Businessman decapitated

Robin Kemper and his wife Melanie.

Two people appeared in the Bellville Magistrate’s Court after being linked to the death and kidnapping of a prominent businessman, whose decapitated body was found on Friday evening October 27.

The body of Robin Kemper, the managing director for Infovest, who was reportedly hijacked at an ATM in Claremont, was discovered under a bridge in Touws River after his wife had reported him missing on Tuesday October 24.

Provincial police spokesperson, Captain FC Van Wyk, said their investigation led to the arrest of two suspects, a 47-year-old man and 32-year-old woman, who was brought in for questioning and detained at the Rondebosch police station.

“Sterling investigation carried out by detectives at the Rondebosch police station led to the arrest of two suspects. The suspects were then brought in for questioning and detained at Rondebosch SAPS on the charge of kidnapping,” Captain Van Wyk said. “Due to the dedicated investigation of Rondebosch detectives the two suspects can be linked to the missing person, kidnapping and disappearance of the victim,” Captain van Wyk added.

The National Prosecuting Authority’s Western Cape spokesperson, Eric Ntabazalila, confirmed that the accused Gary Peckham, 47, and Hundra Wallendorf, 32, appeared briefly in the dock on Monday and that the matter had been postponed to Friday November 24 for a formal bail application.

“They are charged with murder and further charges may be added at a later stage,” he said.

The family were too traumatised to speak to the media and referred all queries to Mr Kemper’s company.

Justin Wheatley, the chief executive officer of the StatPro Group, of which Infovest is a South African subsidiary, said in a statement: “Robin, who was a good friend of mine and many people across StatPro, was also very well-known throughout the South African investment management community. As a successful entrepreneur, he founded several businesses and was much admired and respected.”