Cape Town man feels guilt for surviving blast

2012-09-19 09:26

Cape Town - A man from Cape Town is experiencing survivor’s guilt after surviving the bomb blast in Kabul in Afghanistan in which eight South Africans were killed on Tuesday.

Robert Relnic said his son had got off the bus minutes before a female suicide bomber detonated the bomb, reported Eyewitness News.

Relnic said his son also worked for ACS Balmoral and would soon return to SA.

“He’s blaming himself for getting off the bus because one of them [the victims] would have been saved,” said Relnic.

reported that David Relnic, 31, from Durbanville called his father at 07:00 on Tuesday morning to say he was fine.

“We had a bomb here but I’m OK,” he said and told his father that he was not allowed to talk about it.

“I’m still not sure if David is injured - he doesn’t want to say too much. He is terribly traumatised but that is understandable seeing as how he saw his friends being blown up.”

David apparently told his father that he got onto another minibus as the first one was too full. Minutes later the suicide bomber drove into the first minibus.

A local terrorist group has claimed responsibility for the bombing, apparently in retaliation for a film about the Prophet Muhammad made in the US and which has caused widespread outrage in the Middle East.

  • storm.trooper.125 - 2012-09-19 09:35


      napolita.kio - 2012-09-19 09:44

      Hmmm....since Islam is explained in the Quran, please quote the Quran to justify your statement. Or even easier, explain in your own words.

      UncleShep - 2012-09-19 09:48

      Islamic teachings are all about peace and Muslims are peace loving people....JUST DO NOT PROVOKE THEM.......!

      gieljam.gomtor - 2012-09-19 09:52

      I've known for years that woman are bad drivers especially here, but this one really takes the cake and was even evil in her approach.

      napolita.kio - 2012-09-19 09:55

      @gieljam.gomtor - By what objective measure did you determine that "woman are bad drivers especially here"?

      leigh.legonidec - 2012-09-19 11:13 need to quote from Quran, the evidence is spread across the street in Kabul. What more of an explanation do you need...chop!

      rick.machiavelli.1 - 2012-09-19 11:20

      Here then napolita. koran - 48:29: "Those who follow Muhammad are merciless for the unbelievers but kind to each other." 60:4: We have renounced you; and enmity and hatred is begun between us and you for ever, until ye believe in Allah alone. So they a religion of tolerance to each other only,and the rest of us must go to hell.

      merven.halo - 2012-09-19 11:37

      "So they a religion of tolerance to each other only,and the rest of us must go to hell." Not much different than Christianity is it.

  • bradley.kecskes - 2012-09-19 09:36

    Get well soon, no one deserves to go through some thing like that.

  • Mathaithai - 2012-09-19 09:36

    Please refrain from dangerous places!

      gieljam.gomtor - 2012-09-19 09:49

      Mathai; That's just what the forces of destruction and evil want a once civil society to do creep back into the dark ages , not just there , here already and everywhere.

      nads.delange - 2012-09-19 10:45

      Mathaithai, that is a HORRIBLE thing to say! These people died because of jihadist, severely demented "Muslims" (they do not really deserve to be called that, they're just plain evil). Show some respect!

      bob.slap.5 - 2012-09-19 10:56


  • naeem.dollie - 2012-09-19 09:42

    "A local terrorist group has claimed responsibility for the bombing" - Are you f-ing serious!? And people just believe this!!!? Let us see this admission of guilt? People, WAKE UP! The media is controlled and you're fed what they want you to believe.

      naeem.dollie - 2012-09-19 09:43

      "apparently in retaliation for a film about the Prophet Muhammad" People just take this as fact. Ignorant people you are.

      nads.delange - 2012-09-19 10:47

      Naeem, how would you explain the sudden spike in terrorism from the Arab world following that film then? What is your explanation of this tragedy?

      jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2012-09-19 11:39

      Naheem.dollie. You obviously know what we don't. If you don't how can you call us ignorant?. Do you really think that our intellectual powers are so miniscule that we are controlled by newspapers?. WOW!!!!

