Residents in Louis Trichardt, Limpopo, have been left shocked by the death of a couple two weeks apart.
Dr Phillip Venter, minister of community church Veritas Gemeenskapskerk, expressed his disbelief and grief on Facebook: “Last week I buried my friend Jan Mouton’s wife. Last night (Thursday) he died in a car accident. I’m heartbroken.”
Jan and his wife, Nedine, were both in their late 40s. Rooijan, as he was affectionately known, was a sergeant major in the technical department at the air force base outside town.
Phillip told YOU that Nedine lost her battle against cancer in early May. She was diagnosed with cancer two years ago and her funeral, which was led by Phillip, was held at the Full Gospel Church of God in town on 7 May.
“After the funeral Rooijan and I regularly met. I supported and counselled him,” Phillip reveals.
“He was emotional and devastated but despite everything never lost his sense of humour.”
On Sunday 12 May, as Phillip was conducting the morning service, he heard the load roar of an engine outside the church.
“Moments later Rooijan walked in with his motorbike gear on to attend the service,” he says.
After the service Jan showed Phillip his new bike, a 1000 cc-Honda Africa Twin, and they had tea together. On Thursday night Jan died while travelling on the same motorcycle between Louis Trichardt and Polokwane.
Phillip said the bike had apparently skidded and capsized before a motorist drove over Jan, who died at the scene.
According to Phillip, the couple leave two children – Jacques (28), who lives in Pretoria, and Wynand (21), who lives in Thailand. Funeral arrangements haven’t been finalised.