Tears at service for family 'cut in half'

2012-01-13 08:00
Johannesburg - "It's just the two of us now, but we'll be okay," Kobus Coetzee told his son Dewald at a memorial service for his wife Linda and oldest son on Thursday.

Linda, 47, and Ruan, 22, died after they were shot several times during an attack by four men on their home in Wonderboom, Pretoria, on December 10 last year.

Ruan was shot six times and was declared brain dead a few days later.

Linda died of her injuries at Steve Biko Academic Hospital on January 6, almost a month after the attack. She'd lost her right eye and sustained head injuries during the attack.

Family cut in half

"What can one say? Our family has been cut in half," Kobus said, before embracing Dewald, 19.

Kobus was shot three times and one bullet is still lodged in his back.

Ruan's friend, Rozanne Oeschger, who was hit in the leg but managed to run away and call for help, read out an emotional letter during the service.

"You will always be my dream man, because I saw you as the father of my unborn children. You were the angel of my heart."

The assailants sped off when Dewald arrived at the house at around 20:00 to find his wounded parents and brother.

'No statement'

With his father still in a serious condition in hospital, it was left to him to decide that Ruan's organs could be donated.

“We have to be strong," Dewald said before the service.

Kobus is furious because police have yet to take a statement from him.

"I'm the main witness in a double murder and the police haven't spoken to me yet."

Police spokesperson Pinky Tsinyane said on Thursday she could not get hold of the investigating officer to find out why a statement had not been taken.

No one has been arrested yet.

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