A South African man, Manna Delport is devastated after his wife, Candice, 27, died in a plane crash on Saturday, August 27th, along with a man with whom she was having an affair.
Netwerk24 reported the four-seater Cessna crash-landed on the farm Doringkop, between Machadodorp and Carolina, in Mpumalanga after taking off from the Komati Gorge Lodge in SA.
The plane belonged to Herklass Smith, Candice’s lover and he was flying it. Ernst Labushagne, Smith’s cousin, was also killed in the accident. Smith was also divorcing his wife, Anel.
Police spokesperson Brigadier Leonard Hlathi said the plane exploded on impact and two of the bodies were burnt beyond recognition.
Manna, a banana farmer from Komatipoort, is the manager of Herklaas’ father’s Henti’s fertiliser company.
“I worked long hours and that was when the relationship between Candice and Herklaas started,” he explained.
She had been living with her family and they were still married. The couple had a 3-year-old daughter, who was with her father when the plane crashed.
Addressing his late wife on Facebook on August 28th, the 30-year-old said “Words cannot describe the feelings. You are and always will be the love of my life.” He described her as a gorgeous woman and an excellent mother. His full post below:
“Candice. Words cannot describe the feelings. You are and alway will be the love of my life. You stole my heart from the moment I saw you. You made me a true believer of love at first sight and every single time I saw you the love just grew,even if I just blinked my eyes. As you now made your way to heaven,just know that you were the most loved woman on the face of the earth. Your a mother to the most beautiful daughter and you’ve given me the greatest joy in life,she will forever remember her mother and I’ll tell her daily how fantastic you were. There will be an empty space in our hearts forever, proudly reserved for when we meet in eternity!! I will raise our child to the best of my ability,but I will never be able to fill you shoes!! It is so unfair how life goes….and ends. I will forever be proud to call you my wife!!! Heaven is certainly a better place now!!!! I love you my dear and always will”
Manna with their daughter
Credit: Manna Delport/Facebook/ News 24/South African Police Service