Former SA cricket star Vernon Philander loses brother to violent crime

Former SA cricket star Vernon Philander loses brother to violent crime

- South African former cricket player Vernon Philander's brother has been murdered

- He was shot dead on Wednesday this week and the family is in shock

- Circumstances around his death are still unclear but details should emerge later

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Former South African cricket player Vernon Philander lost his brother to violent crime on Wednesday this week. 32-year-old Tyrone Philander was shot dead in Ravensmead, Cape Town.

The circumstances surrounding his death are yet to be revealed. Addressing the media in a brief statement, Vernon Philander asked that the police be given enough space to thoroughly complete their investigation.

"The murder is now under the subject of police investigation and we respectfully ask that the media give the police the space to conduct a thorough investigation. There are no details around the incident at the moment and speculation will make it very difficult for us to mourn as a family," he said in the statement.

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Philander also went on to thank everyone for their support during this emotionally challenging time that he and his family have been abruptly forced to undergo due to their family member's untimely murder.

He concluded by saying that his brother will forever be in the hearts of his family members, adding "May his soul rest in peace."

Meanwhile, Ravensmead police called on anyone with information on the murder of Tyrone Philander to contact the local police. He also shared a number on which the police department in the area can be reached.

Vernon Philander's brother, Tyrone Philander has been shot dead
Vernon Philander's brother has been killed. Source: Twitter/VDP_24
Source: Twitter also reported South Africans are alarmed by an increase in murder cases in the country. On Friday, 25th September, Bishop Lavis Magistrate's Court charged Zane Killian with the murder of a 52-year-old Lieutenant Colonel Charl Kinnear, an anti-gang unit (AGU) officer, in Cape Town.

The police released a warrant of arrest on Monday, 20 September. On Wednesday, 23 September, Killian was arrested and taken to Western Cape but the Hawks gave an official statement about the arrest on Thursday, 24 September.

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Eric Ntabazalila, the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) spokesperson in the Western Cape, revealed that Zane was going to face three charges: murder, conspiracy to commit murder and unlawful interception of communication. He also revealed that the suspect did not apply for bail and that the state would deny him bail if he applied.

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