Karg funeral draws hundreds

2010-07-29 00:00

THE funeral service of Lorraine Karg, who was murdered on Sherwood farm near Rosetta last week, was held yesterday at the Golden Harvest Fellowship just outside Rosetta on the road to Kamberg.

Karg (58) was murdered along with domestic worker Hilda Linyane (34) and gardener Zachues Mhlongo (66) in what is thought to have been an attempted house robbery that went wrong.

The funerals of Linyane and Mhlongo are still to be held.

The service was held in the open air with hundreds of mourners seated in wooden pews shaded from the winter sun by a stand of pine trees.

Karg’s body lay in a plain wooden coffin placed in her favourite car, the Land Rover in which she and her husband Neville had made a nine-month trip through Africa in 2007.

Karg’s son, Brandon, and her daughters, Kita Olson and Tori Karg, were among the speakers at the service, while family friend and neighbour Graham Armstrong also paid tribute.

Her husband did not speak, but through Armstrong gave a message in Zulu to members of the Linyane and Mhlongo families who also attended the service. “I grieve with their families,” he said.

Farm foreman Zwelingwane Kwabe, who has worked for the Kargs since 1969, said he regards the Kargs as his own parents and feels that he has lost a parent.

Speaking to The Witness after the service, Robin Barnsley, president of the KwaZulu-Natal Agricultural Union (KwaNalu) said that over the last four-and-a-half years there have been 36 farm murders and 180 farm attacks in KwaZulu-Natal.

“But this incident has had the most impact on the psyche of the people. And not just in the Rosetta and Kamberg area, but much further beyond. It’s been very unsettling.”

Barnsley said people are constantly saying “the government must do something” about farm attacks and murders. “But maybe it’s society as a whole that needs to do something. We need to address the issue and to find out what is underpinning what’s happening.”

Koos Marais, manager of Kwanalu’s safety desk, said it is the brutality of the murders that has made such an impact — “the fact that it was a planned, callous murder involving three families. The killers showed no respect for life or the law.”

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