Umhlanga woman brutally murdered

2013-04-24 10:14

Durban - An Umhlanga woman who lived alone with her cat was found dead in her house on Tuesday morning.

It was not clear when the woman, who was 63, was killed, but neighbours believe it could have been in the early hours of Monday morning.

She was found naked with her mouth gagged and her feet and hands bound,

A gardener who works in a block of flats across the road from the woman’s house and who sometimes helped her take out her rubbish told The Witness he became worried when he phoned her and she didn’t pick up her phone.

“I owed her R50 and I wanted to return it to her. She didn’t pick up the phone on Monday, and this morning when I didn’t see her, I went to the lady who lives next door and asked her to phone her and check if everything was alright,” Vusi Shozi said.

No security

Seeing a broken window from the other side of the fence, Shozi and the neighbour, who gave her name only as Kim, went inside the yard to try and find out more.

“I then went around the back, and I could see that the TV cabinet had been moved,” he said.

They called the police, who arrived to find the woman naked, gagged and bound.

Shozi said he had never seen anything like it in the 17 years he had worked in the neighbourhood.

“There is the odd break-in now and then, but there’s never been a murder,” he said.

Another neighbour described the woman as a quiet, reserved person who kept to herself and looked after her cat.

“She was a spinster and had no children. We’re trying to find her sister, but since she was married, we don’t know what surname she took,” he said.

The woman had lived in the same house with her parents and inherited it when her mother, her last known living relative, died, he said.

Next-door neighbour Kim said the security at the woman’s home was “non-existent”.

“It was an easy break-in. They knew that she was living alone,” she told The Witness.

She said she had tried to convince her neighbour to sell up and move into a more secure home.

Kim added: “When you get to a certain age, you do not live in a freestanding home with bad security.”

Cat lover

The woman had posted a message on a website for avid cat lovers looking for pen pals.

“I would love cat lovers from all over to write to me. I love cats as they are with you all the time and my cat sleeps with me.

“I have one black and white cat and my hobbies are writing, travel and cats in general. I have been reading All About Cats magazine for many years. I collect cat things, teddy bears, candles, souvenirs, teaspoons, seashells, magnets etc. Please write me letters,” she wrote.

Police would not comment on the murder on Tuesday as their crime administration system was offline.

The murder follows that of prominent businessman Nhlanhla Gasa, who was killed at home in Umhlanga and his body dumped into the Tugela River last month.

Following a number of reports about vicious crime in Hillcrest and surrounding communities in KwaZulu-Natal, Premier Zweli Mkhize will hold a community dialogue with residents in the affected areas in Hillcrest on Wednesday.


  • Winifred Watson - 2013-04-24 10:42

    What a shame and what a way to die. R.I.P. dear lady. Just another number to add to the crime list.

      Sean Stretch - 2013-04-24 16:14

      This is so sad, I can't handle this anymore, a simple woman who loved animals is killed for what? by some cowardly lowlife. The authorities that allow this to continually happen are a disgrace and should be held accountable? COME ON PEOPLE USE YOUR VOTE TO EFFECT CHANGE!

  • Jack Reacher - 2013-04-24 10:46

    And here we go again, another brutal murder. FFS when will the people of South Africa be given their democratic right and vote in a referendum on the Death Penalty. The politicians sure as hell are not doing anything, so let us, the people, take that burden off their shoulders and we will decide if we want the Death Penalty or not. This is all considering the SAPS can ever catch the criminals and our court system can prosecute them successfully.

      Dean Redelinghuys - 2013-04-24 11:28

      saps and justice dept in absolute disarray to say the least, couldnt trust either with the death penalty! can you imagine how many anti zuma campaigners would hang!

      Billy Andrew Croucamp - 2013-04-24 12:26

      We have got the death penalty....we die and these animals are protected..

      Robert Cerff - 2013-04-24 13:00

      Honestly Jack... what will the death penalty matter? The SAPS are corrupt. The legal system a complete mess. And how many people will be found guilty of something they didn't do to serve a political agenda? No... this is not an answer.

  • Bruce Gauld - 2013-04-24 10:48

    Remove the anc!!! Remove them from power or this country is finished. Imagine another 5 years of this! There will be nobody left. Its do or die time at the polls next year. . Rest in piece lady, another pieceful soul removed from our country.

      Lungile Tommy Ka Lwandle - 2013-04-24 11:13

      @Bruce and put who incharge??

      Bruce Gauld - 2013-04-24 11:24

      With people that care. With people who haven't been given the slightest chance to prove themselves. With people who remain transparent. The D.A obviously. They have the technical knowhow to govern. They have accountability. And if you're one of the people who believe that they will bring back apartheid then go vote for someone else. Just not the anc!! Or me and you are gonners! Its just a matter of time. Even if the anc still win, at least if we can erode their power to the 55% mark they will have to wake up and keep us safe. Or all they will be doing is to continue to think about themselves and their bank accounts while we sit around getting tied up killed and shot at. Do something with your vote, just do not give it to THEM please!!

      Sean Stretch - 2013-04-24 12:52

      @Lungile - anyone but the ANC, why not the DA? what have they done that you mistrust them? they have more skills and moral fibre than the despicable ANC!

