SA artist Piet Grobler's wife, child dies

2012-07-25 09:43
Johannesburg - The wife and ten-year-old daughter of children's books illustrator Piet Grobler were killed in a car crash on their way to OR Tambo International Airport, according to a report on Wednesday.

Grobler and his brother, Diek Grobler, were both injured in the accident between Pretoria and the airport on Tuesday, reported Beeld newspaper.

Their car had broken down on the R21 and a bakkie crashed into the stationary vehicle.

Piet Grobler, his wife Marie, and his daughter Catherina were living in the United Kingdom where he is a lecturer in children's book illustrations in Cambridge.

He has illustrated more than 70 books.

Grobler has also done illustrations for South African magazines and newspapers, including the Sunday Times' Lifestyle section, and magazines Sarie and the now closed-down Insig.

He and his brother were both in stable conditions in hospital.


  • delish7564 - 2012-07-25 10:02

    How tragic. Condolences! Get well soon.

  • philip.allebone - 2012-07-25 10:08

    Condolences man

  • MichelleRamsaySA - 2012-07-25 10:19

    So sad.. Can't imagine his pain. RIP Marie and little Catherina x

  • sarah.wilmans - 2012-07-25 13:19

    So terrible. Can not imagine the pain ........ Condolences.

  • mike.bundy.73 - 2012-07-25 14:26

    My hearty condolences to the survivors. I would like to hear more information on this avoidable accident though.

  • emma.m.vink - 2012-07-25 14:34

    Dr Marietjie Grobler taught me how to play piano, how to sing and how to love music deeply. She was an amazing teacher and my heart is bleeding for her husband.

      markus.hegewisch - 2012-07-25 21:15

      She was my Saxophone teacher! She inspired and fostered my love for music! RIP Dr Grobler and Catherina.

  • emma.m.vink - 2012-07-25 14:37

    Dr Marietjie Grobler taught me how to play the piano, to sing and to love music deeply. She was an amazing teacher and she and Piet worshipped Catherina. My heart bleeds for her husband and family.

  • - 2012-07-25 20:13

    Our love and prayers are with you and your family. Dee, Gemma and Amelia

  • margaux.dyvoy - 2012-07-25 22:17

    This is heart breaking news! Dr Grobler was also my music teacher as a foundation phase learner years ago and was such a lovely inspiring lady who instilled a great LOVE for music in me! What a tragedy! My prayers with you Piet in this time of grieving!

  • francois.grobler.56 - 2012-07-26 02:44

    Piet, My wife Kathy and I are heart-broken about this tragedy. We have not interacted much over the last two decades but you were never far from our minds. You and Diek had been my favorite cousins. We fervently hope for full recovery of you both and wishing you the strength and desire to go on and do great things. Francois Grobler, Champaign, Illinois

  • - 2012-07-26 21:08

    So sorry Piet, our thoughts are with you.

  • Liam.McErlean - 2012-07-27 01:48

    Piet is a great man, my condolences go out to him.

  • kerryjean.morse - 2012-08-03 14:46

    Dr Marietjie Grobler ignited my love for playing the flute. I loved her and she was one of the kindest souls I have had the privilege of knowing. I remember how excited she was when she was pregnant with her daughter. I pray for Piet everyday.

  • berna.meredith - 2012-08-03 18:18

    Innige simpatie.

  • rosemarie.breuer - 2012-08-03 22:24

    Unbearably sad. You were such a wonderful and happy family. Please get well, soon, Piet and Diek.

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