Mys­tery sur­rounds woman’s death

The Sunday Independent - - NEWS - NABEELAH SHAIKH

THE mys­te­ri­ous death of a woman whose body was found in a pool of blood in the drive­way of an eMd­loti home yes­ter­day has sent shock­waves through the com­mu­nity.

Ini­tially, friends and rel­a­tives feared Monique Ober­holzer, 35, who was at a party in her neigh­bour­hood, was a vic­tim of crime.

But they ruled out pos­si­bil­ity be­cause she had been in the com­pany of friends who be­lieved her death was an ac­ci­dent.

Ober­holzer was a man­ag­ing di­rec­tor at Hol­i­day Dreams, a com­pany spe­cial­is­ing in lux­ury self-cater­ing beach­front apart­ments in and around eMd­loti.

She was a pop­u­lar fig­ure in eMd­loti, es­pe­cially for her in­volve­ment with com­mu­nity ini­tia­tives.

Ober­holzer’s friend, Kirsten Horne, said no­body knew how she died.

“We were all at the same party and she was meant to stay over at my place. I left the doors open for her, but she never ar­rived and then we got news of her death.

“We were friends for seven years and were in­sep­a­ra­ble.

“Monique was loved by all who knew her. She was a larg­erthan-life char­ac­ter and a kind­hearted soul who would go out of her way to help peo­ple at any time,” said Horne.

She said Ober­holzer lived in eMd­loti for many years but had re­cently moved to Berea in Dur­ban to live with her mother.

“She was un­mar­ried but was in a won­der­ful re­la­tion­ship. She was at such a great place in her life and to think she’s gone is too much to deal with.

“We are all just shocked by what hap­pened.

“Ev­ery­body would tell you Monique was fun and loud. She was con­sid­ered the light and soul of the party. She was a force of na­ture, al­ways stand­ing up for in­jus­tice and she loved an­i­mals. She will be sorely missed by ev­ery­one who knew her.”

Horne said funeral de­tails were yet to be con­firmed.

Prem Bal­ram of Re­ac­tion Unit South Africa said his team was dis­patched fol­low­ing a call from a res­i­dent af­ter Ober­holzer’s body was found.

“Upon ar­rival, paramedics as­sessed the de­ceased and found she had suf­fered life-threat­en­ing in­juries. She was de­clared dead on the scene and had sus­tained fa­cial and head in­juries,” said Bal­ram.

Po­lice spokesper­son Lieu­tenant-Colonel Thu­lani Zwane con­firmed the in­ci­dent and said an in­quest docket was be­ing in­ves­ti­gated by the Dur­ban North SAPS.

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