Father ‘will never forgive them’

2009-11-21 00:00

“I WILL never forgive them.”

These were the emotional words of Jeewan Seevnarain, whose daughter, Kavisha, was hijacked and thrown off a 60-metre bridge by her attackers a week ago.

Kavisha (26), a teacher at Mowat Park Girls’ High in Durban, was hijacked at an intersection in Shallcross and flung off a bridge on the N2 freeway near Umkomaas.

Kavisha planned to visit a friend on that fateful night, but when she failed to pitch up, her concerned friend called her parents. A passer-by found her lying in the shallow water and called emergency services.

Suffering from a shattered pelvis, broken ribs and hypothermia, Kavisha was airlifted to St Augustine’s Hospital where she was placed in the intensive care unit. A hijacking task team arrested three suspects earlier in the week.

On Thursday, Sibusiso Dlamini and Wandile Nsibande pleaded guilty to hijacking, kidnapping, attempted murder and possession of an illegal firearm.

A third accused, a 16-year-old, pleaded not guilty.

Minutes later, Dlamini and Nsibande were sentenced to 40 years and 25 years respectively by magistrate Anand Maharaj,

Seevnarain said he will not accept an apology from the men or forgive them for their callous actions towards his only daughter.

During the two-day trial, Seevnarain described Kavisha’s pain and suffering, her warm personality and his views on the heinous crime to the court.

He also handed in a picture of Ka­visha, which showed a young woman in the prime of her life.

He said that he was “satisfied” with the sentence and felt that justice had prevailed.

“I will never accept their apology as it is just perfunctory. It will not heal any wounds,” he said.

Seevnarain said he wants to live until the men are released from pri­son so he can show them what the world is like without criminals.

“If I’m still alive, I want to show them what a beautiful world we can have without scum like them. I’m glad they will be incarcerated for all that time,” he said.

In passing sentence, Maharaj said, Kavisha pleaded with the men to spare her life, but they kicked her from the bridge railing.

“In his testimony, her father asked whether these were human beings or animals. He described the crime as an atrocity towards man,” he said.

Maharaj said it is unfair to liken Dlamini and Nsibande to animals as “animals are caring and loving and ask for nothing in return”.

“These qualities are clearly absent in them,” he said.

Maharaj said Seevnarain said he was not in a position to accept the accused men’s apology.

“South Africa is involved in a wave of spiralling crime with terror in the hearts of the community … robbery of this nature is prevalent with wo­men becoming soft targets,” he said.

Maharaj said the men appeared as “numb as rock” and did not show any emotion.

He said they represent a mental and physical danger to society and should be removed as they have no respect for humanity.

Outside the court, Seevnarain hugged and thanked police, court officials and even journalists for their support.

“The pen is stronger than the sword. We must all act against crime,” he added.

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