Don’t let them kill again, daughter pleas

2019-08-06 06:00
Father Nikolaous Giamouridis leads the ninth day prayers at Ivan Ivanov’s memorial service on Sunday 4 August at the spot where he was murdered.PHOTO: Nettalie Viljoen

Father Nikolaous Giamouridis leads the ninth day prayers at Ivan Ivanov’s memorial service on Sunday 4 August at the spot where he was murdered.PHOTO: Nettalie Viljoen

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In a note read by Community Cohesion trauma counsellor Bronwyn Moore, Tina Ivanov, the wife of murdered Ukranian businessman Ivan, asked the local community to please sign the second online petition aimed at preventing the second and third murder suspects in the case from being granted bail.

“As my daughter Taisia (12) put it, ‘It won’t return my daddy, but no more people will be killed by these people.”

This plea concluded the ninth day memorial service held at the murder site, East Fort, Chapman’s Peak Drive, on Sunday 4 August at 15:30.

Ivanov’s family requested that the service be held as his body had not been repatriated yet.

Greek Orthodox priest Father Nikolaous Giamouridis, assisted by Father Nicholas Esterhuizen, led the traditional prayers which are believed to alleviate the pain and suffering of those left behind.

After the prayers, Esterhuizen addressed the crowd of about 100 people who had gathered for the service X first in Russian and then in English.

“We were shocked when we heard of Ivan’s murder, not just because of the violent nature of the crime, but because he was a guest in our country. Holy scripture says that we should welcome strangers in our land and make them feel safe. In this we failed him and his family,” said Esterhuizen.

Colleague Erick Naidoo of Bureau Veritas described Ivanov as someone who was full of life and who made a huge impact on those around him.

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