Westridge mother bludgeoned to death

Kim-Joy Arnold, 35, was bludgeoned to death with a brick found in Angus Road, Westridge, on Saturday July 9.

Mitchell’s Plain police are investigating a case of murder after a Westridge mother’s body was found in Angus Road on Saturday July 9.

The body of Kim-Joy Arnold, 35, who had been bludgeoned to death with a brick, was found in the street after she was viciously attacked at an alleged drug house.

According to the Facebook page of Women For Change, a non-profit organisation advocating against gender-based violence and femicide in South Africa, Ms Arnold had severe head injuries and was declared dead on the scene by medical personnel.

“It appears that she fought her way out but collapsed and died in the street,” read a post on the page.

Mitchell’s Plain police station spokeswoman Sergeant Zandi Langa said they attended the scene at 5.15am.

“It is alleged that earlier the neighbours heard an argument inside a house between the victim and another person. Then later the neighbours came out and saw the body of the victim lying in the street,” she said.

Murder scene in Angus Road Westridge.

No arrests have been made.

Sergeant Langa said: “The community needs to join safety structures; community members must open social media groups (WhatsApp) to keep each other updated with suspicious activities happening in their area. The community members must report any criminal activities.”

Anyone with information can call investigation officer Detective Sergeant Errol Bedford of Mitchell’s Plain SAPS on 021 370 1658.

Ms Arnold’s was the fifth body to be removed from a Westridge block in the past five weeks.

Her body was removed at 8.20am. Ms Arnold is survived by her two children, aged 14 and 5, and her mother Judith.

Ward councillor Ashley Potts said he was trying to force the hand of local government to declare the address a problem building so it can be demolished.

“It is causing a lot of problems,” he said.

He said the block bordered by Friesland Street, Jersey Street, Angus Road and De Duin Avenue had caused “quite a lot of concern”.

Problem building 44 Angus Road Westridge.