Mur­dered woman loved SA – brother

Knew Ger­many was safer

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - NEWS - HE­LEN BAM­FORD

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).

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