AN Israeli-born woman who grew up in Melbourne before moving to South Africa has been found stabbed to death in her Johannesburg home.
Prominent psychologist Dr Mirah Wilks, 69, has been remembered as a “mensch” after her husband of 45 years, Frank, found her suffering multiple stab wounds when he returned home from prayers at synagogue on Sunday.
The couple had a daughter Tarryn and son Brett in Melbourne before moving to South Africa.
Dr Wilks was renowned for her work in hate crime and violence and is a former art teacher.
She graduated from the University of Queensland in Australia and the University of Pennsylvania in the US and worked at the University of Witwatersrand in Johannesburg.
South African authorities say two laptops and a mobile phone were stolen during the ambush and the killer is still at large.
In a statement, the Psychological Society of South Africa said, “It is probably one of the greatest honours to be called a mensch: A good soul; a person with integrity and honour; kind and considerate; someone who always treats others with the utmost respect and dignity; someone who is admired and emulated.
“Indeed, Mirah was well respected and much loved and these memories of her will stay with us.”