The people who cared for him and his children are gone and also his work, says John Moholo the gardener of the Swanepoel couple of the farm Kwaggalaagte , Bainsvlei , who were gruesomely murdered in January 2015.
“My heart is broken, they were good, good people. Really.”
Toon and Rienie Swanepoel helped with raising and getting his children, Luke and Esaia through school. Rienie let Esaia as a small boy ride along in the car.
He and the other workers enjoyed daily breakfast and lunch with the Swanepoels in the house.
After lunch, he sat on the bench under the pepper tree and they sat on the porch and then they would talk.
“I feel sore, Ntate. Really. I want to ask those murderers: Why? If only they could tell me the truth.”
The couple’s dog, Bosluis was so sad when Moholo came to the house after the incident, that he was following him all day. Their son, Nico came to fetch the dog.
The other dog, Vlooi, has been lost a while ago.
All that remains on the farm is the couple’s beautiful, white geese and flowers around the house that they cared for.
Next to the garage the grass was trampled where the three killers were waiting for them after church. They ate Toon’s chocolate bars which they had stolen from the house.
Where the suspects get three meals in prison, John Moholo who has been living here for 40 years, and worked ten years in the Swanepoels’ service has suddenly an uncertain future.
His people who cared about him are gone.
And his work.
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