Irish charity worker, John Curran, who was found dead in his apartment in a hotel in Cape Town, Wednesday, has been reportedly killed for his mobile phone. Besides, The Department of Foreign Affairs confirmed that it is offering consular assistance to his family.
A spokesperson for the South African Police service, Captain Ezra October, confirmed that according to the initial investigation Curran suffered several fatal stab wounds. Correspondingly, a CCTV footage has been recovered from the scene, to further look in to the matter. The initial phase of investigation also reported Curran’s phone missing, a plausible reason, now, linked with his death.
Curran worked in South Africa as a Director of Education at Mellon Educate and had recently retired from the position. He just completed his two-year contract with them and was due to return back to his homeland.
A figure well known in his country, was on a holiday in Cape Town, when he was killed. Curran spent 14 years of his career as the Principal of the Good Shephard National School in Dublin’s Churchtown up until 2005.
Following the saddened news of his death, David Rubby, President of the Irish Primary principals’ network, paid tribute and expressed, Curran was visionary and an exemplary leader who was passionate about support systems for the school leaders.
He also elaborated that when he retired, his vision showcased the importance of focusing on several different projects, and he even engaged with teachers and principals both in Ireland and South Africa to offer them support and advice
Mellon Educate’s CEO, Niall Mellon also said that they were deeply shocked to hear the news, he elaborated, “John Curran was a very special man who was much loved by everyone who met him and especially by the thousands of children he helped during his time with Mellon Educate.”