NPO director murdered in his Cape Town home, mourned

Irishman John Curran, who devoted his time to building homes for those in need was murdered in his Cape Town home 48 hours ago.

Curran was one of the directors of Mellon Educate since October 2016, an NPO that has built thousands of homes including schools for underprivileged communities.

MEC for Economic Opportunities in the Western Cape, Alan Winde, says the death of Curran is one of the many tragic incidents that happen in this region.

He says the state of crime in the Western Cape is getting out of hand and needs to be tackled differently.

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I met with WC police commissioner Lt Gen Khombinkosi Jula yesterday and I said to him we need to do something, we've got to tackle this differently and I said to him we have to talk about a plan of making the safest province on the continent.

Alan Winde, MEC for Economic Opportunities in the Western Cape

Let's start moving towards the positive and start decreasing these numbers. This is another tragedy that happened and it is completely unacceptable.

Alan Winde, MEC for Economic Opportunities in the Western Cape

Education MEC in the Western Cape, Debbie Schafer, says the death of Curran is really a loss to the education system because of the work he did.

She says the NPO did not only build schools but was involved in improving the lives of many through education programs.

He is an educationist from Ireland and the sad thing is that he was on a contract which had just ended and he was about to go home at the end of the year. This is really sad senseless killing.

Debbie Schäfer, Western Cape Education MEC

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