Grandfather killed outside school

The Toyota Tazz which was stolen and later recovered.
The Toyota Tazz which was stolen and later recovered.

Days after a Westville man was murdered in a home invasion, another family has been robbed of a father and grandfather who was shot in cold-blood during a hijacking ordeal, yesterday afternoon.

Sixty-seven-year-old Maduray ‘Rogers’ Govender was waiting to pick up his two grandchildren outside Kenville Primary School when two men approached him and ordered him to get out of his vehicle.

Govender’s son-in-law, Vishal Munoobhai, said as he was alighting his maroon Toyota Tazz, one of the men hit him on his head with a gun and then shot him in his chest. The men then dragged his lifeless body out of the vehicle and left it on the road before fleeing in his car.

The heinous act was committed minutes before pupils could be dismissed from school. Police, who arrived on scene, only released the children once it was safe to do so.

Munoobhai said the family, who reside in Kenville, has been left devastated by the incident. “It was his daily routine to go and pick up the grandchildren. We are all in shock and can’t believe this has happened to him. Crime is rife in Kenville. There are robberies, hijackings and thefts of motor vehicles on a daily basis. We have community police meetings but crime is still high. There should be police vehicles dispatched to all schools in our area because of the high levels of crime,” he said.

Bystanders who had gathered at the scene shared the same sentiments. A resident, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said the police service is pathetic. “When you call for a domestic violence issue, police arrive within minutes. But if you call for a house robbery or a vehicle theft, they take about an hour to come to your house. I have experienced this with them,” she said.

The deceased’s brother, Mr S Govender, said, “We must leave no stone unturned to catch the suspects. Justice must prevail,” he said.  Chairman of the Kenville Sea Cow Lake Police Sub Forum Sector 3, Douglas Naidoo, said there has been spate of crime-related incidents in the area. “We have sent a memorandum to the station commissioner of Greenwood Park SAPS addressing these issues. We will be meeting with him at Kenville Primary School on February 9 at 6:30pm. I urge members of the community to attend and voice their concerns,” he said.

Greenwood Park police spokesman, W/O Leon Audh, confirmed the case. He said, “On January 27, members were on duty when they responded to a shooting and hijacking complaint on Temple Road, Kenville. It is alleged that the 67-year-old driver was seated in his vehicle when he was approached by two unknown men. One of the suspects drew a firearm and started to shoot at the driver of the said vehicle.”

He added, “The suspects then dragged the victim out of his vehicle and drove off on Smithfield Road. The vehicle was recovered on the same day and brought to the station. Fingerprints were taken and our members are confident that arrests will be made soon. We appeal to the public to come forward with any information that could assist us in this case. They can contact Det W/O K Pillay (Bob) on 083-560-0623.”

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