Farmer leaves about R30m to children's home

2012-07-31 08:32
At van der Merwe (File, Beeld)

At van der Merwe (File, Beeld)

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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.

- News24
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