Touching memorial service for Knight, a ‘legend’

2013-10-26 00:00

THE tranquillity of Himeville’s Kenmo Lake, framed by the Drakensberg, yesterday formed the backdrop to a touching memorial service to pay tribute to Daniel Knight.

The Underberg and Himeville communities came out in their numbers to say goodbye to a man who was always happy to see them in life.

Knight was murdered at his farmhouse last week, beaten with a hammer while his partner Beth Bucher was forced to watch five men attack him.

They later locked her in the bathroom and escaped.

Bucher who was emotional and in tears at times, thanked everyone in the area for the great support they had shown her.

At other times, she was the one comforting others when they wept.

“Don’t cry; let us celebrate his life, our super Dan,” said Bucher as she hugged a friend.

“My special Daniel, your death has left me with a feeling of huge emptiness and anger. I will miss the twinkle in your warm blue eyes and your naughty smile that made me laugh. I love and miss you with all my heart,” said Bucher.

Speakers at the service said Knight was a sportsman who enjoyed canoeing, mountain biking, running marathons and bowling.

Underberg Bowling Club representative Guy Greyling said: “I am not here to retrieve the negative aspect but would like to introduce to you our wonderful memories of Dan. He affected our lives heavily at the club. You never heard a negative word or sentence coming from him,” said Greyling. He added that he was an active member of the bowling community. “He was a very well respected and likeable person; that’s a fact,” said Greyling.

Knight was described as a legend by many in the area who said he helped everyone regardless of whether he knew them.

The large turn-out at the service of community members and employees who worked for Knight was testimony to how he was loved by many.

The tent was too small to accommodate all the mourners. Some chose to bring their own camp chairs, and sat quietly under a nearby tree as the service continued.

“It is sad that our beloved Dan is not here with us. He would have said, ‘It’s good to see you’. We used to spend most of Christmas with him as an extended family member,” said Robert Ross.

The family will be having a private funeral next week, said Bucher.

Three men who were arrested in connection with Knight’s murder appeared in court this week. Tsepiso Sthembiso Ramanyane (20), Bonginkosi Eric Nyawose (33), both from Bulwer, and Thabo Dlamini (22), from Himeville, were charged with murder and robbery with aggravating circumstances for taking property of Knight’s valued at R651 000. They will be back in court on October 30.

• mlondi.radebe@witness.co.za

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