The tragic murder of Rosalie Bloch (84) and her husband Aubrey Jackson (94) on Saturday, at their Rosebank home, has left their families struggling to come to terms with their deaths.
Details surrounding the crime and the motive are still unknown, but two cases of murder and a case of house robbery are under investigation. Police responded to a complaint at the address, only to find the couple tied up, already dead.
They were initially found by a relative who went to fetch them. Police are reviewing CCTV footage from a nearby guesthouse to find clues. It is alleged that two black men and a white woman have been identified as possible suspects from the footage.
Rosalie is a well known human rights activist in Cape Town. Her son, Lance Bloch told EWN they are devastated by the death of their parents.
“You know the way that she and Aubrey actually died, given how much she has contributed to the country in the past, for something like this to happen at their old age of 84 and for Aubrey at 94, it is pretty difficult. The fact that she brought up, if I may say so, amazing children who would always feel for the underdog, for the underprivileged and who fight for what’s right and what’s just.” he said to EWN.
Lance has urged government to increase their efforts in fighting crime in South Africa.
The Democratic Alliance yesterday extended their deepest condolences to Graeme Bloch and his family.
“We call on the South African Police Service to act swiftly to locate the perpetrators of this crime. Many of South Africa’s elder residents do not feel safe in our country and sadly suffer the same cruelties as Rosalie and Aubrey. Criminals who commit these hate driven crimes must face the full might of the law.
“We also call on communities to assist the SAPS in their efforts and urge anyone with information to come forward so that the criminals who are responsible for this can be caught,” the DA said in a statement.