Shock over nightclub owner's murder

2012-02-08 10:11

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.

Loud argument

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.

Well-known, popular

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.

  • Remona - 2012-02-08 10:30

    So sad... RIP

  • Bernd - 2012-02-08 10:38

    Lets not kid our selves. It could have been you , it could have been me.This is our South African Culture of settling differences and disagreements.

      Michelle - 2012-02-08 11:43

      eye-see-all, you obviously know you are making an inflamatory statement and I don't know if it is for sensationalism or you really that bigotted. I hope no-one gives you a thumbs down! Hope none of the upstanding citizens that make up your family ever get murdered! Sjoe that would be a skande now wouldn't it 'cos as you say they would have low morals

      Marek - 2012-02-08 11:45

      @eye_see_all Please leave your hurtful and ignorant comments to yourself. You just let everyone on here know that you have below average intelligence Barry Badenhorst. Its ironic that you claim intelligence on your FB page claiming you can tell the difference between quote: "One Asian and Negroid" and that one of the people who inspire you is Robert Mugabe. You also claim to be a proud racist?! This society has no place for you.

      Merven - 2012-02-08 12:06

      @eye_see_all, the sad thing is, it is normally people like you that will go out and kill these 'pervert' people and will rape them to 'cure' them.

      Althea - 2012-02-08 12:33

      @Mervan, the same thing crossed my mind....maybe ....he is.... Yeah!

      John - 2012-02-08 13:10

      A quote from 'eye see all' in another article dealing with the rape of a 7yr old: "The answer to that will explain why sick f**kers like this still breath the air we need more than them. Captain Pinky Tsinyane should not have arrested him, but should rather have informed the community of his whereabouts. They would have saved us a lot of tax-payer's money! Kangaroo-court this Monster!!! I'll throw the first stone!" Sounds like a man of high morals and values doesn't it.

      Marek - 2012-02-08 14:18

      @eye_see_all Your comments are screaming 'closet case'. I'll send a toaster in the mail. Welcome to the club.

      J-Man - 2012-02-08 14:27

      @ eye_see_all: What a sad little person you are...trying to sound all clever and morally sound...and failing miserably.

      Marek - 2012-02-08 14:47

      @eye_see_all And which set of morals do you prescibe to? The Bible? The Bible I have to say has some terrible flaws. Not once does the Bible renounce slavery, it actually condones it, Leviticus 25:44-46 for example. Slavery is such an obvious act of immorality and the Bible seems to miss that. So how can the Bible even try to decipher the morality of something as complex as sexuality?

  • Stan - 2012-02-08 10:39

    was he gay?

      pramika - 2012-02-08 10:43

      His partner "Jono" died a number of years ago. Jono = Jonathan presumably.

      Bongani - 2012-02-08 10:47

      Does it matter if he was gay or not, the guy just died and hurt, but all you care about is his sexual orientation or you want to claim he was your boyfriend and he said you should take over one of his clubs if anything happened to him.

      Dennis - 2012-02-08 10:47

      "Bronn and his life partner, Jono Isaacs"

      Stan - 2012-02-08 10:57

      I don't know why I am getting thumbs down. I just wanted to know... Maybe it's a hate crime...

  • John - 2012-02-08 10:42

    "His body had been mutilated almost beyond recognition" Killer is closely related to the victim. Doesn't look like a fight for businees, but personal reasons and HATE....

      rbphiri - 2012-02-08 11:15

      For someone to mutilate his body to that extent, it shows how much hatred laid dormant within that person in question...he was just a time bomb of hatred, just waiting to detonate and that fight ignited his fuse.

      Aking - 2012-02-08 18:37

      I agree with Rphiri. It was someone known to the victim and most likely someone intimate or very angry with him. It is not a random murder. Still sad and horrific I may add.

  • Claudie - 2012-02-08 11:03

    There seems to be a target on nightclub owners in S.A. First Lolly, now this..#smh

  • Andrew - 2012-02-08 11:13

    What does the fact that he's gay got to do with anything? I never seen the headline 'Hetrosexual business owner found dead'.

  • Michelle - 2012-02-08 11:35

    Sorry, let me understand this... "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" if one is disturbed by something why not a) check if all okay, or b) phone the police / security - I know they may not come but AT LEAST you would have made an attempt!

      Evan - 2012-02-08 12:58

      I agree, BUT have you not noticed how people don't like to get involved, maybe even more so in a murder. People's lack of concern for their fellow human being is very worrying, we need to support one another.

      christo.cilliers - 2012-02-09 07:11

      this is so typical of us as South Africans... we dont want to get involved...sad state of affairs...

  • Terry - 2012-02-08 13:18

    we lost our gay friend a couple of years ago in pretoria,and people would not stop to help as he was having a heart attack,because he was gay,and we lost such a true and loving friend,as it is well known,gay people make the most awesome friends. may you rest in peace unknown friend

  • Kerry - 2012-02-08 13:59

    Wonder how much he's worth?

      Tommy - 2012-02-08 15:39

      why? u wanna try sell him on ebay?

  • NrGx - 2012-02-08 13:59

    so what has the human settlements MEC Desbo Mohono said about this murder??? NOTHING... I want to know why some murders are of more importance than others? RIP

  • Makatikamusona - 2012-02-08 14:31

    "...he had arrived home with two men on Monday night.." So the neighbors are watching every movement we make, I must start watching my movement and my neighbor's too

      Aking - 2012-02-08 18:52

      I agree - They are watching and not even bothering to call the police when they heard screams! this is bizare. Hope my neighbours dont act like this when I am in trouble!

  • Sue - 2012-02-08 16:47

    RIP - how very tragic. May God have mercy on the perpetrators.

      Riaan - 2012-02-08 18:23

      Why must he have mercy on the perpetrators? Shouldn't he rather have mercy on unsuspecting victims?

      Aking - 2012-02-08 18:34

      I agree - No more mercy on killers.

  • John - 2012-02-08 20:07

    Why should anyone be shocked? Owning night clubs in CT is a high risk occupation.

  • brieuse - 2012-02-08 22:09

    @eye, It's quite obvious you were way out of line to cause your first comment to be deleted. Perhaps you might want to evaluate the way you communicate to people. Don't want people to think your god is hateful, right?

  • christo.cilliers - 2012-02-09 07:17

    the most disturbing thing is that something as sick as this can happen to ANYONE! Most victims know their perpetrators. Be careful ppl. Trust your gut. It is probably correct..... R I P Bruno. My heartfelt condolences to his family and friends! Be strong. Be there for one another!

  • Natalia - 2012-02-15 20:02

    this is so upsetting. its bad enough that we have racism and war but now this. its always about the money, the drugs and pure jealousy. may you rest in peace Bruno. you will be remembered

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