A teacher was murdered in Parkmore, leaving the community shocked. Kirsten Kluyts, a 34-year-old teacher, was found dead on a jogging path at George Lea Park in Sandton. As per TimesLIVE, the circumstances of her death remained unknown as police investigated the case. Kluyts was described as unique and kind by those who knew her.
She worked at Delta Park remedial school, and the school expressed its condolences on social media. The Gauteng Department of Education confirmed that Kluyts had taught creative arts, life skills, and English since 2020, providing psychosocial support to those affected.
Visiting the club where the incident occurred, TimesLIVE reported that the place was generally considered safe for runners due to secure fencing, except for one pedestrian gate. Kluyts’s cell phone and car keys were near her body.
Running clubs at the sports club remained cautious when speaking about the incident and its impact on safety measures. MyRun Sandton Sports Club confirmed the incident but did not provide further details. Roderick Barrett, director at MyFitness and Mobii Systems, which operates MyRun, explained their timing system but refrained from discussing the incident specifics.
Nedbank Running Club Central Gauteng expressed shock at the tragic incident and concern for runners’ safety. They had been based in Parkmore, and in light of recent events, they were looking for an alternative venue with enhanced security measures in collaboration with local security firms and community policing forums.
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