'Senseless' murder shocks Hazyview

2012-04-12 10:00

Hazyview - A pregnant woman watched as a robber killed her husband in front of her and their two young children on Tuesday night.

David Foxon, 43, manager of the Umbhaba Lodge, was killed just after 20:00 in his kitchen in front of his wife, Bianca, and young sons, Regan and Braydon.

He was shot twice in the head and once in the leg.

Police spokesperson Colonel Leonard Hlathi said a man was arrested late on Wednesday afternoon in connection with the murder.

Tied up

Two men came into the house on Tuesday evening after the garage door was left open. The family was about to have dinner.

Hlathi said the robbers tied Foxon’s hands but he managed to free himself and confronted one of the robbers.

“He was shot dead in the process.”

The other robber was in Foxon’s car, which was already idling.

Foxon’s wife ran outside where a member of the Hi-Tech security company found her while she was shouting: “Help, they shot my husband!”

Jan de Beer, Hi-Tech operating manager and a former policeman, said it was one of those scenes he never wanted to see again.

“I had to pick up the body of one of my good friends from a pool of blood.

“Why did a wonderful father, good sportsman and well-loved person get killed in such an unnecessary manner?


“The tourism community and community of Hazyview are shocked by Dave’s death,” said De Beer.

Lowveld Chamber of Business and Tourism spokesperson Linda Grimbeek said Foxon really was a man who had cared about the community.

“He was a young man and always very professional in his position.

“He was well-loved in the community and in the tourism industry.”

Grimbeek said the Hazyview area had been targeted by criminals over the past year.

This caused the Blue Mountain Lodge to close its doors last year.

Hazyview DA councillor Ken Robertson said on Wednesday: “The senseless attack and murder is one in a series of armed robberies and murders in the area and the community is now living in constant fear.”

He called on police to step up crime prevention in the Hazyview area and to make more officers and resources available.

- Hlathi asked anyone with information about the incident to call investigative officer Captain Jacob Mbuyane on 082 449 0231 or 013 737 8285.

  • Lee - 2012-04-12 10:10

    Savage Africa strikes again, so glad my wife almost has her UK visa sorted so i can take her and my kids out this backwards hell hole,

      Lee - 2012-04-12 10:29

      Wishing your kids a prosperous and safe future aswell. Sadly i guess they will never know any different.

      wesleywt - 2012-04-12 10:37

      Hope you get a job too.

      Trotse - 2012-04-12 10:59

      SA is soooo Safe, Mind you the UK Economy is hurting right now just to let you know. Make your money and return one day when the COuntry is more stable and the Government want to finally truly help the people and no their pockets.

      Lee - 2012-04-12 11:07

      Already from the UK. Met my now Afrikaans wife while working in Afgan. Moving back for the safety of my kids. Should S.A. become safe enough for my kids i will move back as it's a beautiful country. UK economy as history shows goes through this every 10/15 yrs, it's no biggie.

      Phil - 2012-04-12 13:02

      Get the hell out.

      Chumscrubber1 - 2012-04-13 11:35

      A very very weak response, Trurio. Very weak.

      Jco van Rooyen - 2013-06-10 09:49

      @lee, this is why we move to New Zealand!

  • Adil Smit - 2012-04-12 10:11

    Those criminals responsible for this, had a choice: behave with compassion and respect for life or behave like something that's not human. There's poverty in many houses and many countries and not every poor person behaves like this. There's something wrong in the mind and heart of someone capable of doing this - they're a danger to their own families and to the rest of society.

      drishworth - 2012-04-12 10:22

      Sadly you are so right Adil - South Africans somehow have lost their soul. I don't believe anywhere else in the world is there such a concentration of humans devoid of comapssion and respect for human life. Regardless of the past, I believe most humans are born with an intinctive respect for human life - what has happened to the people that inhabit this beautiful country? This is yet another tragic story that chips away at the soul of the nation. Yet another family who's energies will now go into grieving instead of building the nation. Deepest sympathies to David's family.

      HugoMabasa - 2012-04-12 13:11


  • clinton.badenhorst - 2012-04-12 10:14

    And the ANC is doing absolutely nothing about the crime rate in SA. Us white people are targets! The mentality of these criminals is worst than appalling. They have 0% respect for life! They are a bunch of barbaric sub-humans! Condolences to the poor family left behind without a father and husband. This is tragic!

