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Farmer leaves about R30m to children's home

2012-07-31 08:32

Johannesburg - A murdered farmer has left his entire estate of R35m to a children’s home in Potchefstroom - much to the surprise and delight of the head of the Abraham Kriel children’s home.

At van der Merwe, 68, was killed in April on his farm Bloemhof in the North West. He was unmarried and had no children, reported Beeld.

Van der Merwe apparently once told someone near a collection tin for the home that he would not give any money now because “they will one day get enough”.

Catharien Saayman, head of the children’s home, said: “I couldn’t believe it; I lay awake many nights, every now and then looking at the will on my night stand. We are terribly grateful.”

The money would go into a trust to determine the best way for it to be spent.

Van der Merwe had no link to the children’s home and apparently lived a reclusive life on his farm.

He had a twin sister who died at birth and an older sister who died in a car accident when she was young.

After his death, Van der Merwe’s nine farms and possessions were sold at an auction for R26m.

This did not include harvest money, investments and cars. When the estate was wrapped up, the home would receive around R30m, a lawyer said.

No one had been arrested in connection with his murder.

Comments
  • zacharias.delange - 2012-07-31 08:42

    that is amasing...how lucky are those kids...

      Kirchner Van Deventer - 2012-07-31 09:13

      Jack, the fact that those kids are in an orphanage means they don't have any relatives...

      annie.botha.50 - 2012-07-31 09:20

      @Jack you are an idiot. Who gives a S..t what colour the children are they are in the home for a reason and they need whatever help they can get, and the article never said what colour they are just the name of the home.

      peter.ndamase - 2012-07-31 09:24

      This truly changes the perception about farmers. A golden heart indeed.

      angie.farr81 - 2012-07-31 09:38

      Lucky indeed Zach it paves a way for a better up bring (better I mean by improved conditions)... Jack on the other hand, it's clear you don't realise how many white children are in orphanages in South Africa... Do yourself a favour and go visit them! You refering to the black relatives just like some South Africans refer to our white relatives in Apartheid... clearly your level of thinking is the same as theirs... Are you perhaps a politician?

      rudie.vanpletzen - 2012-07-31 09:46

      Jack you are a real sad person, Kids are kids no matter what color. No one in this world are born racist, you choose to become one. Back of troll.

      andrew.hendrikse - 2012-07-31 09:51

      @Jack...You're an embarrassment to other whites!!

      Lungani - 2012-07-31 10:02

      I am sad of his death and why someone killed this person and for what?; though pleased he donated such resouces to the orphanage home. Please get the killers and keep them somewhere forever before they continue this barbaric activities somewhere else. You must also sometimes investigate those who purchased the properties if they were involved in getting thier wish or the property.

      klippies.coke.7 - 2012-07-31 10:05

      RIP oom At, you have changed the lives of a few generations.

      themba.thwala.98 - 2012-07-31 10:44

      Sean, you must bear in mind that in African culture children equated to “wealth”, as in more hands to help herd cattle, till the land, etc. When that system was destroyed by your relatives and men were forced to pay poll tax and work for money and stay in pigsties called hostels, their children were denied decent education and became cheap slave labour for farmers. Those generations kept breeding and the cycle kept repeating itself because the poor and uneducated don't know any better. Now you can go and blame Verwoerd for that. The ANC is now rewarding its uneducated supporters with child support and other grants for carrying with breeding. That equates to vote for them. But for that you can blame the ANC too for cashing in on the stupidity that was institutionalised by your oupa Verwoerd. Now go on and invite as many retards as you know to click `dont like,` as long as you know that`s not going to change the facts. If you know any educated blacks, ask how many kids they have - 2, at most 3 that they can afford!

      Raymond - 2012-07-31 11:22

      Peter Ndamase, what perception is that?

      arend.weideman - 2012-07-31 11:52

      Themba.thwala I can agree with most. But Verwoerd was not family :). We need to educated the uneducated and he gave them a change to be educated with this gift.

      themba.thwala.98 - 2012-07-31 14:50

      Agreed :)

      merven.halo - 2012-08-01 07:38

      "stay in pigsties called hostels, " It only turned into pigsties because the inhabitants didn't clean after themselves. My grandma always said, being poor gives you no reason to be dirty.

  • bond.ndalo - 2012-07-31 08:48

    True Angel......

  • Kkrutch - 2012-07-31 08:52

    Sad man. A guy with a heart that big and he gets murdered. I hope they catch the killer/s. That home is well-sorted now, I just hope the funds get managed properly and it doesn't go the usual SA way of fraud and corruption.

      nosiphom.mazibuko - 2012-07-31 09:18

      And nail the bastards to the wall. It is such a sad thing. Where are the farmer bashers who usually spread hate speech here now??

