Cape Town – The 59-year-old priest from Mitchells Plain robbed and shot dead while on his way to his other job as a security guard has been described as a man who would do everything for his family and his job.
Manuel Jansen, from Tugela Street in Portlands, a well-known priest at the Hazeldene New Apostolic Congregation, was ambushed by two men while waiting for a bus at 5.20am on Tuesday. One man was arrested soon after the attack.
His widow, who didn't want to be identified, described him on Thursday as a very goal-driven person, Netwerk24 reported, who always left for work at exactly the same time. "He wasn't scared but I always warned him to be careful."
She said he had been aware he could be a possible target as he suspected there were people monitoring him.
She and her daughters were informed of his death close after 7am on Tuesday by someone who was at the scene and recognised him. "I didn't go the scene in front of the Lentegeur primary school," the widow said.