A day before the culmination of the 16 Days of Activism against Violence against Women and Children, an Isipingo woman was allegedly strangled to death by her estranged husband at her home in Orient Park, Durban, on Friday evening, Rising Sun Chatsworth reports.
According to family spokesperson and the deceased’s brother Ravi Govender, the 49-year-old mother, Mogey Rajoo, who was working as a machinist, was found lying on the kitchen floor by her daughter.
“My niece, who arrived home after 7pm, had unlocked the house door, and as she walked down the passage and looked into the kitchen, she found her mother lying on the floor. She screamed for the neighbours to help and then called me immediately. We cannot comment further, as the case is currently under investigation. All I can say is my sister was a wonderful, calm, jovial and caring woman. We don’t know what could have possessed him to do this to her,” said Govender.
According to neighbours, the suspect was allegedly seen at the deceased’s home at about 6pm that evening and was not seen in the area afterwards.
Private investigator Beaver Shunmogam said: “I was engaged by the family to assist in the search of the suspect, and together with Isipingo police, we combed the entire vicinity on Saturday morning, but to no avail. At around 3pm that afternoon, I later received information that the suspect was seen in a local pub in Lotus Park. I contacted my brother, Wesley Mariemuthoo, a metro police officer to check. The suspect tried to run away upon seeing him and other community members, but they managed to apprehend him until the police arrived. I would like to commend Isipingo police for their hard work and determination in solving cases.”
Isipingo police communications officer Captain David Ragavan said: “A case of murder is being investigated by Isipingo police. The suspect was arrested and appeared in the Durban Magistrates’ Court on Monday afternoon.”
– Caxton News Service