  • Fredster - 2012-04-12 10:20


      Balanganani - 2012-04-12 11:01

      Eye for an eye? The nation wil go blind

      David - 2012-04-12 11:32

      Accoodrding to our President - South africa is safe!!! He must be smoking the happy herb

      Sue Potgieter - 2013-06-10 10:23

      Mr president is out shopping for his new home and too busy for his people. he wont bring back the death penalty cos half his cadres will be gone

  • Fly - 2012-04-12 10:20

    Hey Zuma, South Africa is safe hey!!!

      clinton.badenhorst - 2012-04-12 10:24

      Yeah right!!!!

      thabani.alfred - 2012-04-12 10:32

      Lol..u r very clever,he was tlking in terms of army n bieng attacked sily!!

      J-Man - 2012-04-12 11:55

      @ Thabani - don't write about other people "being clever" when you write like that. You look ridiculous.

  • Ian - 2012-04-12 10:31

    Don't worry Zuma assures us SA is safe for everyone !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Idiot

  • Shirley - 2012-04-12 10:32

    But our dear prez says this country is SAFE??????? ONly people who are safe is overpaid officials with security,criminals,poachers and illegals! Condolences to the family!

  • Zee - 2012-04-12 10:38

    I thought this was a 'safe' country, according to our President......

  • lynn.adank - 2012-04-12 10:41

    What is happening to this Beautiful country of ours?

      Chumscrubber1 - 2012-04-12 11:20

      I see lots of litter everywhere, guess the minds of people are as filthy and sick as our streets. Something is very very wrong with the mentality of many of this country's citizens. We are a poisoned nation. RIP Dave, so absolutely callous , I find this situation difficult to live with.

  • justin.pretorius - 2012-04-12 10:43

    Where is Zuma now? Safe in SA?? YOu are insane and must be removed Zuma!

  • PumaFred - 2012-04-12 10:47

    What's the use of a dead hero? The TV can be replaced u can't be, why confront them? and yes I do think it should not have happened in the first place but his actions brought about his death.

      winston.mullany - 2012-04-12 11:08

      As much as I disagree with what happen, I happen to agree with you but one must look further into it rather than condoning it. He had a pregnant wife and child and he most probably felt they were in danger and honestly, any real man would defend his wife and child regardless of the outcome. With emotions and adrenaline running through your body, it is very difficult to phathom things in a situation like that.

      Chumscrubber1 - 2012-04-12 11:23

      You don't think that perhaps it was not the TV he was worried about? They fled after the confrontation as far as I know, who knows what they may have done if he had not confronted them? These creatures are capable of anything, the part of their brains that contains compassion is dead.

      Brendan - 2012-04-12 12:30

      Listen Puma. Dave was my friend and this was not the first time these criminals had come into his house. He understood what they were saying and after loading the car with their goods they were returning to rape his wife. So "S.T.F.U." !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      Sue Potgieter - 2013-06-10 10:27

      So its his fault he was shot? How stupid is that? THEY were tresspassing and robbing so they were in the right???? I think `shoot to kill` should go for intruders

      Thabani Ngema - 2013-06-10 16:50

      @PumaFred, what came to his mind was his family safety that why he confronted them, just to protect his family. it a pity he didn't have his gun close to him.

  • Justin Lisa Reeves - 2012-04-12 10:50

    You will never get rid of racism .....a act like this is precisely why white and black will never get along because they want to but only because they have to.we meant to live in a civilised society but we have apes and clowns running the show which in turn will produce apes and clowns to follow in their footsteps.

      HugoMabasa - 2012-04-12 13:14


      Thabani Ngema - 2013-06-10 16:54


  • Louise-Roger - 2012-04-12 11:01

    How can we not hate after something like this. Sick cowards they're not human or animal.

  • Graham - 2012-04-12 11:04

    The biggest con in the world is that white are racist? These are pure racist hate crimes, almost every robbery is also a murder? I love my country but it's just not worth staying anymore

      HugoMabasa - 2012-04-12 13:15

      how about the 1000s of swart mense that get killed every year?

  • Jack - 2012-04-12 11:04

    South Africa has no future for white people anymore. Leave the country.

  • neoviolet - 2012-04-12 11:06

    Its very senseless to kill a man!who wil raise the kids!don't people have better things to do ,than going arnd shooting innocent people!

  • muriel.proudfoot - 2012-04-12 11:07

    Judgement will be served - These soulless bastards might get away with murder before our pathetic government, but least they WILL have to answer to God someday. My Heart goes out to this family.

  • Kala - 2012-04-12 11:09

    Why do they head line it "Senseless Murder..." When does murder make sense?

  • Pieter Erasmus - 2012-04-12 11:16

    @Jack - Never underestimate people with their backs against the wall

  • Jabu - 2012-04-12 11:19

    And you say Beki Cele was wrong in saying shoot to kill this thugs. May the young ones be strong and forget what they saw. Sad

  • Deon - 2012-04-12 11:21

    This is sad, but rather don't confront armed criminals. It is better to be alive than a dead brave person.

      desertratbkf - 2012-04-12 17:47

      WTF are you on about? ANOTHER uni-cellular organism, that shares a single brain cell with vermin that commits these crimes! Freekin chop!

