A 75-year- old woman who lived alone has been found raped and murdered.
Nomathamsanqa Soqhaga’s neighbours discovered her naked body days after her death under a pile of her own clothes.
The Philippi East woman, who kept to herself, was last seen alive last Tuesday.
Her killer apparently dug a trench under her shack in order to gain entry and attack her.
Neighbour Maggie Stemele, 53, says: “She came to ask my daughter if she could go and withdraw money and buy groceries for her and that was the last day anyone saw her alive.
“I didn’t become concerned when I didn’t see her on Wednesday until another neighbour told me about a man who was walking around her house and trying to open the door and windows on Tuesday night.”
On Thursday morning Maggie told her husband what she had heard and asked him to go and check on the gogo.
“I went along with him and when we walked in, the house was ransacked and her clothes were on the floor but she wasn’t there.
“We didn’t want to touch anything and so we asked the police to come and check what exactly was going on.
“They eventually came and investigated, and they made the discovery of the body in that way.
“The old woman was lying on her stomach and she was naked.”
Maggie says the elderly woman has no family in Cape Town: “We tried to find out about her. She only told us about a child who is in Joburg and they didn’t have contact.
“I don’t even know how she will be buried because only family members can claim her body and her ID is missing.”