Church community pays respect

2019-12-10 06:00

The Diocesan Standing Committee of the Anglican Diocese of Cape Town expressed its sadness at the news of Pat Ellis’s death in a Facebook message posted on Sunday 8 December.

The body of the 76-year-old woman was found in her home at Station Road in Rondebosch on Thursday 5 December.

Ellis was a long-time and actively involved member of the cathedral community.

“As much as we recognise the tragic and awful nature of her passing, we wish to affirm and celebrate Pat’s life as that of one that was intentional and well-lived; always to the honour and glory of God,” the Facebook message read.

The police has confirmed that a case of murder, house robbery and theft of a motor vehicle has been opened for investigation after an incident occurred at the residence at about 03:35.

An alarm activation drew a security company to the premises, but staff could not gain access to the enclosed property. The main key holder was contacted and asked to come out to the house. Soon after the key holder’s arrival, the police was called to the scene.

“The members attended the scene and upon their arrival they found the body of a 76-year-old female in her bedroom,” says Siyabulela Malo of the police’s Western Cape media centre.

It is alleged the house was ransacked and electronic appliances and a vehicle were stolen. The vehicle has subsequently been recovered. It was found abandoned at Imizamo Yethu in Hout Bay.

“The circumstances surrounding this incident are being investigated and arrests are yet to be made. Our detectives are working around the clock in an effort to find perpetrators,” says Malo.

V Anyone with any information about this incident can contact Crime Stop on 08600 10111.


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