"We had an impasse with the man when he moved here over a year ago," she said. "He got a protection order against us because we demanded that he produce a letter from the community he came from stating what kind of a resident he was.
"But the court told us to back off. That came to mind when it was revealed that he was a suspect in a heinous crime like this. We have young girls here."
Noveve said relations had slightly improved between her and her 42-year-old neighbour but she found him odd.
"We only greeted each other but he did not say much," she said.
"He never smiled. I don't even know if he has teeth or not. He kept his doors and windows closed all the times. He only used the back door. He was a devoted churchgoer, though."
Noveve said the man inherited the house when a relative died.
Her neighbour, Kholekile Qolo, said he was shocked to hear the post office clerk was linked to the University of Cape Town student's murder.
"I can't allow him to come back here. I have three girls and I shudder when I think about what that poor child went through," he said.
"I am imagining the pain that her parents must be going through. He belongs in jail."