      Lungani - 2012-07-31 10:02

      I am sad of his death and why someone killed this person and for what?; though pleased he donated such resouces to the orphanage home. Please get the killers and keep them somewhere forever before they continue this barbaric activities somewhere else. You must also sometimes investigate those who purchased the properties if they were involved in getting thier wish or the property.

  • Leah - 2012-07-31 08:56

    What a mix of emotions. Sad that he was murdered; but happy for the kids.

      Lungani - 2012-07-31 10:03

      I am sad of his death and why someone killed this person and for what?; though pleased he donated such resouces to the orphanage home. Please get the killers and keep them somewhere forever before they continue this barbaric activities somewhere else. You must also sometimes investigate those who purchased the properties if they were involved in getting thier wish or the property.

  • paul.makhudu1 - 2012-07-31 08:58

    i hope they find those bastards who did these!any death is one death too many! natural death we understand but you find those lazy morons who hide their actions behind unemployment and poverty, what have they gained by killing him??

      richard.hipkin - 2012-07-31 09:03

      Nothing, it is us who has lost much.

      arthur.hugh - 2012-07-31 09:39

      Well said Pointblank, and true.

      Lungani - 2012-07-31 10:03

      I am sad of his death and why someone killed this person and for what?; though pleased he donated such resouces to the orphanage home. Please get the killers and keep them somewhere forever before they continue this barbaric activities somewhere else. You must also sometimes investigate those who purchased the properties if they were involved in getting thier wish or the property.

      ansone.venter - 2012-07-31 11:08

      Speaking of unemployment... all his workers are now homeless and unemployed. Ever thought how farm attacks affects the rest of the people living of that farm?

  • sekwati.robinson - 2012-07-31 09:02

    absolutely amazing...selfless...

  • Nyiks11 - 2012-07-31 09:06

    That man Van had a big heart , he did not deserve to die that way

  • karen.veldsman.3 - 2012-07-31 09:08

    I hope the home use some of the money to bring this gentleman's killers to justice !!

  • ben.bezuidenhout - 2012-07-31 09:11

    Sad story

  • kevin.pitzer - 2012-07-31 09:11

    If they have bells is heaven I would say "Give that man a Bells !"

  • sharon.truebodyvice - 2012-07-31 09:12

    That is pure love for your fellow man(in this case children) and of course the person who did this to him will not have much in his life...karma is a bitch

  • fanie.viljoen.73 - 2012-07-31 09:13

    Bitter Sweet. Grate full for the Childrens home, poor man, what a life was that?

  • cristina.salva.7 - 2012-07-31 09:14

    A man with a goldern heart!...so sad you had to leave this world in such a cruel way!!!

  • nhla.prv - 2012-07-31 09:16

    May his soul rest in peace .

  • alu.ntsandeni - 2012-07-31 09:18

    I hope this money won't fall into the wrong hands which won't use it for it's intended purpose.

      sean.howlett.71 - 2012-07-31 10:24

      I thought the same , let`s hope it doesn`t happen :)

  • nosiphom.mazibuko - 2012-07-31 09:20

    What irony - check this one: "Cape Town - Patrice Motsepe donated R1.2m to hip hop mogul Russell Simmons' Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation in New York on Saturday, reports Destiny Man. The local billionaire was among a number of celebrities who donated a total of R16m to the foundation to help poor children in the United States learn artistic skills."

      charmaine.paterson1 - 2012-07-31 09:30

      That just makes me sick to the pit of my stomach. Charity should begin at home.

      richard.sloman.5 - 2012-07-31 09:36

      Clearly the US has better tax benefits than good old SA... Amazing selfless gesture by At...

      Nyiks11 - 2012-07-31 09:38

      aaaaah Mr Motsepe , that money you could have donated to the Friends Of the Youth League . They too are poor children who need to learn some artistic skills

      Frankly - 2012-07-31 09:41

      yeah, but can't donate to your own country. what a tosser!

      themba.thwala.98 - 2012-07-31 10:00

      You may also want to do your research and avoid unfairly attacking others based on ignorance. On 11 Nov 2011, the Sunday World on line reported that “Executive Chairman of African Rainbow Minerals, Patrice Motsepe, yesterday donated more than R23 million to various organisations as a way of giving back tp the community. The money will be for women and youth empowerment projects as well as development in rural and poor urban areas.”

      maylani.bezuidenhout - 2012-12-07 09:56

      I was just going to say, Motsepe is well-known for giving a great deal to charities here in SA.

