Centurion dad to bury his daughter

2012-05-22 09:33

Johannesburg - Eight-year-old Idie Boshoff, accidentally shot and killed by her father in Centurion during an attempted house robbery, will be buried on Thursday, Beeld reported.

"At this stage, we're just going through the motions, and sorting out funeral arrangements," Adele Boshoff, the child's mother, told Beeld.

"Of course we're in a terrible state... what happened is not something that we're going to be able to process very easily."

Jannie Raath, head of the Hennopspark Primary School, where the child was a pupil, said a memorial service had been arranged for Friday, in the school hall.

Raath said Idie's parents, and especially her father, were shattered.

"I don't think her parents comprehend the reality of it yet."

Police are still searching for five or six burglars who broke into the Boshoff's home in Lyttelton on Friday night and stole a handbag.

Idie was shot dead when she tried to open the door to her parents' bedroom, and her father, mistaking her for one of the burglars, fired a shot through the closed door.

A case of culpable homicide is being investigated, after which the director of public prosecutions will make a decision about whether or not to continue with the case.

  • Michelle - 2012-05-22 09:40

    Can't think of anything worse that a family would have to process.

      Squeegee - 2012-05-22 09:45

      Most people feel for this family - trolls are excluded.

      Janice - 2012-05-22 09:48

      I feel so much for what you people are going through, our prayers are with you at this terrible time. God Bless.

      Squeegee - 2012-05-22 10:03

      Mathata is not only a troll, but an Evil Troll. Back down your hole!

      Klippies - 2012-05-22 10:09

      @MATHATA Have some compassion and stop watching CSI. Sies man!

      Gareth - 2012-05-22 10:19

      Mathatha - you ask some valid questions. Lets look at this together shall we. 1) Maybe the police have taken finger-prints and thus are able to determine how many intruders there were 2) The father had been downstairs after hearing the intruders and actually saw one of them, then went upstairs to get his gun 3) The daughter didn't have time to scream. She heard some movement and must have sought comfort in her parents room 4) As soon as the door handle turned, the father shot the door. 5) The father HAS BEEN CHARGED with culpable homicide, not got off scot-free as you infer 6) You ALREADY KNOW THIS since I have searched your name on the article that originally broke this story and you commented there too. As a reminder, you wrote "Poor little child.Her father must be a regular NEWS24 user. He was aiming to get thumbs up when the story comes up on our screens in the morning.SAD :( DO NOT SHOOT COWARDLY. " So in summary I can only conclude you're a callous, trouble-making, troll with no intention for meaningful debate or discourse with the inexplicable affliction of not being able to comprehend written text but are able to type. Your keyboard is being wasted in its current application and would be better put to use by a sleeping government employees fat drooling chin! And, your internet connection is siphoning valuable energy. Have a nice day, you social stomach-ulcer!

      Darren - 2012-05-22 10:24

      MATHATA is like that drol-aky that just won't let go. Praying for the Boshoff family.

      Bless Boswell - 2012-05-22 10:32

      Ja, it's called a dingle berry!

      Janice - 2012-05-22 10:59

      Gareth, that was BRILLIANT!!!!! Just what he deserved!!!

      Gareth - 2012-05-22 11:02

      Thank You Mthatha, for coming to the party with further evidence of you superior 'dolt-ness' ...

      wbschorn - 2012-05-22 11:12

      4) As soon as the door handle turned, the father shot the door. Well that is illegal. You are only allowed to kill someone if you have no where to escape to.He didn't even have a visual? This is not the movies. You can't just go and shoot through doors. Anyone who owns a firearm should know that. It's very sad that he had to learn this the hard way and will have to live with it for the rest of his life :(

      Schmee - 2012-05-22 11:27

      F@ck Mathata, my uncle accidentally shot his 17 year old daughter in similar circumstances. Fortunately she survived but he was never able to forgive himself and committed suicide about five years later. You are totally insensitive. Don't forget that family of the little girl also read the newspaper and will see your comments. I hope you can live with your conscience.

      Gareth - 2012-05-22 11:33

      Quite right Drukkie. Was a terrible mistake and I'm afraid I think this man has paid the ultimate price! His own death would not have seemed this tragic! A moment of panic, short-sighted thinking and his family's world is torn apart! Mathatha - you feeling a little downtrodden? Sorry mate. But next time, think before you type crud!

