Char­ity worker found dead


THE po­lice are ap­peal­ing for pub­lic as­sis­tance to solve a mur­der mys­tery fol­low­ing the grim dis­cov­ery of the body of 60-year-old John Cur­ran in his room in his Buiten­gracht Street flat.

Po­lice spokesper­son, Noloy­iso Rwex­ana, said they re­sponded to a com­plaint and found Cur­ran in a pool of blood.

Rwex­ana said the vic­tim had open wounds in his head and face.

“The in­ci­dent is un­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion with no ar­rests so far.

“Po­lice de­tec­tives are fol­low­ing up on pos­si­ble leads,” she said.

Cur­ran was an Ir­ish char­ity worker, who spent two years as the direc­tor of Ed­u­ca­tion for Mel­lon Ed­u­cate, in Cape Town, a non-profit or­gan­i­sa­tion that works with the gov­ern­ment in build­ing houses for home­less peo­ple and helps bring ed­u­ca­tion to poor chil­dren.

Mel­lon Ed­u­cate’s strate­gic man­ager, Ber­nadette Smyth, said Cur­ran re­cently com­pleted a two year con­tract as head of the Mel­lon Ed­u­cate team in South Africa and was on va­ca­tion in Cape Town un­til the end of the year.

Smyth said Cur­ran’s fam­ily in Ire­land have been in­formed and Mel­lon Ed­u­cate to­gether with the Em­bassy of Ire­land are as­sist­ing his fam­ily at this “very dif­fi­cult time”.

She said Cur­ran re­tired from Mel­lon Ed­u­cate in Septem­ber and moved into the flat where he was mur­dered.

He was to re­turn home to Dublin by the end of the year.

Cur­ran’s neigh­bour Joy van der Heyde said, she is now scared to live in the flat.

“I am con­cerned about my safety. If one per­son is mur­dered, that puts our lives at risk too,” she said.

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