Leading KZN crime fighter’s funeral today

2014-01-04 00:00

ONE of the province’s top crime busting personalities, who was killed in a head-on accident on Thursday, will be mourned today.

Durban-based Jody Nair (38), the provincial manager for Business Against Crime (BAC) KZN, was travelling back from a holiday in Cape Town when it is alleged an oncoming taxi overtook on a blind rise and hit Nair’s Toyota Fortuner head-on. Both drivers died on impact.

However, miraculously his wife and nine-year-old son, his sister, brother-in-law and their two children — all of whom were in the vehicle — escaped with minor injuries.

Brother-in-law Eugene Pillay said he is still coming to terms with what happened.

“It has been hectic. We had all gone to Cape Town for holiday on December 21 having spent time at Muizenberg. We were passing Harrismith at about midday yesterday [Thursday] when we came over a blind rise straight into a taxi. Everything just happened so quickly,” said Pillay.

He said Nair’s family were battling to come to terms with his sudden death but that funeral arrangements were already under way. He said a Hindu funeral ceremony will be held at Clare Estate.

Nair’s colleague Dave Whittaker, who heads BAC Zululand, said his presence will be missed. He said he had known him for several years and ranked him among the top crime fighting individuals in the province.

“He was a very brave and competent man and was well respected among security circles including the SAPS, SANDF and other KZN provincial security clusters,” said Whittaker.

KZN Transport and Community Safety MEC Willies Mchunu called Nair’s death “a tragedy”.

“He was an instrumental figure in the fight against crime. I am particularly saddened that Nair died in a vehicle accident during this period where emphasis on road safety has been para­mount,” said Mchunu.

Details of the other deceased were not immediately available.

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