Family of missing Witrivier woman reveal heartbreak after her body is found

By Jana Smit
20 June 2016

“We beg for forgiveness and closure,” says Bruce Macaulay, a friend of the Myburgh family from Witrivier after Annatjie Myburgh’s (58) body was found after she went missing on Wednesday.

Two men are appearing the magistrate court in Witrivier after the first suspect showed police the place where Annatjie was murdered on Saturday. It was next to a forest road roughly 1,5km into a plantation.

The second suspect was arrested on Sunday.

Annatjjie, who is believed to have been hijacked and kidnapped, was found dead in a plantation between Witrivier and Hazyview. She went missing at around 7am on Wednesday after she pulled up at the gate of her small holding Curlewis in Rocky’s Drift and was thought to have been hijacked.

“We prayed hard for a positive outcome yesterday,” said Bruce, but forgiveness and closure is always the second prize.

“As a family we want to firstly thank the Heavenly Father who has heard our prayers by caring for us so that we could find peace during this incredibly difficult time,” said her son Wendell.

“We would much rather have wanted our mother, Annatjie, alive but we understand that not everyone who goes missing is found alive. Our prayers are also with the families who have loved ones who are missing. To our family, in-laws and friends we want to say thank you for the prayers, the love and the support.

“That was exactly what she stood for. The way in which the community joined hands in spite of race or religion is very special to us.”

“My mother would have been proud, because this was who she was and she would have stood front and centre had this happened to anyone else.”

The family thanked various individuals, the investigative teams amongst other organisations. The Facebook page ‘Pray for Annatjie Myburgh’ was established while the search for her was ongoing and has nearly 10 000 members.

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Wendell Jnr said that his wife, Charmaine, and their son Aiden are grateful that Annatjie was around for long enough to spend time with Aiden.

“If our country can still come together and join hands the way the community of Witrivier has done then all is not lost yet. We all hate crime but to forgive is out first command and we need to pray for each other. It hurts, but the support we’ve received has helped us.”

Bruce says that Annatjie’s last Facebook post was about her grandson.

On behalf of his sister, Marelize and her husband Dawie he asked that people pray for the family.

“I am going to miss sitting on my mother’s lap. I am going to miss disagreeing with her, especially over her fashion choices. As well as her tight hugs and her favourite expression, “Ag, whatever”, says Marelize.

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