Sunday Times

Doc­tor stabbed to death in Green­side home

- JAN BORNMAN Crime · Incidents · Austria · Greenside

A DOC­TOR was mur­dered in her Green­side, Jo­han­nes­burg, home two months after her do­mes­tic worker was at­tacked on the premises.

Dr Jen­nifer But­ters, 54, was stabbed to death on Thurs­day be­tween 10am and 11am in her house in Done­gal Av­enue.

Her brother, An­drew But­ters, 52, said he was con­vinced the killing was not the re­sult of a ran­dom bur­glary.

He be­lieved it was linked to the pre­vi­ous at­tack on his sis­ter’s do­mes­tic worker, Mi­nah Mahlangu, 59, who had been in the doc­tor’s em­ploy since 1991.

Mahlangu was dev­as­tated upon re­turn­ing to work on Fri­day.

But­ters was a ra­di­ol­o­gist at Net­care’s Links­field hos­pi­tal. She was sin­gle and had no chil­dren.

Sergeant Lloyd Ramovha of the Parkview po­lice said the mur­der scene re­vealed signs of a strug­gle. “There is blood all over the house.”

He said the only item stolen was a cell­phone.

An­drew said his sis­ter had been a very pri­vate per­son and had planned to open her own mam­mog­ra­phy prac­tice.

“The house was on the mar­ket and she had al­ready leased the equip­ment and was plan­ning to move to a small town­house,” he said.

Mahlangu said her em­ployer was “like a mother” and “very kind”.

“Some­times we’d shout at each other, then it’s fin­ished and we’d just laugh about it,” she said.

Res­i­dents have sched­uled a meet­ing for to­day to dis­cuss se­cu­rity con­cerns in the area.

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