The murder of a mother, allegedly by ex-Knysna teens, has made Knysna sadly abuzz this week.
"Hey mom! We have moved to a beautiful new home that is so fancy Charial [sister] is blown away everyday! She has her own swimming pool and her school is epic. We talk about you everyday and pray for you wherever you are, don't worry about us we are happy and strong. You'll be happy to know Charial cleans her room everyday on her own accord (she even says please and thank you) and her teachers think she is the loveliest girl in the world. We love you!"
That was ironically posted online months ago by Phoenix Theron (18) after her mother, Rosemary Theron (39), went missing in Cape Town in March 2013. Now, Phoenix, an ex-Knysna High student, along with her boyfriend, Kyle Maspero (18), were arrested in CPT for the alleged murder of her mom. Godfrey Scheepers (20) came forward to tell of his involvement in moving the body 4 months after the murder. He has been released on bail whilst Phoenix and Kyle are being held in Pollsmoor Prison.
The murder was allegedly premeditated. The Cape Argus reported that the court heard that Phoenix had hugged her mother (slim and only 5 feet tall) and said, "Sorry for fighting," before her boyfriend strangled her with a rope from behind.
All involved lived in Cape Town but all had, strangely, lived in Knysna. And Knysna is a small town. On Monday afternoon, this writer encountered 4 ex-classmates in 3 different places who knew the alleged antagonists. They were all surprised and spoke well of Phoenix who was described as friendly and sweet.
Phoenix and her mom had fought over her boyfriend. Additionally, drugs were involved with tik being mentioned. If reports that Kyle Maspero was manipulative and Phoenix Theron was malleable, it's reminiscent of the Nicolette Lotter/Matthew Naidoo case in Durban (. However, it's difficult to come to terms with a commentator on IOL who shared how not only how the trust of a friend had been abused but how cold this request was:
"Dear Concerned friends of Rosemary. I saw Racing Cloud [Phoenix] today and she said that as she does not have access to Facebook at the moment she would like me to make this request ( I suggested it and she liked the idea, it came as a relief to her.) She asked that people rather not phone too much, especially not to the cops, as they have been complaining that too many people are phoning them. But if they would like to do something, please put a contribution towards the trust fund that has been opened for them. Their big concern is paying the rent by the end of the month. At the moment they make just enough to pay part of the rent and food on teaching surfing, but this does not even cover full transport costs, so they could do with any help anyone can offer financially right now to keep them afloat a bit longer. She is in positive spirits and really being brave and strong. She is very grateful for all the kindness from everyone. Thank you, loving family."
Furthering the tragedy is that Rosemary Theron leaves behind two more children, Charial and Taki.
Personal note: I don't condone murder but no person matches a single description or action. Not only has a woman's life been taken but the lives of these young adults have been destroyed (in another year and frame of mind, there may have been a totally different outcome). Crime makes many victims. Hard drugs are the curse of Knysna where our politicians and local government have done nothing major to counter its growing hold on our town! Crime is a community problem.
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