'Senseless' murder shocks Hazyview

2012-04-12 10:00
David Foxon and his wife, Bianca. (Beeld)

David Foxon and his wife, Bianca. (Beeld)

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Hazyview - A pregnant woman watched as a robber killed her husband in front of her and their two young children on Tuesday night.

David Foxon, 43, manager of the Umbhaba Lodge, was killed just after 20:00 in his kitchen in front of his wife, Bianca, and young sons, Regan and Braydon.

He was shot twice in the head and once in the leg.

Police spokesperson Colonel Leonard Hlathi said a man was arrested late on Wednesday afternoon in connection with the murder.

Tied up

Two men came into the house on Tuesday evening after the garage door was left open. The family was about to have dinner.

Hlathi said the robbers tied Foxon’s hands but he managed to free himself and confronted one of the robbers.

“He was shot dead in the process.”

The other robber was in Foxon’s car, which was already idling.

Foxon’s wife ran outside where a member of the Hi-Tech security company found her while she was shouting: “Help, they shot my husband!”

Jan de Beer, Hi-Tech operating manager and a former policeman, said it was one of those scenes he never wanted to see again.

“I had to pick up the body of one of my good friends from a pool of blood.

“Why did a wonderful father, good sportsman and well-loved person get killed in such an unnecessary manner?


“The tourism community and community of Hazyview are shocked by Dave’s death,” said De Beer.

Lowveld Chamber of Business and Tourism spokesperson Linda Grimbeek said Foxon really was a man who had cared about the community.

“He was a young man and always very professional in his position.

“He was well-loved in the community and in the tourism industry.”

Grimbeek said the Hazyview area had been targeted by criminals over the past year.

This caused the Blue Mountain Lodge to close its doors last year.

Hazyview DA councillor Ken Robertson said on Wednesday: “The senseless attack and murder is one in a series of armed robberies and murders in the area and the community is now living in constant fear.”

He called on police to step up crime prevention in the Hazyview area and to make more officers and resources available.

- Hlathi asked anyone with information about the incident to call investigative officer Captain Jacob Mbuyane on 082 449 0231 or 013 737 8285.
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