The family of a man killed in his home in Marloth Park in Mpumalanga will continue to use this home as a vacation home.
Koenraad Collier, 53, died last Wednesday when five men attacked him, his wife Edda van den Berg, 53, her mother, Alberta van der Meer, 74, and a friend of hers, Edda Seifert, 80. has.
Van der Meer and Collier died after suffocating when rags were pressed into their mouths. Collier was a Belgian and Van der Meer a Dutchman.
Jaco Badenhorst, a family spokeswoman, says Collier’s children want to go back to the house because they don’t want the killers also deprive them of it.
No one has been arrested for the murders. Badenhorst says two of the suspects previously worked for the Colliers when operating a hotel. On the morning of the murder, they and two friends would perform separate chores at home. “Uncle Coen made sandwiches for the workers that afternoon and took them. He and the three women wanted to go to the store a little while later when they were robbed at 3pm. “
The men tied the three women with adhesive tape and lodged in the wine cellar. Collier was tied up in an attic. By 10pm, Seifert crawled out of the basement by the stairs, after which she detached Van den Berg.
Badenhorst says Collier bought the house, which was small and dilapidated, in Marloth Park about four years ago. They owned a business in Mozambique but decided to buy the house because of the uncertain security situation in Mozambique. Marloth Park was close enough to still do business in the neighboring country.
“They renovated the house, renovated it and carefully selected everything. (Uncle Coen’s) children have an emotional bond with the house. “
According to Badenhorst, the attack was not preceded by an exchange of views as was speculated.
Badenhorst says South Africa has a bad image worldwide due to the high crime rate. “You can ask people in Tokyo, also they know what the situation is.”
Badenhorst says the four people’s abuse was violent.
“The bodies look terrible.”
He says the suspects were there with the intent to murder.
“The aunt (Seifert) told me the men told each other in Portuguese to make sure there were no survivors.”
An intelligence source close to the investigation says the attackers fled to Mozambique.