Afrikaner shop mgr. Lodie Grobler killed, Ladybrand
15 January 2011 Leave a comment
Lodie Grobler, 27, Cambridge Wholesalers manager, Ladybrand, stabbed to death by berserker worker Jan14_2011
2011-01-15 LADYBRAND. Volksblad. Lodie Grobler, 27, the Afrikaner manager of the Cambridge Wholesalers shop in Ladybrand, was stabbed to death by a berserker black employee after the butchery-worker became ‘dissatisfied’ over the results of an internal hearing just hours earlier.
Jana van der Merwe reported that Grobler, who leaves behind his wife Melanie and two-year-old-son Ludwig, was stabbed to death in front of his mother-in-law, shoppers and other workers. The murder was confirmed by SAPS. Lt-col Thandi Mbambo: she said the man worked in the butchery-department and colleagues ‘suspected nothing when he stepped out with a knife in his hand’. She didn’t say whether the man was arrested.
His mother-in-law Christine Botha said she was in the shop to buy some on-sale items. She saw her son-in-law collapsing outside his office and dying on the scene. He had been stabbed several times in the stomach and lost a great deal of blood.
The mother-in-law took charge at once it seems: saying that “We immediately closed up the shop and let the clients leave. Only a few workers remained and they were hysterical, I felt so sorry for them,’ she said. “I could not have asked for a better son-in-law,’ she said.
Rev Danie Kleynhans of the Dutch Reformed Church Ladybrand, a personal friend of the murdered man, also said he was ‘a good, and clever man’. “Lodie’s death is a big loss for the village. I know about all the emotional heavy times which he has already suffered through at that shop. Under his management it expanded from a small village shop to a flourishing business. I also know that he was good to his workers even though it was hard for him at those times when people had to be laid off.’ Jana van der Merwe http://www.volksblad.com/Suid-Afrika/Nuus/Pa-in-winkel-doodgesteek-20110115