  • Neshvile83 - 2012-09-19 09:42

    Muslim thnk dey rule da world n dey hv nuthin!

      napolita.kio - 2012-09-19 09:46

      How do you know what they think?

      faerrab - 2012-09-19 10:19

      Neshville - Where do you think most of the high grade oil comes from ? Muslkims have much more thna you think, and petrol is going up again because the daft ANC does not want to import Iranian oil - So American policies are affecting you directly

      rick.machiavelli.1 - 2012-09-19 11:10

      Oil is all they have going for them. Move the world away from oil dependancy and then we can watch islam disappear

      dimitripappas - 2012-09-19 14:21

      What rick said.

  • sonia.bloem - 2012-09-19 09:43

    Thanks to someone in the US, 8 of our South African brothers past away, to all those families, good luck in this time off need and to the survivors, get well soon

      bob.macphearson - 2012-09-19 09:52

      As far as I know, the woman who blew herself up wasn't a US citizen.

      john.collin.1690 - 2012-09-19 09:56

      no Bob but the buttholes who created Alquada and the taliban and every other terrorist group were US citizens... now go watch Jersey Shore like you good little sheep... and remember America loves you

      napolita.kio - 2012-09-19 10:06!!! So blame Americans "who created Alquada and the taliban and every other terrorist group were US citizens"..!! Nice. So how about taking responsibility of oneself for a change. That is, if you are drawn to a dangerous place because you want to earn R7000+ a day, then accept that you may well die. Blame USA, Islam, etc all you want but the fact still is that we all need to take responsibility for our own actions.

      bob.macphearson - 2012-09-19 10:16

      lol, I don't find Jersey Shore particularly entertaining. Also, you really shouldn't use the word sheep to describe people, it makes you sound like a hipster, and that's just sad.

      nads.delange - 2012-09-19 10:53

      Napolita, that is incredibly direspectful to innocent people who lost their lives because of some demented jihadist fools. I will not call them Muslim, because real Muslims will not condone this kind of savagery. Ever consider that they might not have been able to get jobs here thanks to BEE? But anyway, these people who died did nothing wrong, please show a little respect!!

      merven.halo - 2012-09-19 11:42

      @ john.collin.1690 - that is utterly bull shait. Circumstances don't create a person, it reveals character. No one can make you a terrorist, it is a choice.

  • morena.tsolo - 2012-09-19 09:44

    Bloody Mercenery Agents!!!

  • Harold Chisimba - 2012-09-19 09:45

    Why guilt? Instead of being thankful to God that you are still alive? Anyway Ican understand you are still traumatically confused.

      nads.delange - 2012-09-19 10:55

      Post traumatic stress disorder. I think witnessing something like that would send me off a cliff, it must be incredibly traumatic, and he will most probably blame himself for a very long time.

      jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2012-09-19 11:42

      Nads, wait until they promise to blow up your house at three in the morning while your children are fast asleep. That gives you one hell of a case of Post Traumatic Stress.

  • napolita.kio - 2012-09-19 09:53

    Both intellectually and emotionally, I fail to understand the "guilt" that he allegedly feels. So why would he return to SA, if he feels he should have died then he should stay and hope someone kills him or even kill himself. I know this statement may sound insensitive, however, logic calls for it.

      nads.delange - 2012-09-19 10:59

      You really are a complete moron!!!! Sorry, but I do not have other words to describe you. This man watched his friends get blown up, and he could've been on that bus while someone else could've been the first to get off it. Can you imagine the absolute trauma you must feel?? Part of post traumatic stress disorder is feeling guilt for living when you could've been one of those that died and maybe spared the life of someone who died. It is a common feeling shared by millions of soldiers, and others who watched their friends / family die. But yes, it is mostly a feeling felt by someone with a heart, so I suppose it will be lost on you. You have my sympathy!

