The terrorism in South Africa continue, with the vulnerable amongst the faithfull being targeted by brutal murderers. St George’s Cathedral parishioner Pat Ellies was murdered on Thursday morning in her home at Rondebosch.

On Thursday December 5, at around 3.35am Pat Ellies (76), who lived on Station Road in Rondebosch, was found tied up and murdered.

Rondebosch is one of the Southern Suburbs of Cape Town, South Africa. It is primarily a residential suburb, with shopping and business districts as well as the main campus of the University of Cape Town.

Pat Ellies was known as an activist for her participation in the famous 1985, anti apartheid Purple Rain Protest.

Pat Ellies was a devoted Christian and had lived in the area for over twenty years, when she was attacked by terrorists.

A now widespread tactic by terrorists in South Africa is to target the elderly, and in the most inhumane and brutal way, tie them up and then smother them to death, or tape the victim’s mouth so they suffocate. Dying a most gruesome and horrifying death.

Complicit to the terrorism, the South African Police Service and main stream media, typically report these crimes as a heart attack, suggesting the victim died of natural causes.

These wide spread murders seldom lead to arrests or conviction. A recent exception being the gruesome double murder at Stella Londt, which received a lot of publicity, when two elderly ladies was murdered by a gang of terrorists and the facility’s caretaker.


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Police at the murdered St George’s Cathedral parishioners’ home (Photo: supplied)

According to police, the house was ransacked, her electronic appliances and vehicle were stolen.

Police spokesperson Siyabulela Malo, “Our detectives are working around the clock in an effort to find the perpetrators,”

Pat’s vehicle was found abandoned yesterday in Imizamo Yethu in Hout Bay.

St George’s Cathedral Dean Michael Weeder said: “It is a very sad day for us and we extend our heartfelt condolences to her family. 

The very reverend Michael Weeder of St George’s Cathedral
The very reverend Dean Michael Weeder of St George’s Cathedral

The very reverend Weeder became Dean in 2011 and provided testimony to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission in 1996.

“I was informed she is survived by two of her sisters who live in England” Dean Weeder said.

“When I heard about this I also went to the local police station to inquire about the incident. I was informed it was a house robbery incident.”

“The suspects managed to stop the alarm which went off and she died on the bed.”

“I can just imagine how terrified she might have been.”

Weeder described Ellies as a person with a big heart who loved music.

Tributes also flooded in on her Facebook page.

“A shocking and despicable act took this person who devoted her life to helping others. So very, very sad. R.I.P.,” one follower wrote.

Another remembered Ellis for her indomitable spirit: “Pat Ellis was a feisty lady who worked tirelessly to support the church. The shop in Cathedral House was an institution for many years. May she rest in peace And rise in glory.”

Arrests made for the murder of St George’s Cathedral parishioner Pat Ellies

No arrest have been made.


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