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28 February 2011 at 09:40 - Posted by Anonymous

Dad killed in home while kids slept


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The Kraaifontein home of Phillip van Zyl was under police guard while friends and neighbours have left flowers, with a card bearing condolences, at the gate. Picture: Greg Maxwell

Police have called on the public to provide leads in the murder of a Kraaifontein father, who was stabbed in his home while his children were asleep.

Phillip van Zyl, 42, was found dead on a couch on Saturday. His hands were tied and he had a stab wound in the chest.
 
His children, aged eight and 11, were not harmed. They are in the care of relatives.
 
A television and cellphone are missing and Van Zyl’s Toyota Tazz was found abandoned near Fisantekraal hours later.
 
Police spokesman Warrant Officer Gerhard Niemand said on Sunday that police did not have any leads.
 
He called on residents to help police find the culprit.
 
“We are expecting people who were offered a cellphone and a TV to come forward,” he said.
 
“Maybe the culprit is out there bragging about the stolen items. We are pleading with residents to let us know because we want to make an arrest.”
 
Niemand said forensic experts had combed the house for fingerprints, footprints and bloodstains.
 
On Sunday, two bunches of flowers, one with a message of condolence, were attached to the gate to the Joostenberg Vlakte home.
 
“Phillip, good friend, dear father of two, God bless. Miss you. (From) the Smiths,” read the message.
 
People walking and driving past the house stopped and stared at the flowers while visitors took time to read the moving message on an attached card.
 
A police officer in a police bakkie was stationed at the home. He said relatives had arrived and left later in the morning.
 
A neighbour described Van Zyl and his family as “good people who kept to themselves and would not hurt anybody”.
 
“They got a raw deal, they don’t deserve this. I am very sad,” said Jan Willem Koster.
 
He said although he did not have much contact with Van Zyl, they had known each other when they were young.
 
Koster got to know the Van Zyls after he bought his property in 1972.
 
Anyone with information should call Warrant Officer Dirkie van Reenen at 021 980 5500 or Crime Stop confidentially at 08600 10111. - Cape Times
 
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