[FROM THE ARCHIVES] Back from Brazil
𝗧𝗵𝗶𝘀 𝘀𝘁𝗼𝗿𝘆 𝗼𝗿𝗶𝗴𝗶𝗻𝗮𝗹𝗹𝘆 𝗮𝗶𝗿𝗲𝗱 𝗼𝗻 𝟭𝟱 𝗡𝗼𝘃𝗲𝗺𝗯𝗲𝗿 𝟮𝟬𝟮𝟬. If he didn’t do it, why did he run? For almost a decade, murder accused Gerhard Jansen van Vuuren evaded capture. In 2014, Carte Blanche told the story of the cold-blooded killing of his ex-girlfriend, 25-year-old Andrea Venter. She had been stalked, held captive, tortured and then brutally killed in full view of security cameras and witnesses at her home. Video footage showed Jansen Van Vuuren trying to slit his own throat as he lay waiting to be apprehended. We recounted how justice seemingly failed the deceased as police ignored her appeals when Jansen van Vuuren violated a protection order and was released on R15000 bail when his case went on appeal. He pleaded not guilty. But from the prosecutor to the investigating officer, even to Interpol – law enforcement never gave up their relentless pursuit of justice. Now we recount the dramatic developments after the accused skipped bail, left the country on a false passport and disappeared in South America.