      Deon - 2012-04-13 09:32

      He might have lived if he did not free himself and took on the armed attackers. It happened to us 12 days ago: armed robbery in our small office in Parow. Luckilly we don't had much cash. Rather give them what they want and let them go and live to tell your tale.

  • Beverly - 2012-04-12 11:25

    And our president has the audacity to make statements that we live in a safe country!!!!!! WAKE UP Zuma! Condolences to the family.

  • Reinet - 2012-04-12 11:25

    No matter what our views are about the state of this country, tonight a pregnant woman and her sons will be inconsolable. My heart goes out to you, Bianca.

  • Chumscrubber1 - 2012-04-12 11:28

    The area was the target of vicious attacks on foreign tourists again last night, at two different lodges. Wonder if it will make the news, or is this sort of thing so common its becoming boring news. Its absolutely out of control.

  • desertratbkf - 2012-04-12 11:28

    Just look at todays news. And I mean JUST today! Darwin, Darwin, Darwin! These vermin are nowhere NEAR being human! And that fat gut, has the audacity, to say South Africans are safe! Enough said!

      desertratbkf - 2012-04-12 11:31

      And all these TROLLS with their thumbs down condoning these hideous, inhumane crimes, clearly will at some time or another, if not already, will have blood on their hands! Darwin, Darwin, Darwin!

  • lmncina - 2012-04-12 12:24

    This is unacceptable in our communities. Police must get this killer and make sure he gets convicted.

  • Gieljam - 2012-04-12 12:31

    Sick society we live in between people having a government who hardly shrugs when an crime is committed under people of the same culture less to say on a person /s of another culture .They look another way hoping to ignore a problem long enough will make it go away by itself. The very people being murdered so brutal are the ones that where law abiding taxpaying citizens .

  • Gieljam - 2012-04-12 12:43

    Lee that's just what these people want . Once all civilized hard working tax paying individuals are killed or have departed , the bush comes back and what was once a built up country becomes the "azanian ruines" for which they will blame the very persons they got rid off.

  • KevinHaycocks - 2012-04-12 14:29

    This is why i left Africa, bloody savages..end of!!

  • rgroenewald1 - 2012-04-12 18:27

    This is so sad!!!!!!! I mean they don't have any rite to come in to your house its private property but in SA a criminal has more rite then law abiding citizens Zuma is 70 today and what dit they do spen billons again to eat and drink wit tax payers money working hard to get out of this country Murder rape stealing fraud is the way to go and no death sentece ag shame prevouisley disadvatage is the story get real and just to add South Africans can never stand together all my respect goes out to the family

      rgroenewald1 - 2012-04-12 18:31

      Sorry for my spelling I was just very ticked off when I typed my comment

  • - 2012-04-12 20:12

    RIP Dave, I know you would not have gone down without a fight.

  • Raj - 2012-04-12 22:36

    If incidents of this nature goes on and on in this country, then I don't know how does this government expect unity amongst all race groups, peace, love and respect. We may not know or understand the feelings really experienced by Bianca and her kids during this episode with the criminals. But the one thing I can assure you is that the only love they have now is the love to hate. The government officials needs to get their act together, step in and do something seriously or get out and let someone else do what needs to be done. Crime is the one thing that is sure to bring further damage to our already weak economy. Bheki Cele, the best and greatest thing you said was \Shoot to Kill\ these criminals and I applaud you for saying so. My deepest condolences to Bianca, her kids and their families. May GOD grant you the strength and courage through this very trying times.

  • jenny.smidt - 2012-04-13 19:40

    We have a three week time sharing in Hazeyview. During the July/August months. It is our most special, looked forward holiday. We often take our children, and grandchildren. Bit this year, we are nervous about going there. I think that it is high time this is taken very seriously. Tourism, overses and local will be badly affected. So will the trading stores, hotels, motels etc etc. I also have a strong feeling that the high crime rate participants are not local people. They are Mozambique, Zimbabwian, and surrounding areas. I also know of many local people who are selling their homes, farms and businesses. If S. Africa wants to attract the right element, they must deal with this very harshly and quickly, before the area becomes known as a no go area.

  • Paull - 2012-04-15 16:18

    And here I thought racism was on its way out in South Africa! a man has died, a husband and father taken and friend lost and all you can comment on about was his colour? Sad! I guess I was wrong South Africa is moving backwards, left behind while the world moves forward. Sympathise and show respect to a fellow man by saying nothing if you can't say something good.

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