The CEO of Sotheby’s International Realty South Africa, Jason Rohde, is expected to appear in the Stellenbosch Magistrate’s Court on Thursday.
The real estate executive was arrested at his Bryanston home in Johannesburg early on Tuesday morning in connection with the murder of his 47-year-old wife Susan Rohde.
The two had been staying at the Spier Wine Estate for a company function recently. The mother of three was found hanging from the back of the bathroom door on July 24 with the cord of a hair straightening iron around her neck.
Initially, police believed it was suicide, but it became a murder investigation after a post-mortem report concluded she had been murdered.
Police spokesperson FC van Wyk confirmed Rohde would make his first court appearance on Thursday and was being kept at holding cells at the Stellenbosch police station.
Rohde’s lawyer Daniel Witz said they would most likely launch a bail application on Thursday.
Rohde was reportedly driven down to Cape Town from Johannesburg by police officials.
The couple’s three daughters, an 18-year-old and 16-year-old twins are being cared for by both their paternal and maternal grandparents, according to Witz.
Witz said he had seen his client on Wednesday afternoon. “He’s staying strong, he is hanging in there. His main concern is for his daughters. They are in Johannesburg supporting their father, and trying to carry on with day-to-day life as best as they can.”