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‘I watched my mom die’

Published Feb 7, 2013


Cape Town - A young Cape Town woman has told of the nightmare in which she tried to save her mother from a mugger, and watched her die.

Dawnsy Mieny, 47, a designer for the Billabong clothes brand, had travelled down the coast from Jeffreys Bay to attend the Red Hot Chili Peppers concert with her 21-year-old daughter. Ahead of them lay an evening at Cape Town Stadium watching the American rockers.

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But instead of the concert, a knife-wielding mugger awaited them.The young woman, whom the Cape Argus has decided not to name, tearfully took up the story, saying they were walking towards the stadium from the Bo-Kaap and crossing rough ground above the disused quarry off Strand Street.

“We were walking above the quarry. There was a scuffle… I ran ahead, to get away from him, but my mom was wrestling with the bag.

“I don’t know how it happened, but she must have fallen down, or slipped, and she then started rolling down the hill. I was running, and she was rolling in front of me. I tried to stop her, but she was already over the edge of the big cliff.”

The young woman saw her mother fall into the disused quarry at the top of Chiappini Street.

The young woman herself was physically unharmed.

Dorothy Daniels, who lives with her husband at the foot of the quarry, was the first to reach Mieny’s body.

She said she and her husband heard people shouting and screaming. Shortly afterwards she heard a loud noise and realised it was the sound of a body hitting the ground.

Police spokesman Andre Traut reported: “A murder case docket has been registered and no one has been arrested as yet. Any person who can shed light on the matter is kindly requested to contact Crime Stop 086 001 0111.”

Russell Adshade, of Billabong, said Mieny, had started working at Billabong as a designer on July 1, 1995.

“Such a tragic end to such a beautiful person’s life,” he wrote to fellow staff members.

“Dawnsy will be dearly missed by all and will be fondly remembered for her zest for life, love of all her friends and fellow staff, and her passion for Billabong, and all that she did.

“No mountain was ever too high or too far. She always gave 100 percent and kept her chin up, no matter the challenges. In her life, love of her fellow being reigned supreme.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with… all her family and friends, during this time of deep sadness and mourning.”

J-Bay local Brenton Williams told the Cape Argus: “You can say that Dawnsy was one of the J-bay local crew and was very much part of the old J-bay.

“She always had a smile whenever you bumped into her around town. Her friends are in disbelief and in shock and some are really angry about what has happened and our thoughts and prayers are with her daughter.”

Williams added: “Even though it won’t bring Dawnsy back, we hope that justice will be done and the scum who did this ends up in jail.”

Cape Argus

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