Death of Groenewald Family Members is Tragic
01 December 2014.
The IFP was shocked to hear of the death of
members of the Groenewald family at the hands of Taliban insurgents,
who accused the family of secretly being missionaries.
"We were distressed to hear of this violent and
tragic attack on the family in their home in Kabul. Despite Mr
Weiner Groenewald being involved with work that specifically helped
educate poor and orphaned children in the country, the Taliban
accused them of being missionaries converting Muslims to
Christianity, when evidence was clearly to the contrary" said IFP MP
Mr Albert Mncwango.
The family were strict Christians, but not
"This attack also highlights religious
intolerance that the Taliban have towards those of a different
faith. Yet their actions should not be taken as a representation of
the views of the Islamic faith towards others with a different
religious understanding. Their actions should be condemned in the
"The IFP would like to send its condolences to
the rest of the Groenewald family and friends, more especially to
Mrs Hannelie Groenewald, who not only lost her husband in the
attack, but also her two children as well" said Mncwango .
Mr Albert Mncwango, MP, IFP Spokesperson on International Relations, 083 448 4896