Prayers for pensioner

2018-03-06 06:00
Residents attended an open air prayer service in support of a pensioner arrested in connection with a murder case.

Residents attended an open air prayer service in support of a pensioner arrested in connection with a murder case.

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The Mitchell’s Plain Impact Association held an open air service in support of a pensioner who was recently arrested on a charge of murder.

The 62-year-old man, who has lived in Tafelsig for the past 30 years, has been described as a loving family man but was at the centre of a murder investigation following the death of his son in January (“Petition for man’s release”, People’s Post, 6 February).

Mitchell’s Plain police spokesperson Captain Ian Williams confirmed the case to People’s Post.

“On Wednesday [31 January] at 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. 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.

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

It is alleged that the 62-year-old man had been the victim of ongoing abuse from his 28-year-old son.

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

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

Bail had been denied but a local organisation had then petitioned for the man’s release, with the courts eventually releasing him on bail.

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

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

“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.

To show their ongoing support for the man, the MPIA arranged an open air prayer service outside their Pakhuis Street home last week.

Although not very well attended, Fredericks thanked the residents who came to show their support on Tuesday evening­.

“We weren’t that many people at the service but it was so blessed and the family ask for more of this,” says Fredericks in a statement.

“Our pensioner and his family were very thankful but those of us attending were even more grateful to be there and part of something so meaningful. And of course we will oblige very soon.”

Fredericks thanked the residents who attended to show their support for the family.

“A very special thank you to those of you who braved the cold night air and darkness to be there.

“Thank you to those who assisted us with electricity and lights. Thank you also to Apostle Kyle Appolis for bringing his team, giving the word and for the words of encouragement, so needed and so welcomed,” Fredericks continued.

Inattendance was also MPIAboard member Claude Davids who shared encouraging words.

Fredericks further thanked LeeAnn Hannival for providingthsound equipement­.

The case has been postponed to Wednesday 11 April and the investigation­ continues­.

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