Eastern Cape man arrested for questioning after his mother was found dead in burnt flat | TBEN


Police in the Eastern Cape are interrogating the son of a woman who was found dead on Tuesday in her burning flat in Fernkloof.

  • Eastern Cape police are interrogating the son of a woman who was found dead in her burning flat on Tuesday.
  • Her car was abandoned in a bush in Walmer, the same area where her son was found Wednesday.
  • Colonel Priscilla Naidu told TBEN that he is not yet a suspect.

Eastern Cape police on Wednesday questioned the son of a 65-year-old woman who was found dead in her burning flat in Fernkloof, Gqeberha.

Spokesman Colonel Priscilla Naidu said police were responding to the incident in Park Drive, where they found her partially burned body on Tuesday.

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Police initially opened a criminal investigation, but forensic evidence gathered at the scene and interviews with neighbors suggested the fire may not have been an accident, she said.

The case was converted to murder.

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“We don’t have the post-mortem report yet. If that comes back, it might confirm malicious intent,” Naidu said.

She added that interviews with neighbors revealed that the woman’s son, who was not there when police arrived, had lived in the flat with her.

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Naidu said the police found it unusual that the woman’s car was gone and the son was not in the flat.

Police later found the woman’s car, a white Ford Fiesta, that had been abandoned in Walmer.

“We found the car in Victoria Drive, a quiet area surrounded by bushes. The son was found in the CBD of Walmer,” said Naidu.

She said he was not yet a suspect in his mother’s death, as police were still investigating.

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The woman’s identity would not be released until police confirmed it.

The cause of the fire was not yet known.

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