Investigation as Irish charity worker found dead in South Africa

Police have opened a murder investigation after an Irish charity worker was found dead in South Africa yesterday.

The Department of Foreign Affairs has confirmed it is offering consular assistance to the family of John Curran who was found dead at his apartment in Cape Town, South Africa.

A spokesman for the South Africa Police Service, Captain Ezra October, said that an initial investigation indicates that Mr Curran suffered fatal stab wounds.

Captain October told RTÉ News that CCTV footage has been recovered from the scene which he is hopeful will be of use in the investigation.

It is currently being examined by forensics experts.

Captain October said that at this stage they can confirm only that Mr Curran’s mobile phone is missing, but officers at the crime scene are examining if anything else is missing.

Mr Curran had been working in South Africa as a Director of Education at Mellon Educate and had recently retired from that position.

Speaking on RTÉ’s News at One, David Ruddy, President of the Irish Primary Principals’ Network, paid tribute to Mr Curran.

He described Mr Curran as a visionary and an exemplary leader who was passionate about support systems for school leaders. 

Mr Ruddy said that when Mr Curran retired, he embarked on several different projects, and engaged with teachers and principals both in Ireland and South Africa to offer them support and advice.

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