      karl.danneberg - 2012-09-19 13:02

      Napolita David is my brother ..... Keep in mind he has access to the internet and is reading this as we post. Kindly place yourself in his situation!! I'm sure he is grateful for being alive but there is the reality of post-traumatic stress and the shock. He witnessed his colleagues and "family" disintegrate, Friends whom he spent months on end with. They aren't just colleagues or acquaintances these guys are closer than family, they work and live together in the same compound, see each other daily and share hardship together. They are his family away from home and they are all he has in Kabul. So have some consideration for how he must be feeling , and understand that we all deal with trauma in our own way. Look up Take care Karl

      jiddles22 - 2012-09-19 13:22

      I have to agree with Nads on this one! You have no idea of the hardships and trauma that they deal with on a daily basis. If you cannot say anything that is constructive then maybe you should refrain from commenting because it shows your lack of intellect and knowledge about things. I know for a fact he has read you comments and I think it's disgusting that you could even say something so tactless and heartless! Maybe you should gain some insight into survivors guilt and then state you opinion!

  • Harold Chisimba - 2012-09-19 09:55

    That means christianity is most loving,sympathetic,caring, hospitable and tolerant religion of all the time.Becoz Ihave never heard christians committing terrrorism, Even if Jesus christ has been blasphemously drawn in acartoon.But muslims countless attacks every year since Iwas born.

      napolita.kio - 2012-09-19 10:01

      Harold honey, do not confuse RELIGION with THE RELIGIOUS (i.e. those who practice religion). Further, do some reading regarding the fights in Nigeria; fights that are likely to result in a Sudan-like outcome, i.e dividing up the country.

      merven.halo - 2012-09-19 11:44

      @Harold, ever heard of the Cruisades, the Hutsis and Tutsis up in Africa etc?

  • DerpyHooves - 2012-09-19 10:07

    The best way to overcome survivor's guilty (which is a form of PTSD), is to accept the reality and focus on the positive aspects. Once the victim understands he is a sufferer, and the one causing suffering, he can mourn and continue with life.

      nads.delange - 2012-09-19 11:00

      Easier said than done unfortunately :(

  • mmangaliso - 2012-09-19 10:17

    well i dont think its guilt its anger bcoz when he went to to afghan he wanted to die and he didnt.

      nads.delange - 2012-09-19 11:00

      Another moron!

      customdesign - 2012-09-19 11:02

      Are you really that dof?

      merven.halo - 2012-09-19 11:45

      What an idiotic statement, if he wanted to die he would've become a farmer.

      nthabiseng.malatji.7 - 2012-09-19 12:24

      @mangaliso really now? Can any human being stoop so low? That was uncalled for. Your hate for other races have consumed your humanity!!!

      jiddles22 - 2012-09-19 13:26

      Completely agree with you again Nads!!! Can't believe you can make such stupid statements, clearly you have ZERO insight!

  • mrp721 - 2012-09-19 10:21

    So the US makes a film and South African's are targeted... How the hell does that work and I wonder if our government is going to have the balls to do anything about it...

      bouncing.betty.33 - 2012-09-19 10:43

      It is because they work for an American company on an American contract, infact any westerners are targets there.

      dimitripappas - 2012-09-19 14:23

      Any non-islamists, you mean.

  • flysouth - 2012-09-19 11:19

    If ever proof was needed that, as claimed by the film, Islam is a cult of pyscopathic violence then this is that proof!

      dimitripappas - 2012-09-19 14:25

      Yep - isn't it quite ironic how the fools go and do exactly what they're 'accused of'->'offended by', from the film. Talk about self-defeating stupidity, it's no wonder they follow their faith so diligently... they seem to have no other brain/life apart from it

  • karl.danneberg - 2012-09-19 13:08

  • Susan - 2012-09-20 11:49

    All of you are sick. Your comments are sick. Do you people work in the day, dont sound like is. David you were saved for a reason my God keep you and all the SA pilots save.

  • ali.asgar.58323 - 2012-09-21 16:02

    David.come home as things is gonna get alot worse before it gets any better.The money is just not woth it.

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