Pictured in this Beeld photograph left, are Mrs Gerda Kemp (right), Danolien Postma (left) and Chrisna Hoffman, who told the news media cheerfully that they had arranged a bursary for the housekeeper, Mrs Nndyadzeni Rasivhaga, 19, who together with her lover, farm worker Vincent Singo, 25, has been charged with the murder of their mother, Loen Gronüm (right).
The women recounted the story outside the Pretoria High Court on May 11 after the two accused's case had been moved to November 16.
Beeld journalist Herman Scholtz reports the murdered woman ‘had been busy arranging a bursary for her housekeeper’ when she was murdered'.
Mrs Grönum (71) was murdered on 18 April 2008 on her farm Geluk, near Brits – stabbed to death. Her husband found her bloodied body when he returned from town, where he’d taken farm workers for a shopping trip.
The case was moved to 16 November after the court reportedly refused to accept the accused couple's pleas after they had changed their testimony for a second time and demanded new legal counsel because of their changed testimony. They now blame each other for the murder.
The murdered woman's three daughters said their mother had ‘a zest for life and always helped people. If someone was scratching around for food in garbage tins, she’d go and make them food. She was always collecting clothing for the poor’. The daughters said they knew their mother had been trying to find a bursary for the accused Mrs Rasivhaga who wanted to become a teacher.
So, Mrs Kemp said, they would try to fulfil their mother’s last wish. They also praised the investigating officers, police insp. Moses Mmatli and constable Selina Chengwe for their excellence in policing. Rasivhaga and Singo remain in custody. Source: Beeld [translated]