This mother of three died less than 24 hours after she was struck by a gangster’s bullet.
Mary-Anne Hartnick, 46, was on her way home from work on Friday night when she was hit by a single bullet in her face.
Eyewitnesses say the gunman fired shots in Mary-Anne’s direction in Blagden Road, Steenberg.
She died in Groote Schuur hospital at 4.20pm on Saturday, surrounded by her family, after doctors declared her brain dead and switched off the machines that kept her alive.
Three weeks ago Mary-Anne risked her life to save a boy as shots were fired outside a school near her home.
She grabbed the shocked child and dragged him into her house.
Yesterday her common law husband Lionel Snyder, 62, said he could not believe she was gone.
“I am just so shocked,” he says. “We stood around her and watched the doctors switch off the machines.”
Lionel was waiting for Mary-Anne to come home on Friday when he got the news about the shooting instead.
“I was worried when she wasn’t home by 6.30pm, 15 minutes later we heard she was shot,” he says.
“I was watching a movie at home and didn’t even hear the gunshots.
“I asked her who shot her and she couldn’t answer.”
Mary-Anne’s sister-in-law Joanne Hammerse described her as “a hardworking woman” who wanted the best for her family.
“She didn’t do anyone any harm. Sy moet nie so gegaan het nie (She shouldn’t have died that way),” she weeps.
Lieutenant Colonel André Traut says no one was arrested.
“The circumstances are being investigated,” he says.