Valencia Farmer's mom praises cop's dogged pursuit of rapists, murderers

2015-10-16 16:56
Sylvia Farmer holds a photo of her late daughter Valencia who was murdered in 1999.

Sylvia Farmer holds a photo of her late daughter Valencia who was murdered in 1999. (Tammy Petersen, News24)

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Cape Town - Sylvia Farmer believes that the promise made to her 16 years ago by the officer investigating her daughter's murder will bring all those responsible to justice.

"I trust him," she said at the Blue Downs Magistrate's Court, where Elmario Maasdorp appeared in the dock for his alleged role in the vicious murder of 14-year-old Valencia Farmer.

"Lieutenant Colonel Eddie Clark told me he would not give up and he would get every last one of them. And here we are today, all these years later."

Farmer speaks of Clark with fondness.

'He always remembered my daughter'

"When Valencia's murder was assigned to him, he was a young man in his early 20s. It was his first major case," she recalled.

"But while he has since solved probably hundreds of other crimes, he never forgot about this one. He always remembered my daughter."

Clark last month arrested Maasdorp in connection with the case after new information came to light.

The State on Friday confirmed their investigation was complete.

Maasdorp, a father of two, will appear in the Blue Downs Regional Court on Wednesday.

Valencia was attacked after being led to an abandoned house in Eucalyptus Street, Eersteriver, on June 26, 1999.

She was raped, repeatedly stabbed and her throat was slit. She crawled into the street where a neighbour found her. Before she died in Tygerberg Hospital, she identified her attackers to police.

Maasdorp was among those initially arrested for the murder, but was later released. 

He was 21 at the time.

While six men were initially arrested, only three were convicted and sentenced. Glenville Faro and Franklyn Roberts received two life sentences each. They failed to get parole this year and would apply again early next year.

Russel van Wyk, who was 16 when he was sentenced in March 2001, received 23 years in jail. Both of his parole applications, in 2013 and 2014, were rejected.


Ahead of Maasdorp's appearance on Friday, women from organisations based as far as Lavender Hill showed their support by attending proceedings.

Violet Mnyimba, the vice chairperson of Community Women Action established in response to Valencia's murder, praised Clark’s dogged pursuit of all those responsible for the teen's brutal death.

"This man is an example of the good work done by committed officers who fight for their victims," she said.

"When Valencia was killed, the incident was on everyone's lips. But as the years passed, people moved on and forgot about the horror that unfolded in this community.

"But Lieutenant Colonel Clark never forgot that girl. He never gave up."

Farmer, who still battles depression and other illnesses, said she feels surprisingly strong ahead of the trial.

"I don't know where the strength is coming from. I am just glad that we are here and that this will all be over soon."

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