'I don't just cry for you, but also for our country' - Winnie Rust's daughter

2016-05-19 16:23
Winnie Rust (Supplied)

Winnie Rust (Supplied)

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Cape Town - The Dutch Reformed Church in Wellington was packed with mourners as they bade farewell to respected writer Winnie Rust on Thursday.

The 77-year-old was found dead in her Third Avenue, Uitsig, home last week.

Rust's brother, Chris van der Merwe, told journalists that the number of mourners who attended the service was indicative of how wide her circle of friends was and how many lives she had touched.

"Her life had so many facets – she was a wife, mother, grandmother, writer and leader in her community. In many ways, her life touched so many people."

Her husband, Dr Manie Rust, 87, woke up from the sound of the bell at the gate around 15:30 last Wednesday.

When he got up to see who was at the gate, he found his wife dead on the kitchen floor. She had injuries to her face and her hands and feet were bound.

'Pillar of strength'

In a written tribute to her mother, printed in the funeral pamphlet, Rust's daughter Anna "Grietjie" Rust, said she was shattered by the manner in which her mother had died.

"I don't just cry for you, but also for our country," she wrote.

"From now on, all good moments will be tinged with sadness because I can't share them with you. The tough times will be extra tough because you are gone, my pillar of strength."

The first suspect arrested, 18-year-old Nigel Plaatjies, appeared in the Wellington Magistrate's Court on Monday after he was apprehended over the weekend with items belonging to Rust in his possession.

Johannes Plaatjies, reportedly the teen's uncle, was arrested shortly thereafter, and was in the dock on Tuesday.

Rust is understood to have financially assisted Nigel, who was a star athlete.

Winnie Rust's daughter's letter to her mom. (Supplied to News24)

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