Helping a brother & sister to a brighter future.
Five years ago, Tanya and Reinhard Botha's lives were shattered by crime. Their mother was stabbed to death by one of three robbers in their home. Their dad was severely injured and recovered from the wounds, but his heart was broken. The children ended up in foster homes and did not see one another for two years. Now, Tanya is a 22-year old working woman and "mother" to her now 18-year old brother, Reinhard.
She legally adopted him, to make sure that they would never be separated again. Reinhard is writing matric and the siblings have no idea how they will ensure that he can study next year, to put himself in a position to earn a living.
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We know that the Good morning angel's team receive lots of requests for help, but a young lady called Tanya Botha at our work could really use some help.
When she was 17 and her brother 13 years old, their mother was murdered in front of them during a burglary while trying to stop the intruders of raping her daughter. Her father was stabbed numerous times and was hospitalized for months and never recovered emotionally. They don't have a lot of contact with him anymore. Families tried to look after them but later they were placed at a couple of different foster homes and at one stage they were placed at separate homes which resulted in her not seeing her brother for two years. They were split up, hopping around between families and foster homes. She decided to fight for custody over brother in a court battle with no financial or emotional help and she adopted her brother in November 2011. She is now 22 years old working lady and her brother is in Matric. She really struggles financially to support them in all aspects. We all know how much a teenage boy can eat. As this is his last year in school she now has the worries as to where she will get the funds for his studies and a small vehicle next year. You will never hear this girl complain about anything and is always willing to help others where she can. She has a heart of gold. Maybe Jacaranda can ask the help of one of the 'angels' to make life a bit easier for this young lady as she is trying to support herself and her brother while she is basically still a child and her childhood and parents was taken from her at the age of 17.
From her caring co-workers:
Marie Nolan, Celeste Nel and Anke Maree
BELOW IS A IOL REPORT ON THE MURDER IN MARCH 2007:
By Janine du Plessis
Heavily sedated and in pain, Jacques Botha, 45, described how four men attacked his family, killing his wife "Tinkie" and leaving his two children without a mother. Botha said from his hospital bed at Pretoria Academic he was "not feeling anything and doesn't know what to feel right now" following the incident. His son lost his mother on the eve of his 13th birthday. She was stabbed in the heart.
Botha said the family had been watching cricket in the main bedroom at their Pamela Street home in Moreleta Park. He said a friend of his 17-year-old daughter's boyfriend had come to collect something and the next thing there were three men in their room.
"They just came stabbing at us," said Botha. He said he "shoved" them off his wife and saw them go for his daughter. "That was when I saw a fourth man in the lounge about to hit her with two bricks," he said.
Noleen du Toit, Botha's sister, said that Tinkie, fearing the men would rape her daughter, tried to spray Doom in the man's face which she had fetched from the bathroom. It was then that Botha, his daughter and son witnessed the man stabbing Tinkie "right in the heart", Botha said. He said everyone went to the bathroom and pressed up against the door in an attempt to get away from the four men.
Botha says he tried calling the police on 10111, but to no avail. "Eventually I called my cousin, who later arrived with an ambulance. In the meantime I had taken my wife to the Pretoria East Hospital where we were both admitted," said Botha. Tinkie died on the theatre table.
Botha suffered cuts all over his body, the deeper ones on his chest. His leg and stomach were stabbed and his colon ruptured.
He was transferred to Pretoria Academic after he was stabilised, and underwent an emergency laparotomy to stop the internal bleeding.
A spokesperson for the hospital said he was stable. He has been put on specific antibiotics. His sister said he was a diabetic and this made his condition complicated and it would take longer for him to heal.
Botha said he did not know what happened during the time he was in the bathroom. He did not want to talk about the reasons for the robbery and why only two cellphones were stolen. "They didn't take the TVs. They did not have guns that I can recall," said Botha. His three sisters said outside the hospital waiting room that they were angry at the government, which was not doing anything to stop crime.
Irene Bothma said: "The government should pay for the hospital bills of victims of crime. We are not sure how much the bill will come to at Pretoria East Hospital." Botha's teenage daughter was rushed to hospital because "she was not coping and about to crack". Du Toit said it was particularly sad that the boy would have a stigma attached to his birthday for the rest of his life.
She said her brother had now become "one of those people you hear about and wish it never happens to you".
Mom stabbed to death in armed gang attack
March 22 2007 at 08:31am
By Janine du Plessis
A Moreleta Park family has been ripped apart after an armed gang attacked them in their home, stabbing and killing a 44-year-old mother of two.
Police confirmed that the only things stolen during Tuesday night's attack were two cellphones.
Jacques and "Tinkie" Botha, their daughter, her boyfriend and another friend were all stabbed by six men in an attempt to rob the Pamela Street house.
"A person is dead and two children have lost their mother," said an angry close relative while waiting to hear about Jacques' condition at a city hospital late on Wednesday night.
The six men, believed to be armed with only knifes and bricks, broke into the Bothas' home at 9pm where there was a party on the go.
The Bothas had been watching the cricket with their daughter's boyfriend and another friend when they were confronted.
The mother, known as Tinkie, was stabbed "several times" in the chest and later bled to death at the Pretoria East Hospital.
The 45-year-old Jacques was stabbed in the lower leg, shoulder and arm. He was rushed to hospital in a critical condition, where he was stabilised. He was later transferred to Pretoria Academic Hospital.
He underwent an emergency operation on Wednesday night as he was bleeding internally.
His brother, Dion Botha, said he had cuts all over his body, including on his finger tips, as he tried to "really fight the men off".
The 19-year-old friend of the daughter was also stabbed in the arm, but his injuries were not serious. The teenage daughter was apparently severely attacked at the house.
Details of the attack and its immediate aftermath are sketchy, but apparently the victims were locked up in the bathroom while the six men ransacked the house.
Police spokesperson Inspector Paul Ramaloko confirmed that two cellphones were the only valuables taken.
According to a police officer on the scene, the neighbours heard a scream followed by someone yelling to "just leave her alone" before a man was seen jumping over a wall.
The officer said there had been "blood everywhere" from the stabbings.
Speaking from the Pretoria Academic Hospital's waiting room last night, Dion said his brother had been sedated and the others were severely traumatised, making it difficult to get the full details.
"What are we going to do," he asked.
"I am sick of (crime). Where is this country going to? I heard there were various incidents of the same nature happening around Pretoria at the same time.
"I don't think anyone knows how I feel," said the emotional brother.
He said it was not enough to simply report on these crimes, something had to be done and the authorities had to be questioned.
"A mother is dead," he said.
A case of murder and house robbery has been opened at Garsfontein police station.
Ramaloko said no arrests had been made, but police "are looking for these guys".
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