A woman was attacked and killed in Sydney Road, Wynberg. Picture: Phando Jikelo/ANA Pictures
Cape Town - Liezel van der Linde, 44, a dog sitter, had been saving to send her foster daughter Jaylene, 9, to a gymnastics tournament in Johannesburg, but she was murdered at her Wynberg home.

Van der Linde was stabbed twice in the back.

Neighbours saw her stumbling down her stoep after closing the door behind her, “with blood all over her”.

Her next door neighbour said the four dogs, usually rowdy and barking inside the house were suspiciously quiet.

“We fear for our lives in our street because we’re thinking this is someone that knew her well. Otherwise, why didn’t the dogs bark? If you were to come closer to Liezel’s house, those dogs would confront you by barking,” said one neighbour, who didn’t want to be named for fear that the killer might come back.

“Not Liezel, it can’t be her. She is laying dead on her stoep. There is blood all over her,” the neighbour told the Weekend Argus, moments after the murder.

Sergeant Noloyiso Rwexana, provincial police spokesperson, confirmed that a murder case is under investigation by the Wynberg police.

“According to reports, the victim was found with what appears (to be) a stab wounds to her body.”

She said there had been no arrests at this stage. Anyone with information that can assist with the investigation is urged to contact Crime Stop on 08600 10111.

The weeping neighbour initially feared Jaylene was missing, but other neighbours told Weekend Argus that she had gone to a camp.

Van der Linde had been trying to come up with money to fund Jaylene’s tour to a Johannesburg Championships tournament, where she has been selected to represent Western Province in gymnastics.

“My neighbour came to my house to break the news. We are shocked at this moment because the dogs didn’t even bark. You go near that house those dogs start barking uncontrollably,” the neighbour said.

On arrival at the cordoned-off scene, Van der Linde’s brother was too distraught to speak to the media and stared at the house in disbelief.

Police combed the block for clues, with shocked residents asking in whispers why there was no blood trail in the street.

Mohammed Nazrul Islam, a shop owner, described Van der Linde as “the sweetest person in this street”.

“She had just come to the shop (on Wednesday evening) to buy bread and cheese, her favourite items. This is unbelievable,” he said.

Weekend Argus