Shock over nightclub owner's murder
Leighton Koopman, Die Burger
Cape Town - The Mother City's gay community was shocked to learn on Tuesday of the murder of a well-known Green Point nightclub owner.
The body of Bronx owner Bruno Bronn, 50, was found early on Tuesday morning in his house in Ocean View Drive.
According to sources, Bronn, had been repeatedly assaulted and was presumed to have been strangled. His body had been mutilated almost beyond recognition.
Forensic investigators took a hammer, presumably the murder weapon, along with a few other items, as evidence.
Bronn owned gay-friendly nightclubs Bronx and Navigaytion, which he started in 2008. Both were in the same building and closed down about three weeks ago as the building is to be revamped.
Bronn’s body was found shortly before 09:00 by his domestic worker. She cleaned the house once a week.
The side door to his garage was apparently slightly open when she arrived. The security gate was unlocked.
Some of his neighbours, who preferred to remain anonymous, said he had arrived home with two men on Monday night. Shortly afterwards, an argument was heard. According to the neighbours, it was rather loud and disturbing. After a while, it was quiet again.
It was not clear at what time the two men left. Police could not confirm that the men had been there at all.
Bronn’s BMW, cellphone and laptop were missing.
Michael Xaso, a manager at one of Bronn’s nightclubs, was informed by SMS about Bronn’s death on Tuesday morning. Xaso had worked for Bronn for 15 years.
“At first I thought it was a joke. But when I got to his house, reality hit home. I wish I could find the people who had done this so that they could give me answers,” said a saddened Xaso.
Bronn had lived alone in the house, he said.
Phillip King, a neighbour and former owner of Bronx, said Bronn was very well-known in the gay community.
“He did a lot for gay rights and many people liked him. Each year he made a contribution to the Gay Pride festival.”
King was informed of Bronn’s death early on Tuesday morning.
Bronn and his life partner, Jono Isaacs, moved into the house in Green Point about 12 years ago. Isaacs died a number of years ago.
King said Bronn had not been seen much over the past few months.
Apart from nightclubs in Green Point, Bronn also had a weekend home at Paternoster and owned another building in Green Point which he rented out.
Provincial police spokesperson Warrant Officer November Filander said a charge of murder was being investigated.
Bronn’s family was expected to arrive in Cape Town from Bloemfontein on Wednesday.