Two men arrested for torturing flower lady

She was burnt with an iron

Two men who allegedly tortured and beat a 78-year-old woman to death at her home in Dullstroom have been arrested, Mpumalanga police said on Friday.  

Lt-Col Leonard Hlathi said the men, aged 33 and 34, were arrested on Thursday night after they were found in possession of a digital camera and money belonging to the woman.  

They would appear in the Belfast Magistrate’s Court on Monday.

Johanna Moore’s body was found by her gardener when he reported for duty on Thursday morning.  

“The gardener told the police that upon [his] arrival, he went inside the house to get cleaning equipment. He then noticed blood on the floor and saw his employer lying in a pool of blood,” Hlathi said. 

“The victim had visible injuries on her face and burn wounds on both arms.

“It is suspected that an electric iron was used to assault her as it was found next to the body.”  

A South African of Norwegian descent, Moore had lived in Dullstroom for 22 years and ran a flower nursery there.