Man searches for traces of father who was ‘killed’ by his mother

2019-05-30 15:32
Willem Coetzee. (PHOTO: supplied)

Willem Coetzee. (PHOTO: supplied)

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“I just want to know if he really existed,” says Willem Coetzee, his voice heavy with emotion.

“The truth – that’s all I want.”

As a young boy, Willem – now a supervisor at a security firm – was told stories of how his mother, Maria Magrieta Cornelia Coetzee, murdered his father, Willem Jacobus Britz, 38 years ago in Parys in the Free State when she was pregnant with him.

He doesn’t know if there’s any truth to the shocking tale.

“I’ve contacted police in Parys but apparently there’s no record of such an incident,” he says.

“The most I could get from my mom before she passed away four years ago was that he’d jumped on her pregnant belly and that she’d stabbed him to death with a knife,” Willem tells YOU.

Willem Coetzee. (PHOTO: supplied)

“She avoided a death sentence because she’d been pregnant at the time and her husband had assaulted her, according to her.”

His dad apparently had two tattoos on his feet – “I’m tired” on the one and “Me too” on the other.

And that’s all the information Willem has. There are no pictures, and no information about what kind of man he’d been.

Willem’s elder sister, Charmaine du Plessis, a nurse, adopted him when he was a baby and they moved to the Bluff in Durban, KwaZulu-Natal. They’ve lost contact with the rest of the family.

In 2015 Willem got the news that his mother had passed away in her sleep in Parys. She was 78 years old. And so, nothing came of her promise to tell him everything about who and what his father had been.

“All I want is a picture or a grave number. Maybe he was thrown in the river. Any information will be much appreciated,” he says.

“I want him to find closure,” says Willem’s wife, Juanita (41).

Willem Coetzee. (PHOTO: supplied)

The two of them met on the internet and got married in 2012.

“Early on in our relationship he told me about his dad. A family member of mine also didn’t know where her dad was,” Juanita says.

“She (the family member) was unhappy because she felt she didn’t know who or what she is.” They eventually found the man’s grave with the help of a death certificate.

“The difference the discovery made to her was huge. I want my Willem to have the same peace and closure,” Juanita adds.

“Of course it will open old wounds – but maybe the truth can help heal those wounds at last.”

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