We still can't believe this happened - Govender family

2015-09-28 13:58
Luresha Govender's older brother and his wife sit in the Randburg Magistrate's Court. (Netwerk24)

Luresha Govender's older brother and his wife sit in the Randburg Magistrate's Court. (Netwerk24)

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We admired her independence and strength - brother of slain Luresha Govender talks as murder case continues

2015-09-07 13:45

Luresha Govender's murder case continues in the Randburg Magistrate's Court where 39-year-old handyman Anthony Strauss stands accused of strangling Govender with an electrical cable. WATCH

Johannesburg - The family of Luresha Govender, strangled to death in her Paulshof Johannesburg home by the man she hired to fit her kitchen cupboards, still cannot believe what happened her.

Govender's mother Rani, speaking outside the Randburg Magistrate's Court where judgment was postponed to October 8, said they were "very tense and nervous" about the judgment.

"We are ready to see the process to its end, so we will be here every day, every time it's required," she told journalists, tears welling up in her eyes.

"We can't explain. The loss is very great. You can't put words to it. The loss is absolutely great and every time you go through it. You feel it, even nine months down the line. It is totally unbelievable that this has happened to us and happened to my child."

If it was necessary for the judgment to take longer, so the right decision could be made and for Judge Solly Sithole to apply his mind to the case, the family were for that, she said.

Govender's brother Niren, flanked by his father Nad, who was standing beside Rani, said the family trusted the process.

"We definitely trust the advocate and the investigating officer. They're doing a great job. I think it's been postponed. They are pressed for time but we'll just keep doing what we have to do to make sure it gets done," he said.

Niren was the one who discovered Govender's body in her home.

The family gained a lot of strength through the support they have received from their family, friends, and Govender's friends.

"I think she is sort of leaving behind a legacy. So much support, people willing to take time off work and change their plans and do whatever needs to be done just to be here," Niren said.

Rani said the support they had received showed the impact her daughter had had on the lives of others, and not just those of her friends and family.

The electrical cord

The man charged with the murder, Anthony Strauss, in previous testimony admitted strangling Govender in a fit of rage on December 30 after the pair had a disagreement.

Strauss had been hired by Govender last December to fit kitchen cupboards at her house in Paulshof, Johannesburg.

He told the court he had tied an electrical cord around Govender's neck and choked her to death, stating he had never meant to kill her.

On September 4, under-cross examination from prosecutor Nerisha Naidoo, Stauss admitted to being a drug addict and told the court he had used drugs on several occasions the day he killed Govender.

Stauss's cellphone records were brought as part of evidence, and it was revealed that he had spent the day making phone calls to drug dealers as well as his girlfriend Lilla Shaw.

Shaw had introduced Govender to Strauss and recommended him for the job.

It was understood that Strauss had strangled and killed Govender and then covered her with a duvet.

He allegedly spent several hours at her home after killing her and left in her sports car the next morning, with her body discovered later the same day.

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