Drugs, crime networks and gangs - residents speculate over motives for Franziska's murder

2016-03-11 18:01
Franziska Blöchliger (Screengrab, News24)

Franziska Blöchliger (Screengrab, News24)

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WATCH: Franziska Blöchliger's murder accused arrive in court

2016-03-11 13:33

On Friday, 11 March 2016 four men accused of being linked to the rape and murder of Franziska Blöchliger appeared in court. The case was postponed by a week.WATCH

Cape Town – Tik, criminal networks and gang activity are what residents from Westlake speculated could be behind the fatal attack of a teenage girl in Tokai Forest earlier this week.

Those who currently live there, as well as former residents, were among those who showed their support for the family of Franziska Blöchliger.

They attended the appearance of four men at the Wynberg Magistrate’s Court on Friday.

It emerged the men were charged with murder, robbery with aggravating circumstances and three counts of rape.

According to the charge sheet, three of the accused come from Westlake. One lives in Steenberg.

Pollsmoor prison, renowned for housing hardened gangsters, bordered these areas.

The crime scene was barely two kilometres away.

“I don’t think it’s right what they did to an innocent child… they must be punished for their deeds,” said Karen Lewin, who grew up in Westlake Village.

She emphasised that most people who lived there were decent and law-abiding.

“You can’t blame everyone there.”

A mysterious drug runner

Residents around her nodded their heads.

Keeping their identities secret for fear they could be targeted, they opened up about what they knew of the accused.

A woman who used to live next to one of them said he had appeared in court before on a charge of housebreaking. “That is their hobby.”

She added that there was a man in their community, “Farouk”, who was known for influencing their youngsters.

“He is using young children to work for him and he pays them in drugs.

Another resident referred to one of the accused as “an old criminal”.

Some felt that tik, or methamphethamine, explained the violent nature of the attack.

A car guard who read a newspaper article about possible drug use in the attack, piped up: “That is no excuse. I was on tik for 10 years. Been clean for five years. It’s no excuse.”

The accused will remain in custody until their appearance for a bail application next Friday.

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