After the brutal murder of their daughter in May, Scarborough residents Willem and Anna Cornelius are reaching out to communities which frequently experience the trauma they have lived through.
The couple, the chief magistrate in Simon’s Town and an attorney respectively, has registered a foundation in honour of their daughter Hannah Cornelius. The 21-year-old student was abducted by four men while sitting in her car with a friend in Bird Street, Stellenbosch before being raped and murdered.
“We want to honour the memory of our beautiful Hannah with a legacy befitting her positive energy and her passion for life,” the couple said in a statement.
The Hannah Cornelius Foundation will look to intervene in the lives of young people to help them achieve their aspirations without the fear of violence. And they will begin the work on their doorstep, says Anna.
“I’ve lived in this area for 28 years. I was appointed as a prosecutor in 1985, when Ocean View was still rustig. I go in there all the time and know the area so well. My heart is in this area,” she says.
The foundation will be launched on Monday 30 October at a Kamers/Makers event in Stellenbosch.
The aim of the foundation is to provide guidance and mentoring to youth (between 12 and 21 years old) who are at risk of violence, as well as to provide financial assistance to help youth finish their schooling and proceed to tertiary education.
Premises for the foundation have already been found, at the previous site of the Valley Development Projects’ Open Door centre, but Anna is appealing to the community to assist with funds to renovate the property and finance the foundation. The foundation also needs support to raise funds to help finance the programmes it will run. All the foundation’s details and bank account details will be announced at the launch.