Murdered woman loved SA – brother
Knew Germany was safer
KRISTINA GEBHARDT’S brother, Thomas, has spoken out about his slain sister’s love of South Africa and their family’s pain after her murder in a Cape Town parking garage last week.
“She was so in love with this country and its people even though she knew it was probably safer in Germany,” he said.
Gebhardt was in Cape Town this week, hoping to fetch his sister’s body, and to see for himself what it was about the city that she had so loved but where she had also met her death.
Kristina, who had lived in Cape Town for five years, is alleged to have had a row with a security guard over parking in a Bloem Street basement parking last week.
The guard and two others are believed to have tied her up in a tiny room where one of them lived on the premises, and beaten her to death. Police are still waiting for a post-mortem report to find out if she was raped.
One of her alleged killers, Delphin Bayenda, 37, appeared in court this week and is still in custody.
Yesterday police released an identikit of Sankweno Guelor, 29, who they believe could help them with their investigations.
Thomas Gebhardt, who is two years older than his 27year-old sister, said his parents had been traumatised by the senseless killing and had been advised by doctors not to come to Cape Town.
“My parents really broke down. It’s the worst thing that can happen to parents to lose a child,” said Thomas.
He said his parents had loved Cape Town when they visited Kristina from Germany last year but were frightened about security.
“We obviously worried about her. We knew about the safety issues from media reports,” said Thomas.
He said that he had never visited the country before but it had been important for him to see what she had loved about it and where she had lived.
“I got the opportunity to see some of her favourite places like Glen Beach near Camps Bay and to meet her friends.”
He said people had been incredibly supportive.
Kristina lived in Observatory and had worked part-time at the Baobab book store near where she was murdered in Loop Street.
Her body was found in the boot of her car when her housemate spotted her green Fiat Uno being driven by a stranger. It was pulled over by members of the Central Improvement District.
Anyone with information on Guelor should call Captain Lionel Cornellissen at 082 469 8572 or 086 00 10111.
SEEKING ANSWERS: Police are looking for Sankweno Vuaka Guelor, 29, (above) in connection with the murder of Kristina Gebhardt (top).