Man stabbed to death in Eikendal home

Roshell Botman says her brother, Fred Botman, 58, who was found stabbed to death in his Eikendal home last week, knew his killer.

She says she responded to a call from a family friend at about 6am on Thursday July 4 to say her brother’s light was on.

Ms Botman lives in a separate section of the property in 8th Avenue that she and her brother inherited from their grandmother.

“I put on my gown and went to look why his light was on. It was not like him to be up so early in the morning, but when I got there, I just saw my brother lying in a pool of blood, his own blood.”

Her brother had been a well-known electrician and had taken on private jobs and let out a room in the main house, but his tenants had been asleep and had heard nothing, she said.

“They are also in shock about his death,” she said. “My brother would always make sure his gates and doors were locked, so he opened up for the one who came to kill him, and it was a familiar person. I have an idea of who it might be, but I don’t just want to accuse,” she said.

“My brother did not deserve this. I don’t know why anyone would want to kill him,” she said, sadly.

She said nothing was stolen from her brother’s home so robbery was an unlikely motive.

Ms Botman described her brother as a “good and quiet” man who would be missed by her as well as his son in Vredendal and two sisters.

She said she would miss seeing him walking to go buy his newspaper every day.

Kraaifontein police spokesman Captain Hein Hendricks said police were investigating the murder, but no arrests had been made yet.

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