Decomposing bodies found in Cape flat

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Copy of ca p6 Double murder done CAPE ARGUS Two corpses, believed to be a mother and son, are removed from a flat in Bonteheuwel. Picture: Cindy Waxa


Cape Town - The decomposed bodies of a 17-year-old boy and a 50-year-old woman were found in Bonteheuwel on Tuesday.

According to residents, the flat where the two bodies were found belonged to a woman they knew only as “Jenny” and her teenage son, “Tevan”, although police spokesman Elvis Mahote could not confirm the identies of the deceased.

A neighbour, who was reluctant to be named, told the Cape Argus that on Saturday at around 2am she heard loud bangs coming from Jenny’s home.

“It sounded like people moving cupboards. I woke up and then peeped through my window and saw Tevan come out. About 15 minutes later he went in again and the loud noise continued until it eventually went quiet,” she said.

Jenny’s family declined to comment, saying they had not yet identified the bodies.

“We don’t know whose bodies those are, so we can’t say anything,” said a family member.

Mahote said a post mortem examination would be conducted to determine the cause of death and a murder case docket had been opened for investigation.


Residents said that although Jenny had been living in Boekenhout Street for a long time “she was a very kind lady who kept to herself”.

They called the police after noticing a stench coming from Jenny’s home.

“It smelt like a dead rat or something. Someone went to look and discovered the bodies,” the neighbour said.

No arrests had been made and police said the circumstances surrounding the incident were still unclear.

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