Mystery surrounds woman’s death
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.