According to the latest police crime statistics, there were eight murders and nine attempted murders reported to the Cape Town Central police station in 2017/18.
The Irish Primary Principals’ Network (IPNN) said on Thursday it is shocked and in disbelief.
“We are numbed and finding it very hard to process the information. John was predeceased by his son Eoin, who died in a tragic sailing accident in 2010, and is survived by Liz and their children Darragh, Tríona and Donal, their partners Clodagh, Liam and Beck, his six grandchildren and his sisters Dolores and Paula. Our hearts go out to his family, his very wide circle of friends, his colleagues and all who knew him.”
It added: “We are all indebted to him for all his work over many years, all of which was completely voluntary. On a personal level, we will greatly miss his wonderful sense of humour, his infectious laugh and his ability to lighten the most serious topic.”