  • Pradesh Singh - 2013-04-24 11:00

    DBN, one a beautiful city, now Gone to the DOGS. such a pitty, Rest of SA is soon to follow

      Justin Rose - 2013-04-24 11:24

      Pradesh DBN follows JHB, we are always first in everything. JHB was completely effd by 1995 (almost evrybody in our street was robbed or hijiacked at some stage by 1997). I used to visit DBN at that time and was still ok, but like everywhere you can't hide from this crime and grime in SA. Eventually it catches up - last on the tour in Cape Town which will be royally fkd in another 10 years, once the DA is removed. Then CT will be like RIO, beautiful from a distance, with a nice mountain and a Sea - come a little closer and all the rubbish will be evident.

      Gunner ZN - 2013-04-24 13:33

      Pradesh, not only Durbs but ask the question WHY???

      Lionel De Frontignac - 2013-04-27 09:22

      Actually, Cape Town featured in a recent documentary as one of the most dangerous cities in the world. It is a beautiful place to live in, if you are in Clifton, Bishopscourt etc, though...

  • Tersia Louw - 2013-04-24 11:06

    "Police would not comment on the murder on Tuesday as their crime administration system was offline." Really, SAPS? You can't comment if you're offline? Heaven help us.

      Raymond Van Den Brink - 2013-04-24 12:02

      Their brains are off-line all the time and they continually take sick leave to recover from hang overs. What kind of performance do you expect when half of them cannot even read or write??

  • Charl Malan - 2013-04-24 11:13

    this country is literally bleeding

      Grant Durban - 2013-04-24 17:22

      So sad

  • Democrazy - 2013-04-24 11:18

    Sounds fishy - it was a known figure that one out! So Zuemer says we live so safely here in suthern efriker

  • Craig Wilson - 2013-04-24 11:27

    remove the anc.useless government. protect innocent victims instead of lining their pockets.these people in power only look at the short term impact.long term..they'll be begging for intervention from people who have some intelligent insight,morals and compassion.i dont know how educated people can think apartheid will be brought back by the DA. Careful..what who you vote for, America.They might bring back SLAVERY

  • Michelle Victor Ellis - 2013-04-24 11:34

    SA is on its knees. Just a matter of time before it's on all fours!! RIP dear lady. I pray justice will prevail.

  • Christina Setloboko - 2013-04-24 12:30

    Eish shaking head!!!! who is living among us? when is it going to stop, how many defenseless people have to die before action is taken? for as long as there is no harsh punishment in S.A. we will see and read things like this, just so heart breaking.. Rest in peace Mama

  • DjBas - 2013-04-24 12:45

    Dear God please help us because jacob won't.

  • Mac Fourie - 2013-04-24 13:04

    What a disgrace this is. We have become a country of cowards! Millions controlled by few. The majority of the people seek the death penalty to be reinstated. The answer we get is silence. I'd rather not refer to the ANC government as that will cause me to vomit. Unproudly South African.

  • Puleng Mabuya - 2013-04-24 14:26

    i am not an anc supporter.we can blame anc for corruption,fraud, ect but we can't blame anc for every crime that happens .the woman was killed bcoz dis bastards think its better to do crime than go and look for a job.

      warren-rodel - 2013-04-24 15:49

      ANC supports crime because the president is a criminal, and will not pay for a adequite police force and instead builds a massive home for himself, Yes it is ANC's fault!

  • Maxine Rodel Crosskill - 2013-04-24 15:37

    And they will never find the people who did it...ever!

      warren-rodel - 2013-04-24 15:53

      Viva ANC Viva! ANC is numba 1 for idiots! VIVA!

  • Grant Durban - 2013-04-24 17:18

    It's a disgrace that we live in a country that has lost any respect for life, law or morality, a fish rots from the head and in this case the head live a fair distance north of uMhlanga in nkandla with more security than most army bases

  • Grant Durban - 2013-04-24 17:20

    So tragic

  • John Smith - 2013-04-24 17:46

    We need GOD's law to be used. National law is useless! Prison is useless! Deuteronomy 19.12, 19.21, 21.22 ! Life for a life is GOD's law!

  • John Smith - 2013-04-24 17:58

    Any one who breaches one's security should face death at the hands of the defender of his home, property and life. The intruder is not visiting to enjoy one's conversation or a meal.

  • Sibusiso Sibisi - 2013-04-24 19:04

    I wish we live in America because the killer would know that 'there is no where to hide away from justice.

  • Grant Durban - 2013-04-25 07:06

    Have there been any arrests ? Now demoted to yesterday's news ! Is there even an investigating officer to whom this case has been assigned ?

      Felicity Konigsberger - 2013-04-27 18:35

      No they are offline .............

  • Lynn Hattingh - 2013-04-25 07:49

    This is terrifying, its like canned hunting, all the elderly people's lives are on the line! No old person is safe from these cowardly bastards. The mere fact that they can kill someone who is not able to resist makes them feel all powerful and they will keep doing it because it is easy pickings. This country needs outside help to curb crime, we are not able to do this ourselves.

  • Ricky Singh - 2013-04-27 09:17

    WHich scum will rob an old lady and kill her in this way.Barbaric.Just yesterday,came to my area where I live only to find a car rammed in the wall and police all around.The good news is these robbers were caught and set on by police dogs who savaged them.What a wonderful sight it was to see them handcuffed and lying on the ground.More of this and less of them getting away with it.This just made my day.....gross but good!

  • pages:
  • 1