Cape Town - A Ruyterwacht family is shocked after their beloved grandfather was gunned down in his home on Wednesday afternoon.
The family of Vivian Botes, 63, say the quiet man was attacked when he arrived home from work and they are still traumatised after finding his body in a pool of blood in the doorway.
Granddaughter Laurishka Cowley, 20, says she was watching TV when she heard her grandfather unlocking the gate.
She says: “He worked from 3am to 3pm every day. I was watching TV and I heard his car pull up just after 3pm and then he unlocked the gate. I just heard him shout and then three gunshots.”
Cowley says she jumped up to see what was happening and as she looked into a mirror in the doorway, she saw the reflection of the killer.
“We tried to turn him on his side, but he was already gone. We don’t know how many of the bullets hit him, but he had one shot in the head and the police told us the bullet went through the front and out at the back,” says Cowley.
“He was just lying there in blood and I had no idea what had happened before the shooting because they did not rob him.”
Cowley says her grandfather carried cash for work purposes, but they found a bank packet with about R5 000 in his pocket.
The family says they were later informed by a neighbour that there were four suspects who fled the scene in a silver Toyota Avanza.
Police spokesperson, Captain FC van Wyk, confirms the incident and says at 3.10pm police were called to the grandfather’s home in Princess Margaret Street.
“On arrival officers found the 63-year-old male lying in the passage of his house. The victim had several gunshot wounds to his body,” he says.
No arrests have been made yet.
Cowley says the quiet grandfather spent most of his time indoors and worked each day from 3am to 3pm at a fruit and vegetable supplier.
“We are in shock and don’t know why someone would do this. It was a horrific scene and my family went to go identify the body at Tygerberg Mortuary. We are not sure when the funeral will be, but we are hoping the body will be released soon,” she says.
Anyone with information is asked to call Elsies River police on 021 928 1451 or Crime Stop on 08600 10111.