Murdered pensioner's family overwhelmed by support

2015-06-01 17:42

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Cape Town - The Ruyterwacht family who scraped together money to offer as a reward after their mother was found brutally murdered have been overwhelmed by the kindness of strangers.

Shortly after News24 reported on Friday that Susan Loubser's family had collected R10 000 amongst themselves in the hope that a reward might help with information leading to the arrest of her murderer(s), a South African living in Saudi Arabia said he would donate another R10 000 to help find the “barbaric person or people that did this”.

The offer was met with gratitude by Loubser’s daughter, Merle Holdsworth.

“We didn’t expect such a reaction,” she told News24.

Holdsworth said while an arrest would help bring closure to the family, "nothing will ever bring my mother back”.

“She still had many years left in her. The only ailments she had were problematic hips and knees.

“My grandmother had lived to the age of 93. My mother was healthy. We thought we had more time.”

Loubser was found dead in her Ruyterwacht, Cape Town, home on May 22.

The pensioner, known in the area as an animal lover with a soft spot for cats, was found in her bedroom by two of her children after a neighbour told them she had heard screams coming from the house.

The elderly woman had sustained stab wounds to her throat and chest and her jaw had been broken.

Loubser’s body appeared to have been dragged from the front door to her room.

Only a six-week-old flat screen TV set and a DVD player were missing from her home.

“I have been told that the TV has been found at a pawn shop after being sold for only R300,” Holdsworth said. The police could not confirm this.

Loubser's grandson Jacques said they were surprised and thankful for the numerous messages of support and interest expressed by people they do not even know.

Provincial police spokesperson Constable Noloyiso Rwexana confirmed that no arrests have yet been made as the police’s investigation continues.

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