      Sematla - 2012-05-22 14:10

      Keep your stinky wishful thinking to yourself gareth, downtrodden! by what? sis. And hey! you! how do you pronounce your name@ geth? or garet? you mambojambo!

      Gareth - 2012-05-22 16:48

      Enunciate as you wish. You will never get it. The 'th' will cause tongue and facial spasms for you that will give you face paralysis within minutes.

  • gemmaleigh.evans.3 - 2012-05-22 09:42

    This is tragic, such a horrible mistake...criminals are the ruin of this country. I doubt he will, but I hope this father will find the courage to forgive himself. There are no words for such a tragic loss.

  • kabelo.leballo - 2012-05-22 09:43

    May her soul Rest In Peace and I hope that someday the father will find it in his heart to forgive himself. STUPID CRIMINALS!!!

  • Amanda - 2012-05-22 09:45

    This was a terrible mistake and to prosecute the father will only make things worse. Rest In Peace Idie.

  • Sulette Behnke - 2012-05-22 09:47

    I wish peace, strenght and condolences to this father and mother. I wish for them to see the joy of life once more if this has passed, and I truly hope for them to heal. This could be any one of us. It's times like these that we should comfort those who has to deal with such a horrible sadness.

  • mimi.ngqulana - 2012-05-22 09:58

    RIP Idie, it was an honest mistake yr dad did not intend any of this 2 happen. The worst ever thing any parent would want to deal with...Lord have mercy on the family....mmmmh yr dad will never be the same person again. i hope those criminals rot in hell when they are caught...!

      Carol - 2012-05-22 10:27

      Lovely words Mimi ...

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  • Gareth - 2012-05-22 10:22

    How dreadful!

      jurie.eksteen - 2012-05-24 13:15

      Thanks for standing up for the family(which are friends of mine). I think N24 removed Mathata's comment, what exactly did he say on this article? If you don't mind.

  • ztoefy - 2012-05-22 10:24

    I feel sorry for the mother and for the sad death of the Child. The father is an idiot and coward for running away and locking his door knowing that his child is left unprotected from the burglars. I am a father and as a father the first thing you do is grab your kids and wife to make sure they are alright, not lock yourself in your room and shoot blindly at a door as somebody is trying to open it up. I hope this guy understands how stupid he was.

      Nadine - 2012-05-22 10:45

      hi Ztoefy I get you point . the safety of your loved ones should come before pulling your gun. If you fire a shot - fire a warning shot I would rather that the crooks run away than having to deal with a child that i killed through my own stupidity. There are too many macho men out there trying to take the law into their own hands with The i will " Bliksem the basta*%s" mentality. Pity that this child had to die because her father thought he was in a die hard movie or something.

      Jason - 2012-05-22 11:09

      i see your point ztoefy, i have noticed frequently how in the heat of the moment the brain can turn to mush. i assure you, on earth, no one is torturing this father more than he is doing so right now.

      Carol - 2012-05-22 12:59

      @Ztoefy - You cannot judge him until you have stood in his shoes. Tell me you know what it's like to have 6 armed men in your house ?? You will never know until it has happened to you.

  • Carol - 2012-05-22 10:25

    Oh for heaven's sake !!!! I can understand how this could happen. What a horrific day for the Boschoff's. So so so sorry you have to go through this.

  • tricia.sutherland1 - 2012-05-22 10:34

    Terrible that we have to live in such fear that someone is in our house to kill us - and we shoot. What a horrible story. Only a criminal mind would take joy from hearing this story - it is so very sad.

  • Tiaan - 2012-05-22 10:38

    The father was not even meant to be in this situation, this is the outcome of poor government and the government should carry the blame because crime is not a "problem" to them. What a shame on government. I feel very sorry for the family and espesially this father who will have to live with this.

  • heather.scheepers3 - 2012-05-22 10:48

    Centurion is becoming the wild wild west, there are so many things happpening there in the past couple of months.

