Strangle suspects in court

2012-04-17 00:00

TWO men arrested for the murder of an elderly South Coast woman, Ria Coetzee (76), will appear in the high court in Ramsgate today.

Njabulo Nyawose (26) appeared in the Ramsgate Magistrate’s Court yesterday where he was charged with murder and house robbery.

Nyawose was arrested on Friday in Gamalakhe.

He will join his co-accused, Lungisa Victor Langazane (23), who was arrested a few days after Coetzee’s murder in Gcilima outside Margate.

She was murdered in her St Michael’s home during a robbery two weeks ago. Her murderers strangled her with her dressing gown.

Coetzee’s body was found by her husband, Fanie (77), when he returned from work that evening.

Her son Pieter said, “We are still astounded by what has happened, but we are very happy with where the investigations are at this stage.” He said the family would attend the court proceedings today.

“We attended the accused’s first appearance today [Monday].”

Pieter said his father would continue to live in the house.

“He said he wants to stay in his own house and this incident won’t change that. We have made sure that the house is safe enough for him to be there.”

Fanie and his other son, Sakkie (50), have been receiving counselling. They were the first two people on the scene of the murder.

Coetzee’s little dog, Eddy, who was injured while trying to protect her from her attackers has found a new home in Cape Town.

“With my dad being at work the entire day it would be difficult to keep Eddy. He has found a happy home with my mom’s sister in Cape Town and is doing very well,” said Pieter.

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