  • Harold Chisimba - 2012-07-31 09:34

    OOO YEES! Wat apleasant and plausible hospitality,May his soul enjoy with angels in paradise.

      rudie.vanpletzen - 2012-07-31 10:22

      Nice words man.Agree there.

  • liam.costello.50746 - 2012-07-31 09:36

    and a legacy he shall leave.

  • Andries Alberts - 2012-07-31 09:37

    1 farmer 9 farms, food security's on a slippery slope indeed

  • arthur.hugh - 2012-07-31 09:38

    What an awesome guy. Tip my hat to you sir.

  • avu.sibinda - 2012-07-31 09:39

    i hope this gentleman's story makes headlines ,people need to know not all farmers are bad people & i hope SAPS can find his killers very soon & punish them accordingly , i just hope all this money will be used wisely & the intended recepients will benefit

      Tony Lapson - 2012-07-31 11:08

      Wouldn't even matter if farmer is a good person, the ANC needs something to blame. These murders will continue until there is no one left to blame, and that's when real civil unrest will occur.

      martin.britchford.5 - 2012-07-31 16:37

      he was good and was still murdered, thats the problem, people out there are killing them willy nilly, people lose their homes and jobs when the farmer dies.. i hope the money doest fall into the wrong hands

  • jacques.marais.925 - 2012-07-31 09:47

    Now this is a MAN. Take my hat of to him !

  • lmarx2 - 2012-07-31 09:48

    This is an amazing story...what a kind man. Just extremely tragic that he died the way he did.

  • jacques.marais.925 - 2012-07-31 09:48

    Jack go f--k yourselve you stupid idiot

  • denis.dendrinos - 2012-07-31 09:53

    Even in death he does more for SA than the oxygen stealing, usless, non-contributing, violent, brainless and overall useless carbon life forms who murdered him!

  • leqabanyo - 2012-07-31 09:54

    GOD works in mysterous ways. May he bless At's soul.

  • avuyile.mali.7 - 2012-07-31 09:58

    Though murdered, his spirit will live on.... And this gift will haunt his murderers like nothing ever seen in this world.

  • leigh.wassermann - 2012-07-31 10:00

    how long before someone embezzles the R30M he has so kindly given?

      denis.dendrinos - 2012-07-31 10:44

      know it's unrelated to article - but loving the profile pic! Yeaaah sharks!

  • Lungani - 2012-07-31 10:01

    I am sad of his death and why someone killed this person and for what?; though pleased he donated such resouces to the orphanage home. Please get the killers and keep them somewhere forever before they continue this barbaric activities somewhere else. You must also sometimes investigate those who purchased the properties if they were involved in getting thier wish or the property.

  • ndou.miranda - 2012-07-31 10:02

    Wow, they are really good people out there. His soul has indeed rested in peace.

  • Harold Chisimba - 2012-07-31 10:07

    KLAP KLAP KLAP! WAT ARECOMMENDABLE EXAMPLE OF TRUE AND SWEET CHRISTIANITY.( Am noding my head thrice and cast my eyes into the sky and feel His greatness)

  • preshen.govender.90 - 2012-07-31 10:08

    A true hero

  • ian.d.samson - 2012-07-31 10:08

    Invest the capital and get monthly interest. That way they'll never run out of money!

      peta.steyn - 2012-12-07 11:25

      invest it offshore... the way SA's economy is looking, they'll make a nice profit due to the exchange rate.

  • Bheki Mpofu - 2012-07-31 10:16

    I wish i do the same.What a humane and selfless gesture shown by Sir Van Der Merwe.

  • leoni.smith - 2012-07-31 10:18

    I know Oom At personally and he was a great man, and a terrific farmer. I am so angry, I do not understand why he had to be murdered, and the police in this town will never make any arrests. I'm so sad and disappointed about this whole situation. But this is South-Africa, keep on murdering the people who grow and make sure you have food. Let`s see where it all ends up. :-(

      merven.halo - 2012-08-01 07:59

      I used to know Oom Attie from seeing while I was working at a garage on Potch, what I do remember well is he was always such a gentleman and down to earth. Never fancy cars or big bragging about anything.

