River woman identified

River woman identified

THE woman who tragically drowned during last Wednesday’s torrential rains in Windhoek has been identified as Katrinka Jantjies, aged 40.

Jantjies was a domestic worker for a family in Eros. She is survived by a five-year-old son, a 16-year-old daughter and a sister.Elisabeth Gontes, her employer, is covering the costs of Jantjies’ funeral, which will take place this Saturday.”I am very sad, and I will always have a special place in my heart for Katrinka.My children also liked her a lot,” Gontes said yesterday.Jantjies had been working for the family since September 2001.She was not married and the father of her two children died a few years ago, Gontes told The Namibian yesterday.”Katrinka’s sister will take care of the two children,” she said.Jantjies was swept away by the raging Klein Windhoek river which came down in flood on Wednesday.She was walking home at the time.”It all came so unexpected,” Gontes said.”These funerals cost about N$1 500, depending on which coffin you decide on.That is a lot of money, but someone has to do it”.She is survived by a five-year-old son, a 16-year-old daughter and a sister. Elisabeth Gontes, her employer, is covering the costs of Jantjies’ funeral, which will take place this Saturday. “I am very sad, and I will always have a special place in my heart for Katrinka. My children also liked her a lot,” Gontes said yesterday. Jantjies had been working for the family since September 2001. She was not married and the father of her two children died a few years ago, Gontes told The Namibian yesterday. “Katrinka’s sister will take care of the two children,” she said. Jantjies was swept away by the raging Klein Windhoek river which came down in flood on Wednesday. She was walking home at the time. “It all came so unexpected,” Gontes said. “These funerals cost about N$1 500, depending on which coffin you decide on. That is a lot of money, but someone has to do it”.

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