Louisa (van der Merwe) Koekemoer & Kobus Koekemoer


Dear readers, we have another contribution by Harper Blythe, this time about the cruel child killers Louisa (van der Merwe) Koekemoer and Kobus Koekemoer. Thank you, Harper Blythe.

Tiny little Poppie van der Merwe (3 years old) was an extraordinarily beautiful little girl, with lovely blond curls. She had exquisite, big blue eyes with a will to live and thrive in this unforgiving world, if only she had been given the opportunity to do so.

Little Poppie van der Merwe was slowly and systemically beaten, tortured, starved, abused and neglected by her biological mother Louisa (van der Merwe) Koekemoer, and her stepfather, Kobus Koekemoer.

Little Poppie had a five-year-old brother and sixteen-year-old sister who also suffered unthinkable abuse at the hands of the monstrous pair. They lived in Orania, South Africa. Louisa married Kobus approximately a year before little Poppie died. Kobus worked as a handyman. They were very poor and the community assisted them.

poppievIn April 2016, little Poppie was sent to a day care facility for a short while where a teacher noticed marks and bruises on her frail little body. Poppie told her teacher that they had hurt her (Louisa and Kobus). The teacher took pictures of the bruises, some reports say that she lodged a complaint with child services others say that she didn’t.

Whenever anybody noticed bruises and marks on little Poppie’s body, Louisa would lie and say that she had fallen or somehow hurt herself.

A neighbour witnessed several instances of abuse inflicted on Poppie and her brother including how they were hosed down with icy cold water on a cold winter’s day. The neighbour made several reports to child services in Orania but nothing ever came of it. One day, abruptly, the family moved away to Brits where the abuse got worse.

On 25 October 2016, little Poppie van der Merwe’s tiny body could no longer take the constant and prolonged abuse. She was taken to hospital but she was already dead and rigor mortis had set in. The attending doctor noticed Poppie had bruises all over her tiny body and that her private parts were swollen and bruised. She was only wearing panties and her hair had been cut very close to the scalp. She had died from blunt force trauma.

Kobus Koekemoer was arrested at the Brits hospital and about a month later, Louisa was also arrested. They were both charged with four counts including murder. The evil pair pleaded not guilty to all charges in the Gauteng High Court (Pretoria), South Africa.

During the trial, the monstrous pair blamed each other for the abuse. Kobus changed his story many, many times.

Louisa and Kobus gave different versions of how little Poppie died. The autopsy report stated that she died from a massive blow or several massive blows to the head.

Louisa testified that Kobus would frequently brutally assault Poppie and during the horrific attacks he would kick her in the stomach and slam her head against the kitchen cupboard. According to Louisa, Poppie would play dead during the attacks in order for the beatings to stop. When Poppie did this, Kobus would say to Louisa, “She’s playing dead again.”

kobus-louisaThe Judge asked Louisa if it was possible that Poppie lost consciousness, and her reply was that she never checked. Kobus in turn stated that Louisa had flung Poppie against the wall after she had soiled her bed.

Kobus Koekemoer showed zero emotion during trial when images of beautiful Poppie were displayed in the court room.

On 6 December 2017, Louisa (van der Merwe) Koekemoer and Kobus Koekemoer were both found guilty of the murder of Poppie plus two counts of child abuse for the other two children. Little Poppie was a battered child and she had suffered violent abuse for approximately 8 months prior to her death. The judge had very stern words for authorities in Orania as they had grossly failed Poppie. Many were aware of the abuse, there were clear signs and they all shifted the blame and thought that the other was attending to it. The judge stated that they could all be seen as accomplices to Poppie’s passing.

The judge also stated that Louisa and Kobus blaming each other during trial implicated them both as it meant they both participated in the abuse and neither attempted to stop the other.

Upon Poppie’s death, her brother and sister were taken to a place of safety. They must be extremely traumatised as they too suffered the same abuse at the hands of Louisa and Kobus. Poppie’s little brother testified during trial that, on the morning of Poppie’s death, Kobus had placed Poppie’s head in the toilet, and after that she just lay there on the floor, motionless.

Louisa (van der Merwe) Koekemoer & Kobus Koekemoer seemed to take great pleasure in the violent abuse and neglect of Poppie. Sweet angel Poppie died a slow and agonising death at the hands of this monstrous pair. Her time on this earth was short, sad and brutally painful and no one should ever have to live like this. I sincerely hope this monstrous pair rots in prison for the rest of their miserable lives and that they would suffer the same anguish as little Poppie had.

Little Poppie had nowhere to turn, no one to protect her from the constant blows and kicks, there was no escape, she was helpless and tiny and those that she had told about the abuse did nothing, my heart feels so sad to try to image what she must have experienced. I’m so very sorry that this has happened to you little Poppie, I hope you are at peace now little one.

Pre-sentencing will take place on 28 February 2018.

13 Responses to Louisa (van der Merwe) Koekemoer & Kobus Koekemoer

  1. Alabamdeb says:

    “I sincerely hope this monstrous pair rots in prison for the rest of their miserable lives and that they would suffer the same anguish as little Poppie had.”


  2. Epi says:

    I’ve rarely seen a more evil looking man than Kobus. Wow…what that “mother” seen in him is impossible to understand.

    • Tom Daly says:

      Sickening. These people-sorry, ANIMALS-need to be sterilized

      • DK says:

        No need to insult animals…these are monsters!!!

        • Tom Daly says:

          Do you agree that they need to be sterilized though

          • Trixie05 says:

            DK was not telling you not to insult the abusers, or really even disagreeing with your comment. He humorously suggested not comparing them to animals as it would be unfair to the actual animals out there. He was light heartedly saying that these two are way worse than animals, he wasn’t saying that you were wrong, and they they aren’t animals…

  3. Bengalpuss. says:

    That poor little girl was probably sexually abused also, otherwise why were her genitals swollen. Pair of sick evil Fucking Bastards. The so called mother obviously thought her new penis was more important than beautiful little poppy. Here’s hoping that there is some justice in this world and somebody abuses these 2 cunts 100 times worse than what they did to poppy.

  4. Mary says:

    Poor sweet Poppie, you just want to reach back in time and protect this beautiful little child, it’s so very sad. I’m so tired of these “mothers” who don’t protectn their own children, I hope she has nightmares for the rest of her life. They should castrate Kobus as he obviously molested this little girl too.
    Why couldn’t the teacher turn these pieces of poo in to police instead of just taking pictures? This is just heartbreaking! I couldn’t live with myself knowing that child had to go home with bruises all over her, I would’ve called the police. At least her sister and brother are hopefully doing well….

    • Tom Daly says:

      Darn right if I noticed a child covered in cuts and injuries I’d be onto the social AND the police! How these people could look after children, I will never understand they need to be sterilized! And I hope it happens sooner rather than later

  5. BeenThere says:

    Sick twisted assholes.

  6. Brightstarlites says:

    This beautiful little angel looks like she had been crying before her picture was taken and you can see the faint marks of bruises on her chest and her right arm below the sleeve. I’ll be watching for the outcome this month for this hell beastly pair, may they rot in prison and in hell. RIP Poppie, little angel

  7. Sarah says:

    What a stunningly beautiful little girl poppie is. Wow how could anyone harm such an angel. I’ll never understand….

  8. jeff hoehne says:

    tears in my eyes

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