Cape Town Mayor Patricia De Lille’s former spokesperson Steven Otter was murdered in the early hours of Friday morning in his Harfield Village home.

According to reports, the 43-year-old had been working for the City of Cape Town as the Head of Community Engagement in TCT for the past two and a half years and previously worked as De Lille’s spokesman in the Independent Democrats.

Details around his death remain unclear.

De Lille paid tribute to Otter, the man she has fondly referred to as Stevovo’ or ‘my pavement’ due to his eccentric nature.

“I have known and worked with dear Stevovo for many years and he was truly a one of a kind person whose dedication was certainly one of his greatest traits,” said De Lille.

“He will be sorely missed. We extend our deepest condolences to his ex-wife Janine Lange and their young daughter, Mya, 6, family, colleagues and friends. You are in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.”

Councillor Brett Herron said Otter, who was Head of Community Engagement in Transport for Cape Town, was always focussed on ensuring a fair outcome for the most vulnerable and marginalised in every TCT project he was involved in.

“It will be impossible to replace the kind of passion, care and commitment he displayed,” said Herron.

“He really unlocked a project that was blocked for many years,” Herron said.