Cape Town - The doting daughter of a slain father has offered a R100 000 reward in a bid to bring her father’s killers to justice.
It was during a Newlands Test match in January last year that former Western Province cricketer John Eugene Commins was murdered at his Oak Avenue, Newlands, family home.
Newlands stadium flags were flown at half-mast the next day in honour of the 71-year-old, who played for Western Province Cricket Union in the 1960s, was the youngest brother of Western Province chief executive Kevin Commins and the uncle of former Proteas cricketer John Commins.
Commins and his wife, Cherie, had been at home at 10.45pm on that Wednesday when three men climbed through an open bedroom window and tied them up in separate rooms.
Police said the men had tied up Cherie, ordering her not to scream.
The invaders then ransacked the house, before making off with jewellery and an undisclosed amount of cash.
After they were gone, Commins’s wife managed to untie herself and make her way to her husband. But by the time she found him tied up on his bed, he was already dead.
Now, more than a year later, his daughter Donne, owner of Big Sports sports management company, which represents many top South African sports stars, is still mourning the loss of her father – exacerbated by a lack of progress in the hunt for his killers.
On Tuesday, she told the Cape Argus: “The death of a parent I am sure is always a life-changing event… My father, my mentor, my hero, gone, without even a breath of goodbye.
“Finding the killers will not bring back my dad, but it will help us and those who have been affected by this tragedy to move forward, to prevent another tragedy and to believe that crime does not pay…
“Someone somewhere knows something and I believe in the ultimate good of humanity that some day we will know the truth.
“We are still offering a reward of R100 000 for information that leads to a conviction and our private investigator, Christo Herselman, of Steyn and Nicholls, can be contacted on 083 261 9701,” Donne said.
At the time of going to press on Tuesday night, police had not been able to provide any update on the investigation.