20 Days, 3 Hours, 0 Minute
From Arrest till Trial

Thulani Moses Mthembu stands trial alone since Xolani Brian Ndlovu has pleaded guilty.

27 October `17, Fri - 09:30

Conviction – Thulani Moses Mthembu

9 Days, 0 Hour, 30 Minutes
From Trial till Conviction

Thulani Moses Mthembu is convicted on charges of kidnapping, house robbery and two counts of murder.  He was sentenced to 10 years for the kidnapping, 15 years for the house robbery and two life terms for the murders.

2020
17 October `20, Sat - 20:00

A reflection from Greg Solik

3 Years, 0 Day, 0 Hour, 0 Minute
Since incident occurred

Today marks the 3rd anniversary of the passing of our parents. Although the days are full with the richness of my own family life, and I feel that a new season has arrived, there is still a quiet river of sadness than runs through me. Especially at night, when the outside world settles, my dreams become full of the sounds of this river. It is the river that took their last breaths, that felt their final heartbeats, that muted their screams for help. That river, a place not far from the Kaamberg valley, now lives memorialized in me. Before the turn of this new season, all of this was reflected not only in my dreams, but also my body, which became soft. In my spirit, which could not sing. Today, the new season brings more energy and thus possibilities, and more strength. But the river remains in my heart. To put a tie on, is to be at the river, to submerge myself in water is to be at the river, to receive a telephone call out of the blue, is to be taken to the river, like I was, on 17 February 2017. The river that took my parents is the same the river that runs through me, and my life. I accept this painful reality. But in doing so, I have experienced a great mystery. That the love that has been shown to me and my family can renew and sustain. And that whatever facts we are dealt in this life, the story is always ours for the telling. Thank you for remembering and re-remembering their story. And making new ones with me.

 

Greg Solik

2042
17 October `42, Fri - 09:00

Parole – Xolani Brian Ndlovu

25 Years, 6 Days, 0 Hour, 0 Minute
Until Parole

2 Years, 9 Months, 21 Days, 2 Hours, 26 Minutes
Time served

Expected parole date for Xolani Brian Ndlovu will be the 17th October 2042

27 October `42, Mon - 09:00

Parole – Thulani Moses Mthembu

25 Years, 6 Days, 0 Hour, 0 Minute
Until Parole

2 Years, 9 Months, 11 Days, 2 Hours, 56 Minutes
Time served

Expected parole date for Thulani Moses Mthembu 27th October 2042

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