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'The murder of my family is part of a divine plan'

Hannelie Groenewald says she’s forgiven the Taliban for killing her husband and two teenage children.

FILE: A picture released shows the Groenewald family. (L-R) Werner Groenewald (46), son Jean-Pierre (17) and daughter Rode (15) were killed in the latest Taliban strike in Kabul on 29 November 2014. Picture: AFP/Courtesy of the family.

PRETORIA - The sole surviving member of a South African family attacked by the Taliban in Afghanistan has relived the final moments of her husband and children's lives ahead of a memorial in Pretoria.

Hannelie Groenewald will today bury her husband Werner, son Jean-Pierre and daughter Rode.

A memorial service is being held at the Moreleta Park Dutch Reformed Church where Werner Groenewald was once a pastor.

Groenewald says it's still unclear why her family was targeted and described the murders as senseless.

"They climbed over the wall, it was just two people and they had suicide vests on. Our door guard approached them and they killed him instantly and went downstairs. When my husband came out, they killed him."

She says the men went upstairs and executed her children who were later found in the only room in the house not gutted by fire.

"It's God's miracle that I could hug everybody and say goodbye to them."

Groenewald says she's forgiven the Taliban, saying the murders are part of a divine plan.