Community mourns activist

Charlton Dipper, 43 was stabbed to death on September 29.

The Kraaifontein community say they are battling to come to terms with the death of community activist Charlton Dipper.

The 43-year-old father of four was stabbed to death in front of his Scottsdene home on Saturday September 29.

Mr Dipper was part of the Oostenberg Community Forum Committee, a group of community activists fighting for housing in the Scottsdene community.

Community activist Peter Syster described him as “good man” and said he had not deserved to die in such a way.

According to Mr Syster, Mr Dipper had been in a heated row with another Scottsdene resident moments before his death.

“He was sleeping when the perpetrator knocked on his door. Their argument got out of control, and the guy stabbed him twice in his chest close to his heart,” he said.

Mr Syster said Mr Dipper had been rushed to the Kraaifontein day hospital but had died on the way there.

“He was like a brother to me, and he loved working
with people in his community. Everyone knew him; he was a people’s person and will be sorely missed by everyone,” said Mr Syster.

“His favourite quote was, ‘I am a community worker without borders.’ I will never forget the passion he had for his community. He would do his utmost best to help anyone. His death leaves a big gap in the community.”

Kraaifontein SAPS did not respond to questions before this edition went to print.