On Tuesday, Manenberg police issued a picture of Trevor “Toyer” Michaels, 50, saying he was wanted in connection with the woman’s murder in a suspected domestic dispute.
Hours later, cops revealed the man was found in Bellville and had been taken into custody.
Police spokesperson Captain FC van Wyk confirms a “person of interest” had been traced to Bellville on Tuesday night but says: “He will be questioned and the investigation will lead to him being charged or not. Investigation continues.”
The body of the friendly woman, known as Aunty Macy, was found inside her home in Irvine Street by her daughter when she returned home from work.
Her heartbroken family says they are happy Michaels has been caught and confirm they had been in a relationship for five months.
Her 32-year-old daughter says: “There are posts on Facebook that my sister left her alone at home with him but that is incorrect.
“The truth is my mother was alone at home when my sister left.
“We are also upset about the claims that there was a note written in blood; there was nothing written in blood.
“Only God, my mother and he knows what happened in that house.”
She says a week before her death Aunty Macy had gone on a road trip with two close friends.
“Two evangelists, Keith and Rhona Brand, took my mother to Knysna, Gansbaai and other places and she even enjoyed a boat trip.
“I remember the smile on her face when she came home and how happy she was, so we are grateful to them for treating her.
“But we want to ask the community to respect our space and allow us a chance to grieve.
“My mother was a breast cancer survivor and cancer could not get her down, but (the killer) comes and takes her life like that.”
The family will host a memorial service outside her home at 7pm today and her funeral will be held at the Manenberg New Apostolic Church at 11am on Saturday.