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Pretoria - A gentle soul who wouldn’t hurt a fly, is how an elderly man who was found murdered in his Garsfontein home was described by shocked neighbours.
Two days after neighbours peeped though the window into the ransacked house of Deon Bezuidenhout, 82, and saw his body hidden under a mattress, disbelief still lingers.
It is believed he was stabbed several times with an unknown object in his neck. “I can’t imagine why anyone would want to hurt him. He was the sweetest, most genuine person I know, it’s unbelievable,” neighbour Guillaume du Toit said.
Bezuidenhout lived alone at his house in Great Dane Street after his wife died about 18 months ago. He was the caretaker of a townhouse complex directly opposite his house and had become a friendly face to many.
When neighbours noticed that the main gate to his house had been standing open for a few hours, they became suspicious. The fact that his bakkie was not in the driveway also raised suspicion. CPF and police were contacted while some neighbours went to investigate.
“When they looked through the window in the lounge they saw that the house had been ransacked. They then looked into the bedroom window and saw a lot of blood and then they saw his body under the mattress,” Du Toit said.
Police said that no sign of forced entry was evident and that some items had been taken from the house, as well as Bezuidenhout’s bakkie which was recovered later that evening in Mamelodi East.
Bezuidenhout’s traumatised daughter also arrived on the scene shortly afterwards.
On Thursday, another neighbour Willemina Ledubwa said she was still trying to come to terms with the tragedy.
“It's very hard to believe, because he was such a good person. Why did something like this have to happen to him. He was really nice and everyone liked him,” she said.