Etienne Scheepers, whose wife and two children died in October after their car crashed over a cliff at Voëlklip, apparently has a new girlfriend in his life.
Rapport reported that residents of Herolds Bay who spoke to Rapport say they are surprised that Liezel Claasen, 41, who among other things advertises professional massage sessions on Facebook, dropped off her furniture at the 37-year-old widower’s home in the Oubaai estate.
They regularly see Etienne and Liezel driving around in his BMW X5 and Liezel recently started working at his company where his wife, Heidi, 36, also worked.
Heidi and the couple’s children, Cuzette (6) and Hugo (2), disappeared into the sea at Herolds Bay on October 22 this year.
He dismisses talk as nonsense.
The wreckage of their VW Caravelle van was found at the bottom of the cliff at Voëlklip the next day. Hugo’s body – still attached to the car seat – was found near the wreck shortly after. Heidi’s body was found in the sea on October 26, but Cuzette was never found.
The family was due to leave for Mozambique the day after the tragedy, and their bags were apparently packed already.
Neither Ettiene nor Liezel answered Rapport ‘s calls and messages.
Claasen’s ex-wife, James, told Rapport he asked her if she was in a relationship with Scheepers, but she denied it.
“I have to believe my ex-wife,” said the local lawyer.
He thinks his ex-wife and Scheepers “complement each other” about their “extroverted personalities” and they “fit together”.
As for him, his ex-wife stays in the George apartment he bought for her after their divorce.
The investigation continues
Police have begun a post-mortem to determine how the VW Caravelle ended up in the abyss, but there is still no clarity as to how it happened.
The police investigation into the deaths of Heidi Scheepers, 36, and her children, Hugo, 2, and Cuzette, 6, of Herolds Bay has not yet been finalized.
“The investigation is continuing,” says Police spokesman Malcolm Pojie on inquiry. He said police would not reveal further details about the investigation.