Body found in pool

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A 33-YEAR-OLD woman al­legedly stran­gled her dis­abled mother be­fore throw­ing her body into a swim­ming pool in Glen Marais, Kemp­ton Park, on Sun­day.

The in­ci­dent, ac­cord­ing to fam­ily mem­bers, took place in front of the al­leged killer’s four-year-old boy. The body of Re­filwe Mon­amodi, 54, was found float­ing in a swim­ming pool be­hind her house.

Her daugh­ter has since been ar­rested and charged with mur­der. She was ar­rested at a shop­ping cen­tre shortly after the in­ci­dent.

Po­lice spokesman Cap­tain Jethro Mt­shali said the woman was ex­pected to ap­pear in the Kemp­ton Park Mag­is­trate’s court to­day.

Yes­ter­day, Mon­amodi’s younger sis­ter Agnes, 50, de­tailed how she found her sis­ter’s body float­ing in the pool after re­ceiv­ing a fran­tic call from a neigh­bour.

“Her daugh­ter dragged her from the front of the house to the back where she threw her into the pool. I found her ly­ing face up.”

Agnes said her sis­ter, who was an ad­vo­cate in the South Gaut­eng High Court in Jo­han­nes­burg, was par­tially dis­abled after a hor­rific car crash in 2002.

The crash left her paral­ysed on the left side of her body. Her pay­outs from the Road Ac­ci­dent Fund and her in­sur­ance ap­par­ently be­came a source of con­flict be­tween the mother and daugh­ter.

Agnes said the daugh­ter quit her job and started de­mand­ing money from her mother.

“At times I would find that my sis­ter was as­saulted and left bruised,” she said.

Agnes said she would take her sis­ter away from the house to defuse the sit­u­a­tion but she would still go back.

She said nu­mer­ous cases were opened against the daugh­ter but her mother would bail her out.

Po­lice, how­ever, could not con­firm this.

“They nor­mally fought over bank cards when the daugh­ter wanted to with­draw funds from her ac­count,” re­called Agnes. “She drove her mother’s two cars and had a sta­ble home but she still wanted [more] money.”

Agnes said the two had a big fall­out in De­cem­ber, but she was sur­prised when she heard that they had gone on a hol­i­day a week later.

“I rushed here in De­cem­ber and found that she had as­saulted my sis­ter, whose eyes were badly swollen from the as­sault and spent three days in hos­pi­tal. A week later, I heard that they were on hol­i­day in Ma­galies­burg.”

Mon­amodi’s el­der sis­ter Pa­tri­cia said the child who wit­nessed the grue­some killing of his granny needed counselling.

Pa­tri­cia said her sis­ter al­ways pro­tected her daugh­ter.

“She was in de­nial. She pro­tected her daugh­ter all the time and it was dif­fi­cult to in­ter­vene. Their re­la­tion­ship was okay un­til after the ac­ci­dent,” she added.


Agnes Mon­amodi stands at the scene where the body of her el­der sis­ter Re­filwe Rebecca Mon­amodi, in­set, was found after she was al­legedly stran­gled by her daugh­ter and dumped into a swim­ming pool be­hind her house.

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