A family scarred for life

2014-11-27 00:00

FOR 28 years the Grewan family have planted mealies on their lands in Winterton.

Now they only plant soya because mealies grow tall and the men who killed Rajoo ­Grewan (41) were hiding among the plants.

This is one of the tragic outcomes of Grewan’s murder at the hands of armed robbers on June 7 last year.

These facts are detailed in victim impact statements by his sister Anne and other family members. “This incident now dictates our choices and how we live from now onwards,” says Anne Grewan.

She and her brother took over the running of the family businesses (including a restaurant) in the Winterton area after their father’s death in 1996.

From that day on, her brother assumed the responsibility of protecting them all, she said.

“Let me give you a glimpse of who my brother was. He was a very hardworking man who took the welfare of his family very seriously. He loved football; Kaizer Chiefs was his team. The thing my brother loved doing the most was working on his lands and seeing what he planted growing. He loved watching nature programmes on TV. He was very proud of his son and his accomplishments in school. He was very proud of our youngest sister and her accomplishments at her job. He loved his nephews and nieces and spoiled them rotten when they came to visit.”

Anne Grewan said she no longer feels safe at home and has become “weepy” and ­depressed.

Grewan’s wife of 10 years, Philile (35), who was also held up by the gunmen, said though not physically hurt, the emotional trauma has scarred her for life.

“The people who took his [Grewan’s] life also robbed me of my future. By this one act my life is frozen at my young age. I now live only for my son and his future. It is the only thing that forces me to get up every day and live,” she stated.

And the couple’s son (13) said since his father died his life is “full of fear”.

“I always try so hard every night to picture how my dad looked, so I never forget how he looked,” he said.

Grewan’s 64-year-old mother P. Grewan said she can’t describe the family’s fear, anxiety, stress and pain. “I can’t stop thinking of the place where we found him in a pool of blood … I miss my son every day and will miss him forever,” she said.

Judge Thoba Poyo-Dlwati will sentence two of Grewan’s killers, Nhlanhla Gumbi (36) and Siyethemba Mfeka (20), tomorrow.

They stand convicted of murder and robbery with aggravating circumstances for their role in ambushing Grewan and his wife at the gate of their smallholding, Sophia’s Rust.

Grewan was taken to the mealie lands where he was shot in the neck after apparently resisting. His wife was forced into their house at gunpoint. The robbers escaped in Grewan’s Toyota Hilux bakkie.

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