Ettienne Scheepers has taken legal steps against the administrators of a Facebook page, who have since removed it. Ettienne is the spouse of Heidi Scheepers who died with their two children near Herolds Bay last month.
It is reported that Ettienne Scheepers claims through his attorneys, A Chimes van Wyk, that the page, “Murder she wrote investigations and discussions”, is nothing more than a platform where Ettienne is being grossly defamed and which has caused him grave reputational harm as well as to his business interests.
The administrators of the Facebook page, Theresa Mathews and Chantall Strydom Dobson, were warned in a letter that they are personally liable for what they allow on the page.
A deadline of 2pm on Thursday was given for Mathews and Dobson to comply. There was no trace of the page on Facebook today after the administrators had asked members to urgently remove their comments.
Some of the discussions on the Facebook page accused Scheepers of killing his wife, plotting her murder, having an affair and driving his wife to suicide.
Liza Craig Velthuizen posted on Facebook yesterday:
For each of you who threw stones without making sure of your facts, I hope Etienne Scheepers also has screen shots of ALL your lies, false allegations and comments, and sues seven types of smoke out of you as well … Yes, some of you are on my friends list too !!!!! Even after I explained the situation to everyone, you continued to do so !!!
Scheepers is now seeking financial compensation by way of damages for defamation.
Meanwhile police have called off the search for the missing 6-year-old Cozette Scheepers. The bodies of Hugo and Heidi Scheepers were found in the sea after they went missing on October 22.
At the weekend, family and friends paid their last respects during a memorial service at Eden Place Church.
Police spokesperson Malcolm Pojie said this week there would still be sporadic patrols along the coastline.
Ettienne denied rumours at the end of last month of insurance fraud, financial problems, physical abuse and an extramarital affair.
More: Cape Times