Orient Heights woman found dead in her home

2014-08-28 00:00

NEIGHBOURS were shocked when a 57-year-old woman was found dead in her Rajput Road home in Orient Heights yesterday morning.

A concerned neighbour said Saras Govender was found with her hands and feet bound and with a pillow over her face.

“We don’t know whether she was strangled or suffocated because there was a cloth around her neck and a pillow on her face,” said a police source.

A neighbour said it was unclear when the murder occurred because Govender was found wearing the same clothes she wore on Tuesday.

“There was no sign of forced entry and we suspect that this was done by someone who knew her,” she said.

Govender was described by her neighbours as someone who kept to herself.

She did not have any biological children and lived with tenants.

“She used to do alternative healing where people visited her home to receive light therapy,” a neighbour said.

She added that Govender enjoyed her privacy.

Family and friends gathered in the house while police officers completed their assessment of the scene.

Spokesperson Yugusan Govender said the family would not comment until the police investigation was completed.

Police Captain Thulani Zwane said the motive for the murder is unknown at this stage. A post-mortem would be conducted to determine the cause of death, he said.

• thobani.ngqulunga@witness.co.za

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