Timeline of events
16 MARCH 2005 Stellenbosch Masters student Inge Lotz is brutally murdered in her flat. Police are convinced that she was battered and stabbed by someone close to her, due to the ‘personal’ nature of the crime.
17 MARCH 2005 The next morning the police interview her boyfriend Fred van der Vyver, a young actuary. Fred gives a full account of his movements the day before, particularly in the late afternoon and early evening when Inge was killed. Fred has a solid alibi.
JUNE 2005 Fred was arrested for Inge’s murder. FEBRUARY – NOVEMBER 2007 Fred is tried for the murder of his girlfriend. Police have no hard evidence to suggest that Fred left his place of work, Old Mutual, on the day of Inge’s murder. However, there is forensic evidence that links him to the crime scene. Judge Deon van Zyl decides that prosecutors have failed to prove that Fred is guilty beyond reasonable doubt.
NOVEMBER 2007 Fred is acquitted on the charge of murder in the Cape High Court.
14 MARCH 2008 The Lotz family launch an R8-million lawsuit against Fred, but withdraw the suit the following year.
MAY 2008 The police who handled the Inge Lotz case are sued for R46-million.
2010 Fred wins the R46-million civil case against the South African Police Service for malicious prosecution. Antony Altbeker publishes Fruit of a Poisoned Tree: A true story of murder and the miscarriage of justice about the criminal trial.
2013 The police overturn the ruling in the Supreme Court of Appeal. Fred takes the matter to the Constitutional Court, but his request is declined.
2014 Brothers Thomas and Calvin Mollett publish their book Bloody Lies: Citizens Reopen the Inge Lotz Murder Case, challenging the assertion that the prosecution’s case was flawed. Filmmaker Matthew Brown’s documentary about the murder is due for release in September.