Family mourns PMB-born doctor after his unexplained murder

2011-11-21 00:00

THE mother of a Pietermaritzburg-born medical doctor, Darryl Robert (39) who was murdered two weeks ago in Gauteng, told The Witness they yearn for closure after their son’s unexplained death.

“We really can’t talk about it now. I think the news has been overly publicised and we want closure. I hope you can understand,” Northdale mother Audrey Robert said.

A Sunday publication reported that Robert’s body was discovered in his BMW X5 after a security guard noticed it had been parked for over 24 hours in Modderfontein, Gauteng. He lived in Greenstone.

He had bruises to his head, his vehicle was locked, and his wallet, cellphone and jewellery were all still intact, the newspaper reported.

“He was definitely murdered and we have ruled out the possibility of a suicide,” Gauteng police spokesperson, Lungile Dlamini was quoted as saying.

Apparently the buttons of his shirt were torn off.

According to the Gauteng Look Local online community crime watch website, Robert completed matric in 1989, was awarded a scholarship and qualified as a doctor in 1995 at the University of KwaZulu-Natal.

His internship was completed at Grey’s Hospital in 1996, and he went on to serve as a registrar in internal medicine for two years.

He then moved to the United Kingdom where he worked as a senior house officer.

When Robert returned to South Africa, he resumed studies as a radiology registrar.

He then moved to Medicross to start practising general medicine there.

He continued studying medical law through Unisa, and HIV and travel medicine through Glasgow University, which he would have completed next year.

Marian Zackey, one of many patients who posted their condolences on the website, wrote: “You treated my whole family and children. We made jokes with you and we all trus­ted you completely, we could phone, SMS and even BBM you anytime of the day or night and you always responded. You always cared.

We will miss you terribly. Your smile will stay in our hearts forever.”

Dr Robert’s funeral was held in Gauteng.

gabisile.ngcobo@witness.co.za

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