Sad farewell to Scarborough surfer

A group of people gathered in the shape of a heart on Witsands on Sunday. Picture: Kathy Cronje

The far south celebrated the life of slain Scarborough surfer David Wolfromm during weekend gatherings at Witsands and Scarborough beach.

His murder sent shockwaves through the local communities on Wednesday May 8, when his body was found in his burnt-out Nissan Xtrail on Slangkop Road, near Ocean View, after what is believed to have been a botched hijacking (“Farewell paddle-out for surfer,” Echo, May 16).

Shortly after his murder, a 30-year-old man, Wilson “Stoffel” Wilschut, was arrested for his murder and made his first court appearance in the Simon’s Town Magistrate’s Court last week.

The case was postponed to Tuesday May 21 for a bail application.

This outraged the community and the Kommetjie Neighbourhood Watch (Kommwatch) started an online petition to prevent Mr Wilschut from getting bail.

It was handed over to police with just over 25 000 signatures.

At the time of going to print, the petition had been viewed more than 95 000 times and had more than 28 000 signatures.

Mr Wilschut faces charges of murder, hijacking, malicious damage to property and illegal possession of a firearm and ammunition.

He abandoned his bail application on Tuesday, and the case has been postponed till June.

On Saturday, residents from far and wide gathered at a mass community event on Scarborough beach to celebrate the life of the 38-year-old father of three.

On Sunday another group – with residents from Scarborough, Ocean View, Masiphumelele and Kommetjie – gathered at Witsands in the shape of a heart to symbolise communities working together to create peace.

Meanwhile, as the Echo went to print this week, a source close to the investigation said police were closing in on a second suspect and an arrest was expected soon.