Murder rocks Parow

Parow police are investigating a murder after a woman found her father dead in his Gardiner Street home late last week.

The 52-year-old man had a visible head wound. His death has angered residents who say crime in the suburb is out of control.

The man’s daughter had been worried after she hadn’t heard from him for two days, said Parow station commander Colonel Teboho Jacobs.

She went to his house at 77 Gardiner Street on Friday March 23 and noticed a front window had been removed.

“She enlisted the help of surrounding neighbours to gain entry to the home. When she entered the home, she found her father lying on the floor,” said Colonel Jacobs.

“The last time her father was seen was on Wednesday March 21 by his neighbours,” said Colonel Jacobs.

Residents expressed their outrage on social media.

“Parow is now an extremely dangerous place and urgent action needs to be taken, as now it’s the residents lives that are being taken inside there own houses,” read one post on a community Facebook page.

Community police forum chairman Roger Cannon said he was shocked to hear of the murder.

“We are very concerned about the high levels of crime in Parow and we want to ensure that Parow police does everything in its power to keep crime at bay.”

He said he would meet soon with Colonel Jacobs to discuss the issue, and the forum would escalate its concerns about the station’s “lack of manpower” to SAPS cluster and provincial levels.

Colonel Jacobs said Parow police urged anyone with information to come forward.

“The crime scene investigators worked through the night on Friday into Saturday to gather as much clues as possible to solve this murder,” he said.

If you have any information, call the investigating officer, Colonel Jacqueline Izaks at 082 469 3347.