A candle for Candice

2015-08-18 06:01
Residents of West Cape Villas held a vigil in memory of Candice Bowers, who was stabbed to death. The residents used the vigil to promote women’s rights and speak out against domestic violence.

Residents of West Cape Villas held a vigil in memory of Candice Bowers, who was stabbed to death. The residents used the vigil to promote women’s rights and speak out against domestic violence.

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Close to 100 people came out to celebrate Women’s Day with a difference – with a candle in hand.

Still shocked at the sudden loss of their neighbour, West Cape Villas residents held a vigil outside the home of Candice Bowers. She had been killed on Saturday last week, allegedly by her husband.

The Lentegeur Community Police Forum (CPF) and the executive of the local ratepayers’ association also attended the vigil.

Organiser Waydeline Hendricks, the CPF project coordinator and Bower’s neighbour, says they are deeply saddened by the loss of their 28-year-old neighbour.

“We are all very close here in West Cape Villas. No-one expected this to happen,” she says.

Hendricks adds that the vigil was the perfect time to discuss and emphasise women’s rights.

“We held this in memory of her and the turnout was great. I was really impressed with how people could talk openly about respect and come out against domestic violence,” she says.

Domestic violence is a subject people shy away from, says Hendricks.

“We tend to not get involved. But what we want to promote is that we look after each other. We need to engage one another, because when you hurt, I hurt; when one dies, we are all affected.”

Bowers was very active in the area and always concerned about crime and overall improvement of the area.

But in the early hours of Saturday last week, her life came to a tragic end.

Lentegeur police spokesperson Sergeant Cathy Meyer confirms police were called to the scene.

“Officers responded to an incident at a house in Cranberry Street. They discovered a 28-year-old woman lying inside the house with multiple stab wounds to her upper body,” she confirms.

Officers also found her 32-year-old husband with stab wounds in the bedroom.

Both were treated on the scene by paramedics, but Bowers was declared dead on the scene. It is alleged that her husband had stabbed her and then tried to take his own life, but was unsuccessful. He was taken to a nearby hospital for further treatment.

A case of murder is being investigated. The motive has not yet been determined by police.
“As the CPF, we reject these violent acts,” Hendricks says. She also says people should not shy away from domestic violence because there is help.
“We have a victim support group at the Lentegeur police station and with me being on the CPF we work very closely with this community,” she says.
The support unit is available for anyone who has become a victim of substance abuse, crime or abuse.

Contact the Lentegeur victim support room on 021 377 5036/37 or lentegeur.saps@­saps.­gov.za.

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