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Johannesburg - Catija Biegos realised something was wrong when for two days the scraps of food she placed on the wall went untouched.
The scraps were for her 75-year-old neighbour Zuleikha Ghora, who, like clockwork, would take the food and feed it to the birds in her garden.
On Wednesday, Biegos was shocked when she learnt that
Ghora and her 70-year-old sister, Hawa Biki, had been found murdered in their home, bludgeoned to death. They were discovered at 11am by their nephew, Adil Ghora, who regularly came to the house to check on them.
Police are also investigating the possibility that they had been raped.
It is understood the siblings lived alone in their two-bedroom house in Extension 11, Lenasia, south of Joburg. Usually, Adil arrived every other day to visit the elderly sisters.
It is believed Zuleikha was found dead in her bedroom, while Biki was discovered lying in the dining room floor, surrounded by her own blood.
The motive of the killing, said police, is unknown at this stage.
People who saw the ghastly murder scene said there was no sign of forced entry.
Police spokesman Warrant Officer Kay Makhubela said the incident took place on Tuesday night. He said a case of murder was being investigated and added that both women were found without underwear.
“We cannot rule out at this moment that rape was involved. It is also unclear what type of a weapon was used to commit the crime,” said Makhubela.
On Wednesday, police cordoned off the corner house on Penner Avenue while neighbours stood and stared.
Residents had gathered outside the house after a local radio station broke the news of the double murder. Some neighbours said they had last seen the two sisters on Sunday morning.
Those who knew Biki said she was a hard-working and active lady.
“She normally swept the yard every morning between 8 and 9am. You would never miss her around those times,” said a resident.
On Wednesday, family members refused to speak to The Star as they stood crying and comforting each other. Standing in her yard overlooking the murder scene, Biegos said she was finding it difficult to come to terms with the gruesome discovery.
My son had checked on them twice, but there was no reply at the door when he called out,” she said.
Shahim Ismail, a member of Lethal Force, a local security company, said crimes against the elderly were escalating in Lenasia.
Two months ago, he said, an elderly couple were attacked by criminals carrying crowbars. They robbed them of their belongings before fleeing the scene.