  • Dianne - 2012-05-22 10:49

    Very tragic, I cannot begin to imagine how this father must feel and my heart breaks for this family. RIP Idie, you are with the angels now xx

  • Herman - 2012-05-22 10:59

    Govt should be blamed for a tragedy like this. The anc's incompetence to fight crime resulted in this beautiful young girl been shot. RIP Idie!

  • Herman - 2012-05-22 11:02

    @Mathata, I agree, you makes me think. where were you at the night of the incident????

  • Vic - 2012-05-22 11:04

    This is a very sad situation, not only for the child's family but for everyone who knows exactly what the family is currently experiencing. Just imagine you mistakenly taking the life of one of your precious kids - it's worse if you have one and only kid. I really don't know what to say except - sayining may the Almighty Creator heal you amd amke you strong in you future life. As for the child's soul - may God welcome you and confort you so that you rest in peace my dear child. We all love you.

  • ToLife - 2012-05-22 11:09

    Unless news 24 is not doing proper investigations, this father looks like he shot his own daughter.....6 robbers and none of them can be found? And only a 'handbag' was stolen?! Sounds very dodge. And its not even his fault shame, people are scared to be in their own houses because of the evils that lurk the streets at night. So I say he heard noises, got paranoid and fired without even wanting to see who is behind the door (well, in case it is the robbers). Rest in peace lil angel. And my condolences to the family.

  • monty.pulumo - 2012-05-22 11:10

    RIP angel, I can feel the pain in your daddy’s heart for mistakenly shooting the very apple of his eye. This was a terrible mistake led by an extremely stressful situation, may the Boshoffs find solace in God’s love and forgiveness.

  • Deana - 2012-05-22 11:14

    Rest in peace, little one. For now you are Home and will sit on Jesus' lap. Dad- I pray that you'll forgive yourself and find the strength and courage to go on through Christ who promised that He'll be with you on this dark and lonely road you're about to embark on. Mom, you're in all the mothers in SA's hearts. Stay strong, keep the faith and know that your baby will be well taken care of! Even though your lives will never be the same again- this pain will lessen in time.

      Nompumelelo - 2012-05-22 11:20

      Sooo sad... May you find comfort in these warm words of hope.

  • Shirley - 2012-05-22 11:18

    This is heartbreaking for these parents. I just hope they get help going through the process of dealing with all the emotions still to come. Their lives are forever going to be engulfed by guilt,remorse and anger. My heart goes out to them!

  • hanre.vanderwesthuizen - 2012-05-22 11:24

    This is so so sad. Condolences to the family and strength to the father in these dark times. I can't even imagine what he must be feeling. South Africa mourns with you. R.I.P. little girl. As for the trolls on this feed lurking in their shadowy world of nothingness... FARK OFF!!!

  • Jaco - 2012-05-22 11:25

    I cant imagine what they must be going through

      Bongani - 2012-05-22 11:47

      Guns are never a solution. My brother in law shot his wife under similar circumstances. I support gun free South Africa. We should all use spears instead.

  • Dominique - 2012-05-22 12:11

    @Mathata, if you do not have any facts dont make any assumptions.If a child is comfortable in their own home they would not suspect a break in and knowhing a father trying to protect His family He would keep quiet so that the robbers dont hear Him. And in a moment of panic you would expect your child to be sleeping and if you hear any noise you would suspect the robbers. BUT if they had to kill the child and Her parents the justice system which had already created a trend would have been followed and yet again NOTHING would happen. So if you have not been in that situation keep quiet.

  • susan.roux.5 - 2012-05-22 12:12

    Ag siestog!!! Here, wees tog met die familty

  • thabo.khoarai - 2012-05-22 12:15

    This is a very sad story. But let us all remember that we live in hard times. People are extremely stressed, and they can do the unthinkable, especially in times of financial hardship. This incidence has to be thoroughly investigated, no stone should be left unturned in this one. May her soul rest in peace.There's just too many things unclear in this. Once again may her soul rest in peace

  • Lisa - 2012-05-22 12:42

    Mathata... A born murderer? Seriously? What a load of crap! Only a monster would intentionally kill their own child, funny how you could even think something like that! The man made a mistake, one which he will have to live for the rest of his life! I recon you're just looking for some attention.... You're a very "sad" person! Do you have friends?

