Durban – The family of Underberg teacher Karen Turner, who was murdered on Monday in an insane attack on the Eastern Cape, has sworn to take action against the provincial tourist chief because he is "ridiculous" and "absolutely outrageous" is "comments.
On Monday, Turner and her husband Matthew arrived at the Hluleka Game Reserve with friends. They were there to celebrate their birthday and would then set off for a wedding on the Wild Coast later in the week.
However, two intruders broke into their chalet in their sleep and allegedly stabbed them to death.
Matthew suffered a prick An emergency operation in Mthatha removed serious injuries and part of his small intestine. He was later flown to a Pietermaritzburg hospital. Her son, 2, who saw the attack, was unhurt and none of her possessions were stolen.
Turner's brother Ian Crouch said that the head of the Agency for Tourism and Parks in Eastern Cape, Vuyani Dayimani, imputed shortly after the raid that a "native" was a quarrel "had led to her death.
"He did this to protect the resort's reputation," said Crouch. He pledged to seek further advice on this matter tomorrow and urged Dayimani to publicly apologize.
"Matthew is not such a person at all. Imagine the damage it will do in the future? Imagine his son is growing up and finds out that there was an accusation against his father?
Dayimani refused to speak with the media and referred the Sunday Tribune to the spokesperson for the agency.
Crouch said the couple's family had a private investigator appointed to investigate the matter. Their work revealed that the serenity of the reserve was a facade and beneath the surface a murky underworld of poaching, hijacking, killing of dogs and robbery of cell phones.
There were also apparently differences between the reserve's staff and locals and Crouch said there were several locals interested in talking to their private detective and his local team.
The night his sister was three months old, apparently there was a burglary in the reserve's main office, was killed. The couple, who were on holiday, stayed in a separate chalet.
Crouch said Matthew was transferred from intensive care to a surgical ward on Friday.
"He did not accept what happened. He fights and is very whiny.
Crouch said his sister's body had been taken to Pietermaritzburg, and her funeral was scheduled to take place Friday at Kenmo Lake in Underberg, followed by a cremation.
On Saturday Oyanga Ngalika, spokesman for the Parks and Tourism Agency on the Eastern Cape, said: "Vuyani Dayimani has confirmed that he has not given instructions to employees to prevent ongoing investigations of such serious proportions. He continues to encourage the reserve personnel to assist the police during this ongoing investigation.
Ngalika said the agency and the private sector, including the Wild Coast Holiday Association, would work to ensure visitor safety.