Killing leaves

2018-10-02 06:00
Anthony Philander.

Anthony Philander.

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The community of Lotus River has been rocked by the death of Anthony Philander last week.

Philander’s family was left devastated after the 27-year-old was shot and killed in Lotus River late on Monday 24 September.

Grassy Park police spokesperson, Warrant Officer Wynita Kleinsmith, confirms that officers were called out to a shooting in progress in Strandfontein Road at 21:00.

“Upon arrival, officers at the scene were informed that a 27-year-old man from Lotus River was shot in the head. Nine cartridges were found on the scene. Motive and suspects are unknown at this stage,” she says.

Affectionately known as “Toon”, Philander was believed to be the sole breadwinner of his family, which consisted of his father, brother, father’s partner and her children.

Narimam Jasiem, who lives nearby, speaks fondly of Philander and says the community has rallied to support his family in the aftermath of Monday night’s shooting.

“Anthony was a respectful person. There is nothing that he would not do for anyone. He was just there for everyone. And by the response of the community – like all the support he is getting towards his funeral, all the emotional support to his dad – it just shows the imprint he made on people’s hearts. He was someone who loved kids very much and if he could give advice to the children he would. There was in no way, shape or form for him to die the way he did, because he was not a gangster,” she says.

Ward councillor Patricia van der Ross says that Philander, although he did not belong to any formal structures, would always be helpful, especially with the youth.

“He decided as a young man that he is not going that route (gangsterism) and he would gather the children and speak and play with them. He always encouraged people not to get involved in gangsterism.”

Jasiem says Philander did all he could to help those around him.

A march against drugs and gang violence in the area has had to be postponed by a week in order to arrange Philander’s funeral.

“The community is really backing this and standing behind even though it is painful for what happened to him, but this is just to show the kind of person that he was,” Jasiem says.

Kleinsmith says a docket of murder has been opened and the case is still under investigation.

“At this stage motive is unknown, and all possible leads are being followed up. The reward system proves to be fruitful. Crime and criminals can be reported and a reward could be received by the reporter,” she says.

V Anyone with information call the police on 021 700 3940 or Crime Stop on 0860 010 111.

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