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A man, 24, was arrested on Thursday in connection with the murder of a Jonkersberg library worker near Great Brak River.

The body of Clodine Nuys, 22, was found behind the nursery school in Jonkersberg shortly before 19:00 on Tuesday evening after police and community members began searching for her when she did not arrive at the house. She went to work in the morning at about 7 am.

Her hands and feet were tied with tape and there was a cable rope around her neck. Her cellphone and the library’s keys were gone.

Police investigation Wednesday led to a home in Jonkersberg where the man lives. When he saw the police, he fled into the bushes. An extensive search followed.

Capt. Police spokesman Malcolm Pojie said the man was found in dense bushes Thursday morning, where he has been hiding since Wednesday. He said the man was found thanks to the police in Great Brak River and the community’s help.

“He will be detained at the police station in Great Brak River until he appears in the Mossel Bay Magistrate’s Court on Monday on a charge of murder.”

According to him, an autopsy will be done. The motive for the murder is being investigated.

Nuys matriculated at the Great Brak River Secondary School in 2016. She worked at the library for about three years.

The Western Cape Department of Cultural Affairs and Sport, Nuys’s employer, says in a statement the murder robbed the community of someone who helped create a safe place for children to read and learn.

Brent Walters, head of the Department of Cultural Affairs and Sport, expressed his sympathy for Nuys’ family. “Our department is shocked and saddened to lose someone who has worked hard to make sure one of our smaller communities has access to library services. We are grateful for the service she provided to our department, ”he says.

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