March 29 2007 at 04:37PM
The body of a woman, with her hands and feet tied up, was found at a house in Bothaville, Free State police said on Thursday.
The 72-year-old Annekie Claasen, who was in her pyjamas, was found lying in one of the bedrooms in her house on Wednesday around 9pm, Sergeant Malebo Khosana said.
Police were alerted about the murder on Wednesday evening.
Her son, Kobus Van Zyl, who tried to contact his mother, but could not reach her, asked his friend, who also lives in Bothaville, to check on her.
His friend suspected that something was wrong in the house and informed police.
"When police arrived at the house, the house was ransacked and left in a chaotic state," said Khosana.
He said the woman's hands and feet were tied up and a piece of cloth was found over mouth.
"The motive for the murder could be robbery since her son pointed out that the money box is missing from the house."
No arrests have been made and police are investigating, said Khosana. - Sapa