CT family shocked by holiday home murder

Cape Town - The family of a murdered Cape Town investment manager is in deep shock after learning of his death at his West Coast holiday home during a robbery.

Alexander Otten, 53, was found with his hands and feet tied and a plastic bag over his head, reported the Cape Times.

Otten’s wife, Jo, and two children were said to be in a state of shock.

“[Though] very traumatic for the whole family, we are a big family and are pulling together,” said Otten’s brother, Theo.

He said his brother had gone to his holiday home to do maintenance and repair work.

The house was one of four luxury units on a farm and game lodge near Velddrif, all fitted with security alarms.

“Jo had tried to speak to him a few times, but his phone was off, which was very unusual.”

“What has happened is shocking and horrible. Theo was a very honourable and just man. He was an absolute gentleman and his friends loved him,” Otten said.

The farm owner’s daughter, Elaine Venter, said: “This is a big shock to the family and to all our visitors that come here to relax. This is the first time this has happened.

“Our visitors come here thinking that they have left the crime and hustle and bustle of the city behind, but now one person comes here and he gets murdered. This is totally unacceptable.”

“This is private land and here you do not expect anything like this to happen. We won’t have any peace in this little community now.”

Two suspects were arrested in St Helena Bay on Monday, and are due to appear in the Vredenburg Magistrate's Court on Wednesday.
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olivia.karnak 2012/10/24 09:23:19 AM
My condolences to the family. This is a very tragic story indeed. Private estate, security alarms fitted??? I smell a rat, maybe an "inside" rat?
pahath.moab 2012/10/24 09:33:42 AM
oh Honey! get real what peace!Wake up South Africa our country is in peaces.
Solomon Almeleh 2012/10/24 09:36:19 AM
This is not a rainbow nation, it is a nation of murderers, theives and rapists.
ndyeboreginaldmazawule 2012/10/24 09:40:42 AM
A family member should the number one suspect in this case.
JHLR73 2012/10/24 09:51:16 AM
It is not getting any better in SA, as a matter of fact, it is getting worse. Criminals and murderers are now targeting people in suburbs during broad daylight.They not scared for the chances they will be caught are slim. We are all sitting ducks and that is the reality we have to face.
Aswatas 2012/10/24 10:02:54 AM
sometimes i feel like just not reading news anymore...same news different days..NEWS24,PLS DONT REMOVE Y COMMENT AGAIN!!!!
Mikaela Pace 2012/10/24 07:11:44 PM
This is so sad. Also sending condolences. As for private alarms..I have to say the ONLY product I will ever use is VoiceAlert. www.wirelessalert.co.za is a south african security solutions specialist offering products that warn you BEFORE intruders enter your property. I am so passionate about this product because it saved me. Also, interestingly enough, everyone should have a look at the Victim Support Network - a non-profit South African initiative for South Africans to benefit from. www.facebook.com/victimsupportnetwork