It is alleged the woman had come from a tavern a few houses from her rented home in KwaThema, in Ekurhuleni, African Reporter reports.
The body was found by one of the residents, who was on his way home from a night vigil, and immediately called other neighbours to the scene.
Springs police spokesperson Captain Johannes Ramphora said she was found half-naked.
“Her underwear, a R10 note, black hat and house keys were found near the body. Her face was covered with bloody injuries,” he said.
Ramphora said none of the neighbours heard any noises of people fighting outside until they were called by the first witness.
The deceased’s daughter, Renya Eiman, 30, said she last saw her mother in the afternoon when she was visiting her in Wright Park.
“Annah was certified dead at the scene,” he said.
Ramphora said they opened a case of murder, and no one had been arrested.
“We are calling on the residents to help with the investigations and contact us on 011-365-5819/20,” he said.
Community member Martha Chauke said that had left the community in shock and scared for their lives.
“If these people are now targeting people from our neighbourhood, we are not safe. We leave for work in the early hours of the morning when it is still dark and come back very late in the evening. We now have to look over our shoulders because we are scared we might fall victim,” she said.
– Caxton News Service