Daughter watched mom die

2013-02-07 08:49

Cape Town - A woman who fell to her death in a Cape Town quarry earlier this week was identified as Jeffreys Bay resident Dawnsy Mieny, the Cape Argus reported on Thursday.

Mieny, 47, a designer for a surf clothing brand, had travelled to the city to attend the Red Hot Chili Peppers concert with her 21-year-old daughter.

The daughter, who was not identified, said they decided to cross rough ground above the quarry in Bo-Kaap on Tuesday night to get to the stadium.

A man with a knife approached them and grabbed the mother's handbag. The two got into a scuffle.

"I don't know how it happened but she must have fallen down, or slipped and then she started rolling down the hill. I was running, and she was rolling down the hill in front of me," the daughter told the newspaper.

"I tried to stop her but she was already over the edge of the big cliff."

According to police, the man fled the scene with the handbag. The daughter was unharmed.

A murder case being investigated. No arrests had been made.

  • jennifer.vanzyl.12 - 2013-02-07 08:57

    Why I fully support armed civilians. If women carried firearms a lot less rapes and murders would occur given by giving them a fighting chance but of course many will disagree until they end up in a situation of where they wish they were armed.

      derek.francois.3 - 2013-02-07 09:30

      Tragic R.I.P This area still has a number of drug dens in it and is not as well policed as the city itself While being a tourist destination they usually visit in large groups. Hope the scumbag gets what he deserves.......

      crdmorley - 2013-02-07 09:36

      It is an illusion! She would probably have had it in her bag and that was the focus of the struggle! She would not have been able to get it out! The danger of people being disarmed by criminals and the gun landing in their hands is a very real one! You don't walk with it at the ready and most attacks are sudden!

      trev2 - 2013-02-07 09:39

      Even if she had a gun, she would not have been allowed to take it to a concert.

      gabriella.razzano.7 - 2013-02-07 11:15

      The odds of an assault victim being killed are 4.2 time higher if they carry a gun. Considering too that most women who are murdered in this country by their partners or someone they know, keeping the means for this murder in the household is patently irrational. Research in the States shows that a woman's chances of being killed by her abuser increase more than 7 times if he has access to a gun.

      Die.Gemaskerde.Kussing - 2013-02-08 10:31

      Amen to that! I think an armed populace is a healthy thing for a nation. Personally I think every citizen is entitled to carry a weapon, but concealed firearms should be made legal for woman.

  • deon.pillay.56 - 2013-02-07 09:10

    Do not fight back, allow him to take your handbag and allow yourself the gift of life, keep your cellphone, money and concert tickets on you while they take the rest in your handbag. So not worth losing a loved one over this.

      Holdanigono - 2013-02-07 09:27

      If you don't fight back they may do worse, you asses the moment as best you can, there is not a right or wrong answer.

  • ulandi.potgieter - 2013-02-07 09:14

    R.I.P. Mom and to the Daughter sorry for your loss.

  • Concerned86 - 2013-02-07 09:20

    Condolences to the family...sad how such a joyous occasion such was seeing one of the world greatest bands turned sour so quickly!

  • bond.ndalo - 2013-02-07 09:25

    Why Take rough ground to the stadium not a meter taxi, while they know crime is very rife in this country. May the scambag die of tik overdose. RIP mom.

  • perfectlyabell - 2013-02-07 09:39

    Before this turns into a huge scuffle on News24 (Like most articles do) I'd like to ask the people who plan on commenting in bad taste to hold back. Have some decency please, and let this family mourn in peace. R.I.P and Condolences to the family

      yaya188 - 2013-02-07 10:31

      I agree, this is a tragic and shocking happening. Why's and where-fors do not matter. RIP darling.

      paula.marnitz - 2013-02-07 16:09

      You said it......every one of these discussions always degenerates into an insulting match, I thought it was only me that noticed that ! Good comment...regards

  • chloeboshoff - 2013-02-07 10:02

    So devastatingly sad :( always choose routes that are the most populated with other people...

  • natascha.taurer - 2013-02-07 10:12

    There is a reason I have both pepper spray and a taser. A woman is an easy target in this criminal ridden country :-( my thoughts are with the daughter and family

      manie.engelbrecht.10 - 2013-02-07 10:39

      I keep saying to all vulnerable citizens: when in doubt, pepperspray. If he is innocent, apologise and leave before his vision clears up. Spray first and ask questions later. Spray with reckless abandon. Then the taser can be employed at your leisure. Always walk with the pepperspray in your hand with your thumb on the trigger. Worst case scenario? You spray an innocent fellow concertgoer, temporarily blinding him. Its not so bad. He will learn to appreciate the gift of sight a few hours later, may even thank you. Buy him a beer.

      manie.engelbrecht.10 - 2013-02-07 10:42

      Besides, it will make for a memorable story at his next braai with the okes.

  • regte.boer - 2013-02-07 10:18

    No arrests have been made like in 99% of all cases... Useless SAPS.

      peejay.maclane - 2013-02-07 10:24

      SAPS are not useless. Criminal leave amongst us and they are husbands, brother, uncle and the family know they are criminals. People must have the decency to report that no good sorry of a human being to the SAPS. Nobody deserve to die like that

      meloh.mayandy - 2013-02-07 12:33

      ohh mi god it hv2be action dat iz hppening oh shame poor girl'we ar here4u az south africanz

      john.parkerwood.9 - 2013-02-08 15:07

      The reason the words,no arrests have been made appear so often in the media, is because the article is printed the same day or the next day. The arrests follow shortly after, when the investigation gets underway. Surely that's obvious if you really try to think about it? As for 99%, well...we all know which part of your anatomy you pulled that statistic from...

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  • Flippncool - 2013-02-07 10:41

    My sympathy and condolences to the family.

  • vincent.mafooa - 2013-02-07 11:16

    This is so sad, I hope the bastard is cuaght and be charged with murder, as he is the cuase of her death, gosh this is sickening, serioulsy. There is no place safe for anyone in this country, people get robbed and killed or raped in the safety of their homes, on the streets, in police custody, and people get robbed at churches as well these days.

  • susan.donnison - 2013-02-07 12:26

    So tragic and sad.

  • bernard.nienaber - 2013-02-07 12:44

    RIP Dawnsy, it was great working with you all those years ago, you were amazing, this is such a loss an so unnecessary.......

  • claire.wrightkunene - 2013-02-07 14:10

    This is painful especially to think of a daughter watching her mom die like that, hope this barbarian gets a life sentence.

  • vido.j.mbutuma - 2013-02-07 15:28

    Givin people Guns will not solve any problems,it will cause more deaths like in America!!i do not promote Crime or sth,People should not forget that this Country was stolen,robbed and colonised,so the people are trying to back what was stolen from them in any means necessary,bcuz our Government is not doin any thing about the poor masses,they only live for themselves!the problem is our Politicians who let the people down as the result of some MK Guerilla fighters who ended up robbin Banks and stuff,cuz the same Government they fought for,left them in the cold!POLITRICKS!!i'm really sorry for the Family,my best condolences!!

      Michael Hawthorne - 2013-02-08 09:48

      its because of that anc mentality that the country is where its at now... every person is born with nothing. at any given time everything either belongs to everyone or no one. You must change your way of thinking you only see green yellow and black as on die flag...

  • xuanduplessis - 2013-02-07 17:22

    I am very sorry that Dawnsy Mieny died and that her daughter saw it happen! What a horrific thing to happen to 2 people out to experience a Mother-Daughter outing together. Sorry once again to the daughter and her family. RIP Dawnsy!

  • precious.yumyum - 2013-02-07 17:39

    Crime is out of hand in this country.

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