A woman who worked as a nanny for Graham and Lauren Dickason’s three children when the family still lived in South Africa before moving to New Zealand has expressed her grief at their murders.
“I’m so torn apart because those kids they used to love me so much and I used to like that family so much. I’m speechless,” Mandy Sibanyoni said to Jacaranda FM.
Two-year-old twins Karla and Maya and their six-year-old sister, Liane were found dead by their father, Graham Dickason on Thursday night when he returned from his new job as an orthopaedic surgeon.
His wife, a general practitioner has been charged with the children’s murders and appeared before the Timaru District Court on Saturday, 18 September 2021.
Sibanyoni, who cared for the children in their Pretoria home, said she is still coming to terms with the news and wonders what went wrong with Lauren Dickason.
“I’m just asking myself one question – what went wrong? Lauren never had something like a grudge or something, I always saw her with a smile on her face. Even the husband, a smile on his face, even the kids. So, I’m torn apart,” she told the Gauteng radio station.
“The relationship with the mother and father was so good. They were such a loving family for me and my family also and with the girl, everything went well. We used to go placed together with the other extended families. It was nice. No wrong sides of the Dickason’s that I know. I only know that they are a loving and caring family, always happy,”Lauren Dickason
It comes as Rapport recently cited a source as saying Lauren Dickason had stopped taking chronic medication to ensure her emigration application to New Zealand was successful.
The Dickason family moved to New Zealand in August and spent two weeks in mandatory quarantine. They had lived in Pretoria.