Petition for man’s release

2018-02-06 06:00

A local community organisation is calling on residents to add their voices to a murder investigation registered with the Mitchell’s Plain police.

Mitchell’s Plain police spokesperson, Captain Ian Williams, says: “On Wednesday at about 15:10, Mitchell’s Plain police received a report of a man who had been admitted to Mitchell’s Plain Day Hospital with a stab wound.

“On arrival police found a deceased man with a stab wound to his chest. It was reported that the deceased, a 28-year-old, had been declared dead on arrival.”

Police confirm that the man’s father was arrested in connection with the ­incident.

Joanie Fredericks from the Mitchell’s Plain Impact Association says they have been led to believe that the 62-year-old father acted in self-defence.

It is alleged that the man had been the victim of ongoing abuse.

Williams says: “Allegedly the deceased was involved in an argument with his father, who stabbed him in the chest.”

The incident took place at their home in Pakhuis Street, Tafelsig.

The knife was recovered by police and the father faces a charge of murder.

Fredericks initiated a petition process on Wednesday, with the first active protest outside the court on Thursday.

According to Fredericks, the man has been living in Tafelsig for the past 30 years.

“A father killed his son this afternoon in self-defence, after years of abuse by this son.

“After years of being beaten, sworn at and humiliated, the most horrible thing happened – in a moment of utter, complete self-defence,” says Fredericks in a press release.

Fredericks has called the community to action and stands with the family.

“A pensioner who in his 30 years in the community never had a fight with the neighbours or a run-in with the police – this man is in a cell tonight while his son is in a morgue.

“This double tragedy is something I cannot begin to fathom. What do we say as a community to a mother mourning the death of her son by the hand of his father?” asks Fredericks.

“Let us stand by him and petition the courts to release him because he has suffered too much already.”

The case is still under investigation and the man has been released on bail.

Williams says the case has been postponed to Wednesday 11 April.

V Anyone with information on the incident is asked to contact the investigator, Detective Sergeant Bradley Schuurman of Mitchell’s Plain police’s Serious and Violent Crime Unit, on 082 777 8076.

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