'Dark day for Kommetjie' after environmentalist is murdered

2016-11-01 15:21
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Cape Town - Investigations into the murder of a Kommetjie environmentalist have established that an apparent domestic dispute may be behind the incident.

Wally Petersen, 56, was found dead in his Far South home on Monday.

While initially rumoured to be a result of a home invasion, police appear to believe otherwise.

A 32-year-old woman from Pelican Park was arrested shortly after the murder and was expected in court once charged, SAPS spokesperson Lieutenant-Colonel Andre Traut said.

Petersen, who was part of the Kommetjie Environmental Awareness Group, was reportedly found by friends on the stoep of his home.

His life revolved around the environment and community, his good friend Jenni Trethowan told News24.

"He did his work without recognition. He was respected by everybody," she said.

Petersen was not only passionate about his own hometown, but was regularly involved in projects in the surrounding areas of Masiphumelele and Ocean View.

Trethowan said he had, until Monday, been busy with food gardens and public open spaces in these communities.

"Yesterday was a very dark day for Kommetjie," the emotional Trethowan said.

"He was one of my dearest friends - a huge part of my life and the lives of my two sons. We adored him."

Petersen lived alone and had an extensive circle of friends, she added.

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