‘The sight still haunts me’: Randfontein pastor reunites with the family he saved from drowning 33 years ago

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FROM LEFT: Francis Cloete and his wife Christelle, Hendrik and Estelle Joubert and their sons,
Gerhard and Tiaan, finally meet up again after that near-fatal day in 1988. (Photo: SUPPLIED)
FROM LEFT: Francis Cloete and his wife Christelle, Hendrik and Estelle Joubert and their sons, Gerhard and Tiaan, finally meet up again after that near-fatal day in 1988. (Photo: SUPPLIED)

He didn’t expect ever to see the woman and her three kids again but never forgot them – how could he erase that dramatic day from his memory?

Yet it would take 33 years and a serious health condition before Francis Cloete took action to find the answers he’d long wanted.

Francis (49), a pastor and founder of a mission outreach programme, recently posted a cutting of a community newspaper article on Facebook that told the story of what had happened back in 1988.

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