Man held for woman’s murder in sleepy Cape coastal town

2017-08-15 17:39
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Cape Town – The small coastal town of Pringle Bay was in shock after one of its residents was murdered in her home, with a man arrested soon after the killing, according to Western Cape police on Tuesday.

The body of the woman, in her fifties, was discovered on Monday morning, said Western Cape police spokesperson Sinathi Joni.

Her Honda Jazz was reported missing and later recovered around 30km away. It was burnt out.

A 20-year-old man was arrested and is set to appear in the Caledon Magistrate’s Court on Thursday. He faced charges of murder and theft of a motor vehicle.

Pringle Bay is a popular holiday town situated just over an hour away from Cape Town.

The killing had left residents reeling as it was out of the ordinary for the area.

“We haven’t had any violent crime [in Pringle Bay] at all, at least not since I have been on the CPF for four years. Violent crime is new,” Hangklip/Kleinmond CPF chairperson Edward Richards said on Tuesday.

“It is terrible and such an unfortunate situation. We don’t exactly know what the motive is.”

The woman had recently purchased the property and was a permanent resident, said Ashley Rensburg of the Pringle Bay neighbourhood watch.

“Her alarm was triggered or there was an alarm problem and the security company went to investigate. They then came across the victim at the property.”

The cause of death was not yet known. Police said a post-mortem still had to be conducted.

Rensburg said her husband worked in Tanzania and she had two sons. Two friends came to the crime scene on Monday.

A community that stands up to crime

Residents watched as the crime scene was cordoned off and a forensic team swept through the property.

“There will be shock and there will be lots of accusations and hurt,” said Rensburg. This was because lots of questions remained and people were concerned about their safety.

He said there had been an “alarming trend” of break-ins and theft out of property in the area for the last few months.

However, not all crimes were reported as there was a level of apathy.

Rensburg said there were fewer of these reported cases compared to the same period last year.

The area comprised of permanent residents, people who lived in South Africa during the summer months, and weekend holidaymakers.

The CPF often handed out pamphlets to weekenders to sensitise them to basic safety, security and fire tips.

Rensburg said they worked closely with the police and had visible security teams on the ground.

“This is one of the communities that does stand up and work together for the greater good.”

People from the area could contact the Kleinmond police station if they required counselling.

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