Cape Town – A woman who was killed in her home in Pringle Bay, in the Western Cape, knew the man accused of the murder.
This was according to well-placed sources, who said the man had come across as a "nice guy" and "decent".
Ferra Thompson, 52, was found dead in the bedroom of her double-storey home on Monday morning.
A post-mortem was being conducted to determine the cause of death.
Western Cape police spokesperson Sinathi Joni said a man, 20, would appear in the Caledon Magistrate's Court on Thursday on charges of murder and theft of a motor vehicle.
Thompson's Honda Jazz was reported missing and later recovered around 30km away, near the turn-off to Hermanus. It was burnt out.
According to one source, the man had a slight burn wound and allegedly admitted to police that he stole the car.
Several signs pointed to the fact that Thompson knew her attacker.
“There was no forced entry at the place. She had two dogs in the house. There were cups of coffee on the table,” the source said.
Pringle Bay is a popular holiday town just over an hour's drive from Cape Town.
Thompson was a permanent resident in the town while her husband worked in Tanzania. She had two adult sons.
The killing had left residents reeling as it was out of the ordinary for the area. Hangklip/Kleinmond CPF chairperson Edward Richards said they had not had violent crime in Pringle Bay for many years.
"It is terrible and such an unfortunate situation. We don’t exactly know what the motive is," he said.
Ashley Rensburg, of the Pringle Bay neighbourhood watch, said residents were in shock and it was inevitable that accusations would be flying around.
There had been an "alarming trend" of break-ins and theft out of properties in the area for the last few months, he said.
Axel Maier, a member of the ratepayers’ association, said they helped police track down the stolen car using licence plate recognition cameras.