The affordable education loan option
Cape Town - A confession about the whereabouts of a Clovelly mother of three who went missing seven months ago, has brought closure to family and friends after her body was found in a shallow grave at Strandfontein Pavilion.
And those close to Rosemary Theron, 39, who had been missing since March 7, were to come face to face with three people arrested for her death in court on Monday.
Theron, from Clovelly, near Fish Hoek, was last seen getting into a Mercedes-Benz with an unknown driver after she left her home about 9pm that night. She contacted friends the next day – the last contact she made before her cellphone went off.
Friends said it was several days before she was reported missing.
She was last seen wearing a pair of blue jeans, a waistcoat, a black top and brown boots.
A large search was launched to trace Theron – described as being tall and slim with brown eyes and brown hair. Missing Children SA came on board and the police posted and handed out pamphlets with her details.
Last week, a man walked into the Fish Hoek police station, and led officers to her body.
Provincial police spokesman Captain André Traut confirmed that last Thursday a man had approached the police and made a confession regarding her disappearance.
“This confession led to the discovery of her decomposed body at Strandfontein Pavilion, as well as the arrest of three suspects aged between 18 and 20,” Traut said.
The circumstances surrounding her death were being investigated and the details of what had happened would be revealed in court. One of the suspects is a woman. They are due to appear in the Simon’s Town Magistrate’s Court on Monday.
Theron was well known in Cape Town art circles and worked as a professional clown, stilt-walker and model-maker. She made a life-size horse for the Cape Town Carnival in 2011.
She has three children, aged between nine and 18.
Her photo gallery on Facebook is a mosaic of bright colours, costumes, festivals and parties. There are colourful pictures of friends and relatives, and in many photographs she is made up like a clown.
Richard Kraak, who knew Theron since she was 19, broke the news to followers on Facebook at the weekend. “It is with heartfelt grief and also absolute relief that I tell you that our dear friend Rosemary’s body has been found by South African Police Services.”
On Sunday, Kraak told the Cape Argus he had first encountered Theron as “a beautiful young lady running around with her dogs in the streets of Yeoville in Joburg”.
He described her as an “amazing woman”, adding that friends and relatives were distraught about the incident.
“Rosemary was about expressing love – she belonged to everybody… if you see the tributes on Facebook she didn’t know this, but she was almost like a celebrity amongst her own people.”
In a message on Facebook, Kraak extended condolences to her family: her mother Denise, sister Angelique, brother Steve and her children Charial, Taki and Phoenix, and all her friends.
“Thanks to all those that have kept the light burning and for the unity that blossomed in the face of endless darkness and the warm ripples of support that all Rosemary’s friends and members of the public and SAPS and countless other organisations and specialists have contributed to solving this long, protracted mystery,” Kraak said.
Other friends and relatives also turned to social media to express their sadness. On Facebook, messages poured in for her.
Kraak described her as a “beautiful rainbow warrior”, adding that she had “touched thousands of people with your Madiba-like magic”.
“It won’t be easy never seeing you again but it won’t be hard feeling you because you are always easy to imagine.”
In another message of sympathy, Megan Ward, a friend, said: “May we also find peace now that we know Rosie is happy and ultimately free.”
Another friend, Davina Hall, said: “Cheers hunny! Walk tall on the other side.”