Last words of SA man who died in Outback

2012-11-08 09:32

Cape Town - The last words a South African man who died in the Australian Outback had were for his family.

“Tell my family I love them. I’m not going to make it, keep on walking,” Mauritz “Mo” Pieterse, 25, told colleague Josh Hayes, reported Beeld.

Pieterse and Hayes decided to walk 16km in extreme heat after their 4x4 became stuck in the Outback.

Pieterse, who worked for nature conservation organisation, Bush Heritage, told Hayes to keep going.
Hayes survived and was treated for severe dehydration in hospital.

Pieterse’s sister Jani said her brother was a nature lover who knew what he was doing and was familiar with bush conditions.

“Our family will never be the same again.”

Pieterse’s mother Geraldine said he was “the best son ever”.

On his Facebook profile, Pieterse described himself as proudly South African even if he was working and living in Australia, stating he was:  “Green and gold all the way”.   

  • sanchez.sancho.7 - 2012-11-08 09:36

    Rest In Peace man. You died doing what you loved. May your family find comfort

      john.kirkwood.9619 - 2012-11-08 10:33

      my condolences, must be the worst death ever

      merven.halo - 2012-11-08 12:36

      "You died doing what you loved." Not many people that can say that. RIP

  • phoenix.px.5 - 2012-11-08 09:49

    Oh no this is heart-breaking :(

  • PrettyUsefulArt - 2012-11-08 10:14

    Ag siestog man. How very sad. His friend is going to need a lot of counselling to get over this, if that's possible. Condolences to him and Pieterse's family. May they take some level of comfort from our empathy.

  • lskosana3 - 2012-11-08 10:21

    Oh man, that brought a tear to my eye. You can just tell that he was a good guy through and through, so sorry that his family has to go through such pain

  • Jeremy - 2012-11-08 10:31

    Condolences to the family...but for someone supposedly familiar with bush conditions, he appears to have made some very odd decisions. Most obviously, if they only had to walk 16km (maybe 4 hours) why didn't they wait until dusk when it was a bit cooler? And why didn't they have enough water on them to keep themselves hydrated? And why walk at all when a cellphone or walkietalkie call would have brought rescue within a few minutes? Sorry to sound unsympathetic, but these guys were crazy!

      koko.sandy.75 - 2012-11-08 13:35

      reg Oom, they think they smart when they criticise africans but the truth is no brains at all. the americans are proving them right that they are useless.

  • bontle.molebalwasithole - 2012-11-08 10:33

    This is jst too sad....feel bad for his family. @ least he died doing what he loved RIP Mr Mo

  • frankie.dionisio - 2012-11-08 11:11

    Encouraged friend to carry on. A true friend indeed. RIP

  • Khomotso - 2012-11-08 11:15

    May his soul Rest in Peace

  • kitty2wp - 2012-11-08 12:12


  • sicelo.brukwe.9 - 2012-11-09 07:29

    This is not a good story to read because it brought tears on my eyes. May your soul rest in peace and we also love u!

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