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Susan van Zyl

Susan van Zyl

Kemptonpark, South Africa

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Death in the Family

The family is heartbroken today as we suddenly lost 2 dear family members in a tragic car accident. Not only did Mariaan loose her only son, Riekert Krog Maritz, but we as a family also lost our youngest sister, Tina Riekert, in the same accident yesterday.

We are morning their loss but still feel it is unreal. It was too soon and too sudden.
Mariaan is taking it very hard as Riekert was her all. She is a single mom and she lived only for him. Riekert was 15 years old and would have turned 16 on the the 1st of December this year.

Tina, our sister was 47 years old, Tina was always a very careful driver and the tragic head on collision was caused by another pick-up truck whose driver fell asleep at the wheel. The accident was broad-casted on national TV news as one of the biggest accidents in that area as 11 people lost their lives.

My Mother is also taking this double tragedy very hard as this was understandable not expected. We will take this week to try and make sense of this and sort out everything as best we can


  • sarnia2
    sarnia2over 3 years ago

    Susan, I don’t think that there are many words that can express the sadness at the moment I feel for you, with such a tragic loss of life of your loved ones.
    All I will say is please please accept my most sincere condolences for your sad loss. I am so so sorry.

  • Dawn B Davies-McIninch
    Dawn B Davies-...over 3 years ago

    oh my, I am so saddened to hear of your tragic loss,how aweful for you and yours, sending lots of love and hugzz to help give you all the strength you will need in the coming weeks, dawnx

  • Yool
    Yoolover 3 years ago

    Oooo Susan this is horrible news….there are no words of comfort for this tragedy..
    My toughts are with you and your family and my sincere condolences .
    You all will be in my prayers and wishing you all the strenght to overcome this …hugs Yool x

  • MaryStewart
    MaryStewartover 3 years ago

    oh Susan,although i don’t know you i’m sooooo sorry to hear of your loss,i also send my condolences and will pray for comfort and strength for you and you family. Marie

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    WhiteDove Stud...over 3 years ago

    Oh My Heart is sad for you and the family…..In spite of being so very far away and never actually had a face to face with Riekert I feel as if I lost a dear young kahuna………….
    He once told me He thought my sunglasses were kool…
    There is an old Hawaiian saying……….
    The fragrance of a blossom lasts even after the flower has gone.

  • Lyn Evans
    Lyn Evansover 3 years ago

    So sooo sorry Susan…sending my prayers to you all that you may stand strong together….huzzz xxx

  • Mary Sedici
    Mary Sediciover 3 years ago

    OMG! Words can’t express the sorrow and sadness overcomming me while reading this horrible news.
    My mind blocked, I just keep repeating OMG, OMG. There are not words for comforting anybody who is going through such a terrible time.
    Mariaan’s only son? I just can’t believe it. I am so sorry for her. I know how proud she was about her son, how much time she spent with him.
    I wish God to give the whole family the power of going through this impossible to imaginate hard times. I can’t say more, my brain went blank.. Tears and prayers for you all

  • E.E. Jacks
    E.E. Jacksover 3 years ago

    My thoughts and prayers are with the entire family during this painful time. I am so sorry to hear of such a huge huge loss. Courage and strength.

  • Johan  Nijenhuis
    Johan Nijenhuisover 3 years ago

    Don’t know what to say such a horrible Los i’ll pray for you and yours may the good Lord give you strength

  • © Angela L Walker
    © Angela L Walkerover 3 years ago

    Susan, though I don’t know you personally, my heart goes out to you and your family. I pray for your strength… there are simply NO WORDS to express the grief born of a loss such as this…………………………….. having lost my only child (a son) in 2009, I find myself in tears for Mariaan. Much love… much grace… much comfort… much strength….