Shocked moms pay respect at Tokai forest spot where teen was killed

2016-03-08 16:30
(Jenna Etheridge, News24)

(Jenna Etheridge, News24)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Cape Town – The murder of a teenage girl in Tokai forest has left some mothers in shock and disbelief.

“It could have been my child,” was the sentiment of a steady stream of mothers who came to pay their respects at the edge of the forest on Tuesday afternoon.

Other members of the public joined in, some crying or walking around with a lost expression.

Bunches of bright bouquets and cards lined a fence on the corner of Dennedal Avenue and Orpen Road.

The 16-year-old’s body was found in the forest on Monday evening. She appeared to have been assaulted and strangled. Netwerk24 named her as Franziska Blochliger.

Resident Amanda Stergianos said the killing hit very close to home.

She had three daughters, aged 15, 13, and 11. They, along with other children in the area, often played or rode their bikes in the forest.

“I am very shocked. Even at a school function this morning the mood was very sombre. All the parents are talking about this.”

She often walked her dogs there or ran on her own with an iPod.

“I would be a target. There is a 5km loop here and it feels safe and do-able for many people.”

As she spoke, a man jogged past and made his way towards the forest.

Using tissues to wipe away her tears, another mother said she could not believe something so serious had happened where she and her 13-year-old daughter often walked.

Rugshana Noordien had been unable to concentrate at her office and decided to drive to the area.

Speaking to another mother, she said she could not imagine that someone would want to kill her or her children.

“This is something you don’t expect. You don’t think violence is so much ... that you can’t even take a walk,” she told News24.

She said she was definitely not returning to the forest.

While people spoke about the incident, a family with a baby girl and toddler walked out of the forest.

Not identifying themselves, they said they had lived in the area for 30 years.

A park ranger had told them to stay away because it was a crime scene but they refused to have the forest taken away from them.

“They are not going to win.”

The Constantia Society forum invited the public to join a vigil at the spot at 18:00.

Stergianos planned to release pink balloons with her daughters in the same area on Saturday morning.

Read more on:    franziska blochliger  |  cape town  |  crime

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

Inside News24

Competition regulation for a growing and inclusive economy

ADVERTORIAL: The Competition Commission of South Africa is conducting advocacy work in the South African automotive aftermarket industry and has gazetted a Draft Code of Conduct for public comment.


WATCH: Man films himself going down water slide upside down as things go very wrong…

What is at first an exciting tummy-turning adventure stunt, quickly turns into a scarily bad idea caught on camera. Take a look:


You won't want to miss...

WATCH: Conor McGregor: Notorious the trailer
Best date night restaurants in South Africa
WATCH: Ryan Reynolds offers fans a free tattoo in new Deadpool 2 teaser
Should you date your co-worker?
Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.