There is concern within the LGBT community that the murder of gay nightclub owner Bruno Bronn (50) could be linked to the recent spate of gay murders in Gauteng.
Bronn’s body was found by a domestic worker at his Sea Point home on Tuesday morning. It is thought that he was strangled to death.
At least seven men have been killed in Gauteng in the last two years. They were all murdered in private homes and most were strangled.
The cases remain unsolved.
“There is a chance that they could be linked and there appears to be some similarities,” a source close to the Gauteng investigations told Mambaonline.
He warned that the links are tenuous, adding that there have been conflicting reports about details of Bronn’s murder.
He noted, however, that there was a similar unsolved murder of a gay man in 2010 in Cape Town which, he said, the city’s police are looking into.
Police spokesperson Warrant Officer November Filander told Mambaonline that police are aware of the Gauteng killings but that Bronn’s murder was being investigated as a separate incident.
“At this stage we are only investigating this murder as an isolated incident before we can look at that. The investigation is still at an early stage,” he said.
He did, however, confirm that there was a similar murder in Cape Town in 2010 “but we cannot say at this stage if there is a link”.
Filander also denied that Bronn’s murder is related to the recent arrest of 13 bouncers in the city in a clampdown on the nightclub industry.
Meanwhile, more details have emerged of Bronn’s murder including reports that his body was beaten and mutilated beyond recognition. Police are said to have taken a hammer as evidence from the scene.
It has also been reported that Bronn’s BMW, cell phone and laptop appear to be missing.
Neighbours said that they saw Bronn arrive at his home with two men on Monday night, after which a loud and disturbing altercation was heard.
His body was discovered in the unlocked house the next morning.
Bronn was the owner of popular gay clubs Bronx and Navigaytion which closed down less than a month ago due to planned redevelopment of the building in which they were housed.