Rent feud led to petrol bomb­ing

YouTube, Twit­ter posts re­veal years-long ar­gu­ment over city prop­er­ties

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was threat­en­ing me to sent (sic) his friends along… his words, ‘You don’t know Cape Town.’”

Roys­ton, in turn, posted videos on YouTube about his is­sues with ten­ants.

He also posted a video ti­tled “AK47 with Marvin Roys­ton”, which shows a man, ap­par­ently him, with an im­age of a tar­get which ap­pears to be a sil­hou­ette of Hitler.

Van de Venn ran the adventure com­pany Great African Out­doors and was a di­rec­tor at Ab­so­lut Tours and Sa­faris, while Roys­ton ap­par­ently man­aged ten­ants at var­i­ous prop­er­ties in Cape Town, and also ran tours.

This week a source close to Van de Venn’s fam­ily said Van de Venn and Roys­ton had a volatile his­tory dat­ing back years.

The source said the fight­ing be­tween the duo had died down, but the two had re­cently bumped into one another, which had reignited the hos­til­ity.

Roys­ton ap­par­ently threat­ened Van de Venn, who had then feared for the safety of his fam­ily, es­pe­cially his youngest daugh­ter, aged 3 months.

The source said on Novem­ber 9 Van de Venn went to the Cape Town Cen­tral Po­lice Sta­tion and lodged a com­plaint against Roys­ton.

This week po­lice spokesman Lieu­tenant Colonel An­drè Traut con­firmed to Week­end Ar­gus a case of in­tim­i­da­tion was re­ported that day.

He did not dis­close the iden­ti­ties of the com­plainant and sus­pect.

The source said the day af­ter the com­plaint was lodged, Roys­ton and Van de Venn got into an ar­gu­ment near Van de Venn’s home in May­nard Street, Gar­dens.

Van de Venn then got into his car to re­turn to the po­lice sta­tion to again com­plain about Roys­ton, but the source said Roys­ton had chased him down the road and flung a petrol bomb at the ve­hi­cle.

Van de Venn sus­tained se­ri­ous burns, while Roys­ton sus­tained mi­nor in­juries.

Af­ter a brief time in hospi- tal, Roys­ton was ar­rested.

He then com­mit­ted sui­cide in a po­lice cell.

Var­i­ous on­line posts shed light on some of the prob­lems Van de Venn and Roys­ton had with one another.

On Twit­ter on June 10, 2013, Van de Venn posted the mes­sage: “Hey Marvin, don’t you think it’s time to pay your rent for 44 Rose Street, don’t like wait­ing for my money each and ev­ery month.”

Var­i­ous blog posts and com­ments on YouTube by Van de Venn also de­tailed some of what went on.

One of the posts was headed: “Marvin Roys­ton, Cape Town, !! WATCH OUT !! DAN­GER­OUS.”

In a post dated Au­gust 2013, Van de Venn said he had be­gun work­ing with Roys­ton 18 months be­fore.

Van de Venn also said he helped ar­range ac­com­mo­da­tion for about 100 over­seas stu­dents ev­ery year.

“In the be­gin­ning ev­ery­thing was quite okay, but un­for­tu­nately things es­ca­lated quite a bit the last half year, with him throw­ing stu­dents out of his house with­out rea­son, threat­en­ing stu­dents, not pay­ing de­posits back (I know there are still at least three clients of mine wait­ing for their money), and also he also still owes me quite a bit of money, around ZAR 8 500.”

In another post, dated Oc­to­ber 2013, Van de Venn said he had been stay­ing at one of the premises Roys­ton was run­ning, in Carl Street, Bo Kaap.

“I have been wait­ing for over five months since I stayed (there). I still haven’t re­ceived my de­posit back from Marvin Roys­ton.” Van de Venn said he had re­peat­edly e-mailed Roys- ton, but re­ceived no re­ply.

“This is dis­ap­point­ing be­hav­iour and Marvin Roys­ton is a de­frauder.”

He said Roys­ton threat­ened to “send some bad peo­ple” af­ter him.

A com­ment, un­der Van de Venn’s name, made on Youtube two years ago, showed the rental mat­ter was com­pli­cated.

Van de Venn said Roys­ton was un­law­fully oc­cu­py­ing a prop­erty of his in the BoKaap.

“(He is) not pay­ing the rent, he has a sum­mons now and faces an evic­tion. Prop­erty own­ers be aware!!”

On YouTube, Roys­ton posted videos two years ago about his is­sues with ten­ants.

In one video, ap­par­ently filmed at the Rental Hous­ing Tri­bunal in Cape Town, Roys­ton can be heard telling another man who works there that there were prob­lems at the Bo-Kaap premises.

“I’ve got a land­lord who has changed the locks. All my pos­ses­sions are still in­side… He’s il­le­gally evicted ev­ery­body.”

He had of­fered some al­ter­nate ac­com­mo­da­tion.

Van de Venn also posted a video on YouTube about Roys­ton, but this was not avail­able to view as the YouTube ac­count has been closed.

HANGED: Marvin Roys­ton.

BURNT: Rolf van de Venn.

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