  • sean.efstratiou - 2012-07-31 10:46

    Now that's what you call leaving a Legacy behind, those kids will always remember At van der Merwe and so will all the future kids of that orphanage. I salute you sir may you rest in peace

  • fatima.shaikjee - 2012-07-31 10:53

    To my replies I did not say Abraham Kriel childrens home is doing anything bad.... A governement owned childrens home in my community is totally misusing donations and the millions that is donated by the government... I just hope the money gets used for its purpose n that big amount not to make them greedy for themselves

      audrey.sabag - 2012-08-01 10:51

      Fatima, my brother and sister had to go to that orphanage. what they experienced there will never leave them. I have absolutely NO DOUBT that they will blow the money. While I am sure some of the money will go to the children. Majority of it will be dealt between the higher powers. I feel really sad that such a good deed has brought about so much pain for family. And as they say. no good deed shall go unpunished. Watch the press in a few months time.

  • menzi.kubayi - 2012-07-31 11:02

    may his soul rest in peace, wow what a good samaritan

  • azande.futhi - 2012-07-31 11:03

    So touching. This is truly a gesture worth commemorating for many years to come. When you talk of a "hero", this man is. I salute you sir. Its sad that he wont be there to experience the good things his well earned estate will do. May his Soul Rest In Peace.

  • norman.motlhabani - 2012-07-31 11:08

    This is amazing, let us not look at the colour

  • fatima.shaikjee - 2012-07-31 11:33

    Am wondering why my comment on what's happening in a governement childrens home that I know is taken off... Quite shocked...is sum1 from government perhaps embarressed....

  • smalefane - 2012-07-31 11:39

    Put aside our differences, skin colour, politics...just shows we could all make a difference. Amazing man.

      nompumelelo.madonda - 2012-07-31 16:28

      So very true! My his soul rest in peace and hope his killers get caught and rot in prison.

  • adriaan.booysen - 2012-07-31 11:44

    We have also recently launched an initiative through the 4x4Community.co.za forum to help the Abraham Kriel children's home in Nylstroom. These children deserve all the help they can get and anyone with some time, clothes, money or food on their hands should really think about helping one of these homes. A small gesture could change their lives. I must unfortunately also remind the cockroaches on here, squabbling about money, race and even some political stuff that they should take note that this guy tried to avoid exactly all that nonsense by giving everything he had directly to the children's home. Have some respect and take your discussions somewhere else! I surely hope the money gets spent well and hope that those children get a chance to have a better future. Personally I have no reason to doubt that. Oom At have shown us that there is still people around that is not ruled by selfishness and greed. He asked nothing in return. Well done Oom At! You have all my respect and have died a hero!

      makabongwe.radebe - 2012-07-31 16:06

      Could'nt have said it better myself Adriaan.In my books you are also a hero!

  • lisa.gouws.1 - 2012-07-31 12:00

    So beautifull! Such a beautifull person had to be murdered. Very sad indeed. But a stunning outcome. May the money be used eefectively and honestly!

      Oscar Mdunge - 2012-07-31 13:19

      What about his employees??? I feel sorry for people who have worked hard for years in order for him to achieve what he achieved...

      azande.futhi - 2012-07-31 14:09

      @Oscar, I'm sure they were getting their salaries/wages. That should be enough.

  • ako.gutshwa.7 - 2012-07-31 13:47

    What a man! So sad that useless thugs had to brutally kill him cold blooded, we need men of his calibre in South Africa . May his soul rest in peace, may the killers pay for the evil they did.

  • sanet.redgard1 - 2012-07-31 13:51

    Just wish more people would follow his lead!!!

  • annemariebotha.lanigan - 2012-07-31 14:08

    Absolutely horrific that he should have been murdered. Disgusting animals to do that to an elderly man. That is nine farms that will struggle to produce now aswell. Delighted for the children though.

  • crystal.core.5 - 2012-07-31 14:34

    Amazing how good some people are, while people Zacob Zuma continue to sing "Shoot the Boer" in Bloemfontien in January this year at the ANC's 100 year celebrations to a dancing SA military... [available on youtube] it goes without saying that no one was convicted for this farmer's murder. Singing these songs of encouragement can be seen as the ANC Government's support of genocide in South Africa, where well over 2,000 farmers and 20,000 whites and their families have already been tortured and murdered since ANC rule with alarmingly low to non existent conviction rates. I hope I will live to see ALL these cowardly, evil men: on the farms, in the Government, as well as in the police and criminal justice system who openly encourage these vile acts to be brought to justice in an international court.

  • crystal.core.5 - 2012-07-31 14:38

    So this is the ANC Government's policy of "Land Reformation" - I wonder if Mr Zuma has found employment for all the jobs he lost among those 9 farms today?

  • max.maxwell - 2012-07-31 15:15

    What a wonderful gesture!