Woman found with throat slit in Bothasig flat

The body of a 55-year-old woman with her throat slit was found at Bothasig Gardens on Friday.

A 27-year-old man has been arrested after a Bothasig woman was found slain in her home on Friday.

“The victim was found with her throat slit. The circumstances surrounding the incident are under investigation,” said provincial police spokesman Sergeant Wesley Twigg.

Police identified the victim as Margo Slabbert, 55, a resident of Bothasig Gardens, a complex owned by the non-profit company, Communicare.

The man had appeared in the Cape Town Magistrates’ Court, on Monday, and had been remanded in custody, according to Bothasig police spokeswoman Captain Anel Botes.

Ward councillor Miquette Temlett said: “I am working very closely with the community safety groups as well as SAPS to ensure the safety of the community. Unfortunately, SAPS are severely under-resourced and understaffed, and the area that needs to be serviced is extremely large.

“Also, I’ve tried numerous times since I’ve been elected to try to get the management of the complex where it happened around a table to discuss the issues and problems that residents inside the complex as well as the greater suburb experience, but I have not had any response yet.”

Ms Temlett said she was referring to complaints about noise from the complex and security there among other things.

Communicare chief operating officer, Makhosi Kubheka, said: “As a community, we stand united in offering our support to both our tenants and the Slabbert family during this difficult time. SAPS has taken a suspect into custody and is conducting an investigation to understand the circumstances surrounding this incident. At this stage, it remains unclear how the individual gained access to the premises.

“The incident occurred on July 27 when she was assaulted by someone who was known to the victim.”

A memorial service for Ms Slabbert will be held at the Bothasig Gardens Hall on Thursday August 3 at 10am.