Christel Moseadie was apparently strangled to death, and was found naked and wrapped in a curtain inside her home in Hout Bay.
The suspect, Andrew Moseadie, is expected back in the Wynberg Magistrates’ Court on 4 December on a charge of murder.
Christel’s decomposed body was found in her toilet in Petersen Street, Mandela Park on 7 November by her child’s father, her mother and sisters.
Her mother, Josephine Brown, 59, tells the Daily Voice they became worried when they did not hear from Christel and her cellphone was switched off.
They went to her house and one of the sisters became suspicious when they saw Moseadie “with scratches and cuts in his face”.
“She asked him where Christel was and he said at work, but she knew it wasn’t true as Christel worked at neighbours and she had not been seen,” explains Josephine.
“He didn’t want family to enter the house.
“We then asked Christel’s son’s father, Ricardo Vlotman, to go with us to have a look.”
She says they found Christel’s naked and decomposing body in her toilet, her face covered with a curtain.
“Ricardo pushed open the window and said ‘daar lê sy’. She had a curtain over her face and she was naked,” Josephine says.
“Four condoms were found at the scene, but we cannot say yet if she was raped.”
Josephine adds it’s suspected Moseadie had planned to bury Christel in the graveyard next to her home after a hole was found.
“He got an axe and was going to cut her up apparently and put her into a bag, but that road is too busy there,” she says.
“A hole was found in the cemetery.”