Who brutally murdered the Soliks?

Murdered Nottingham Road couple Roger and Christine Solik

“Their estate is too far off the road for opportunistic criminals. It had to be someone who knew the property, who was familiar with them, their home and their habits,” said one of the town’s residents.
The couple, who lived in the beautiful, sprawling The Bend Estate on the Lotheni Road, were brutally attacked in the early hours of Friday morning. A concerned neighbour alerted authorities after finding bloodstains in their house when the pair didn’t answer their phones and it was noticed that their vehicle was missing. Christine’s bound, beaten body was later found in the Nzinga River and the couple’s car, a Hyundai IX 35, was found abandoned in the KwaMadlala area at Taylor’s Halt.
After an intensive search, on Monday, her husband’s body was recovered 2km downstream from where his wife’s body had been found. He too had been bound with cables, and like his wife, had a pillowcase over his head.
“The Pietermaritzburg Search and Rescue Dive unit was called by the Impendle SAPS area to help with the search,” said SAPS spokesman Captain Nqobile Gwala.
“They were focusing on the Inzinga river, downstream from where Christine Solik’s body had been found. They eventually found his body three kilometres downstream. Various units from the SAPS such as the K9 Unit, Serious and Violent Crimes, Nottingham Road detectives and other units are also part of the investigative team that are working around the clock on this case said Captain Gwala.
We are also appealing to the community members to assist in identifying the suspects involved in the murders to contact the local police station or our Crime Stop number on 08600 10111.
Detectives have also established that the killers gained access to the couple’s banking codes as money was withdrawn from their bank account at ATMs in the Midlands and on the coast.
An emotional Clive Foss, Nottingham Road Land Owners Association chairperson, said the community was reeling from the tragedy, but he hoped the perpetrators would be brought to book.
“This is an isolated incident, and a shocking invasion of privacy,” he said. He added that they were relieved Roger’s body had been found because it would provide closure for the family, but everyone was “extremely concerned” about the viciousness of the attack and the brutality of the robbers,
Family’s touching tribute
“Our father was beloved for his wicked sense of humour, his kindness and his passion for food and wine. Our mother was the glue that kept us all together with her well-known warmth, and gentle, loving touch.
They were totally devoted to each other, and to our family, which has always remained extremely close even as we have moved to different parts of the country.
While the loss of our parents has shattered our hearts, the generous spirit with which they lived and loved the world will never leave us.
We will always
remember them for this, their gift to the world.”
Christine and Roger Solik were married in Wales in 1980, and travelled to South Africa on a two-year working visa the following year.They never left, having fallen in love with this country. They raised four children here – twins Alexander and Gregory, 32, Jessica, 30 and Brendon, 29 – and leave behind two young grandchildren, Xavier and Lucy

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