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.