  • Lynette - 2012-05-22 12:55

    @ Mthatha - you suck! Ek voel baie jammer vir die mense. Dit is so maklik om te oordeel, maar nie so maklik as jy self in so situasie is nie.

  • brionyl.french - 2012-05-22 13:36

    And this is why guns are bad!!! No one but the innocent get hurt with them....they all should be destroyed!!!You wanna fight? fight with your hands and thats it...

  • Mpumi - 2012-05-22 13:37

    i really feel sorry for this family may this little gal's soul rest in peace

  • Chants - 2012-05-22 14:37

    scary stuff, cant imagine the torment he's going thru right now. praying for the Boshoff family

  • Richard - 2012-05-22 15:11

    There cannot be a worse feeling in life than losing a child and then in this way as well. These things happen in SA because of the fact that we all live in the reality that we are all targets for some form of crime and anxiety runs high.

  • barry.boake - 2012-05-22 15:54

    We live in a constant state of high alert and super vigilance in SA. The criminals put US behind bars, barbed wire and electric fences. Very sad situation, such an unecessary and tragic mistake. I remember a time when you could actually leave your windows open for fresh air day or night without it being an open invitation for some savage to violate you, your family and / or your property.

  • Elize - 2012-05-22 16:13

    For those of you that have all this negative response to what happened PLEASE stop and think. What would you have done. Yes save the children but he didn’t lock himself in the bedroom like some of you think he went in closing the door to try can get some distance between him and the robbers. Yes he fired a shot through the door due to that he thought it was one of the robbers. People they were in the house on the stairs. None of you were there and none of you can say what is right and what is wrong. He did what he thought was right to protect his family. I say leave them in peace, pray for them as they are going through a VERY rough time. I do not wish this upon my worst enemy and nothing that anyone say will make things better for them. Think of him how does he feel and what is he going through not even to mention the rest of the family. I really hope that all will be over soon so that this family can get some time to them selves with out any outsider so that they can deal with the lose. Boshoff family my prayers and thoughts are with you may God bless you and be with you through this Hell that you all are going through.

  • Carol - 2012-05-22 16:40

    Dear Adele and family, As a mother myself, my children mean everything to me. I feel dearly for you and your husband at this time of need, to have had to experience such a precious and painful loss. A dire situation that placed you and your husband in a position over which you had no control, that is what you need to understand and make peace with. I pray that you will find the peace in times passing. God bless.

  • Anne-Marie - 2012-05-23 08:24

    Shocked by some of the negative comments on this page. Some people are very sick indeed. Sincere condolences and prayers to the family. So shocking that people should have to defend themselves on thier own properties. I hope the burglers that persecute these households rot in hell. Get a job instead of robbing houses you disgusting pieces of garbage. The world does not owe you anything.

  • charlotte.attwell - 2012-05-23 11:35

    all of this will be over soon and every one who had something bad to say about this daddy will have something to say to someone else and later in live we will discover tht some of these who had such bad words and sick minds went through the same then you WITH YOUR DIRTY MOUTH will ask for God to help you through a difficalt time....HOPE NOT ONE OF YOU WHO SLANDERS THIS DADDYS NAME,FEELINGS AND ACTIONS will ever have to go through what he did......GLENN ONS STAAN BANK VAS AGTER JOU EN DRA ELKE HARTSEER SAAM JOU DRA JOU JUWEEL KIND NOU IN JOU HART GOD HET N DOEL MET ALS IN DIE LEWE EN JY IS DIE KEER OP BEPROEWING MET DIT WAT JY DEUR MAAK BYT VAS NEEF ons dink aan julle en is lief vir julle xxx

  • Enlightened - 2012-05-23 18:19

    Having lost a daughter myself some 20 years ago, I do not want to even speculate how the parents must feel. We had nothing to do with what happened. I can only imagine this must be many times harder. I can only wish that a similar fate overcome unsensitive officials that even consider prosecuting a case like this. Scream and shout. That's how I feel

  • Itumeleng - 2012-05-24 06:08

    May the soul of this little girl rest in peace. To the parents, please seek comfort in the Almighty. He knows best how you feel. God bless!

  • louise.dayani - 2012-05-25 11:51

    How Horrible

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