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■ A photograph of Julie Frost when she was younger. She was found dead in a flat in Green Point.

■ Mourning the loss of Julie Frost of Green Point, are, from back, left, brother-in-law Durell Ahir, father Premchand Durgapersadh with mother Reena Durgapersad, sister Vanita Ahir and son Emilio Frost.

Mum found dead in flat SELLECCA LANG he 20-hour drive from KwaZulu Natal to Cape Town was agonising, yet hopeful, as the Durgapersad family had only one thought lingering in their minds – “Please, let it not be our daughter”. But Reena Durgapersad and her husband Premchand Durgapersadh’s visit to the mortuary confirmed their greatest fear. Their daughter, Julie Frost, 34, was found dead in a flat in Fawlty Towers in Portswood Road, Green Point on Monday May 25 after 11pm. The family said it appears that their daughter was strangled with a pink scarf. According to a statement, submitted to Sea Point police, a neighbour apparently heard Ms Frost scream, said Inspector Bheki Xulu. Minutes later, her 38-year-old Scottish boyfriend (whose name is known to the Atlantic Sun) came running in search of assistance because he said Ms Frost was not breathing, after he found her hanging in the bathroom. The neighbour called the police



from friends that Ms Frost was dead and gave her Sea Point police station’s contact details. The family left KZN for Cape Town on Wednesday (May 27) evening to identify Ms Frost’s body. “As a mother, you don’t expect it. No mother ever wants to know that her child is dead. It breaks my heart to pieces. It’s not easy,” said Ms Durgapersad, with tears welling in her eyes. Bursting into tears, Ms Ahir said: “I will miss everything about my sister. She always cared for me.” Ms Frost’s son Emilio, 15, said: “I didn’t know what to feel. I was very confused.” A stern Mr Durgapersadh said he will miss his lively, outgoing daughter. “Justice must prevail,” said Mr Durgapersadh. Inspector Xulu said after investigation by Captain Raymond Talmakkies and Superintendent Tonny Roux, Ms Frost’s current boyfriend was arrested for murder. He appeared at the Cape Town Magistrate’s Court on Monday June 1 when bail was opposed. He is expected to appear this morning, Thursday June 4.

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■ Mayor Dan Plato,Table Mountain area manager Paddy Gordon and comedian Marc Lottering cast their votes.

Help make Table Mountain one of the New 7 Wonders of Nature LAUREN MENDOZA A group of Capetonians gathered atop Table Mountain on Tuesday morning to continue their efforts to help the icon of Cape Town be recognised as one of the New 7 Wonders of Nature. “All of us need to rally together,” said Mayor Dan Plato. “We need to spread the news across the world that Table Mountain is definitely one of these wonders in the world.” The nearly 50 people in attendance voted at various computers set up in the mountaintop café and were entertained by comedian Marc Lottering. “I know that anything is possible,” explained Mr Lottering. “And I know that Table Mountain can be one of the wonders of the world. We just need to vote.” Abigail Mpotina, from Khayelitsha, said this selection would give outsiders a different perspective of the country. “Let’s face it, South Africa is a developing country so for Table

Mountain to be considered, it would really put South Africa at a higher level.” Sabine Lehmann, CEO of Table Mountain Aerial Cableway Company, explained that the current process for voting is done exclusively on the internet at For those without access to the internet, Ms Lehmann recommends voting at a friend’s house although voters must have a valid email address to take part. She recommends that everyone take time to vote for Table Mountain before the Tuesday July 7 deadline. Whether Table Mountain receives worldwide recognition or not, Ms Lehmann believes the icon will remain the crowning jewel of the city. “I think Table Mountain is an anchor for Cape Town,” she said, “it has so many different meanings to different people, and Cape Town wouldn’t be the city it is without it.”


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and ambulance who came to the scene. Ms Durgapersad said other neighbours said they had heard Ms Frost and her boyfriend arguing. She screamed and later gasped for breath. Inspector Xulu said when police arrived, Ms Frost’s body was on the bed. Ms Frost was living with her boyfriend of 15 months for about 10 months at the Fawlty Towers, where he worked as a receptionist, said Nicholas Zoghby, the owner of the holiday self-catering apartments. “We gave him a flat because he worked here,” said Mr Zoghby, who lives on the premises. Mr Zoghby said he gave the boyfriend a written notice two weeks prior to the incident to vacate the property because his work was “not satisfactory”. Ms Frost’s family, who last saw her 10 years ago but communicated telephonically, did not know that she was dating. Vanita Ahir heard her sister was dead when she called Ms Frost’s former boyfriend to find her sister. He told Ms Ahir that he heard

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