An elderly woman and much-loved resident of Boksburg was attacked and murdered in her home, Beeld reported on Monday.
The body of Annette Muller-Botha (74) was found by a tenant who lived in a cottage on Muller-Botha's property.
According to her daughter, Linda Naude, her mother had suffered horrific injuries.
"They hurt her terribly... her face was smashed to pieces. They stuffed a whole pair of pyjama pants into her mouth, her mouth and lips were torn... she had been tied up with an electrical cord and strangled with her stockings."
A crowbar, long knife and a wrench were found next to Muller-Botha's body, which was discovered in her bedroom.
Naude said the murderers broke down four doors to get to her mother, but left the premises with only a cellphone, a few items of jewellery and her car keys.
Muller-Botha was a nurse and a single parent who raised four daughters on her own.