The ceremony was particularly important to Ivanov’s family in Latvia as they were unable to travel to the site themselves.
“It won’t return my daddy, but no more people will be killed by these people,” Taisa Ivanov, his 12-year-old daughter said in an open letter to service attendees. While the family could not attend the memorial in person, they wrote a letter to Hout Bay community members expressing their appreciation for the efforts made to nab Ivanov’s alleged killers.
The SAPS, with the help of security service providers and Hout Bay’s Community Crime Prevention, were able to arrest three suspects within a week of the murder.
If there was one thing that was clear from the service, it was that Ivanov had a true love for South Africa. Erick Naidoo, a South African colleague at the company Bureau Veritas, said Ivanov jumped at the opportunity to return to South Africa for the third time and stayed an extra day to hike.