Mom’s diary of despair

2015-03-09 00:00

PATSY Naidoo repeatedly watches a video on her cellphone of her son ­opening gifts. It is the Pietermaritzburg mother’s sole reminder of her son ­Kavlin’s voice and laughter.

Kavlin (27) was shot in the stomach in what is thought to have been a road rage ­incident, and died in hospital three weeks later.

Naidoo spoke to The Witness last week, after the man accused of shooting her son appeared in court.

Thobelani Khuzwayo, formerly a ­sergeant of the Family Violence, Child Abuse and Sexual Offences Unit, ­appeared in the Pietermaritzburg ­Magistrate’s Court in connection with the shooting last Wednesday. The ­matter was adjourned to April 10.

“He [Khuzwayo] was right in front of me, less than a metre away, and he had no remorse at all. He didn’t even look at me; he wasn’t even sad,” Naidoo said.

With tears welling in her eyes, she spoke of how she deals with Kavlin’s death and the horror and torment of once sitting by his hospital bedside, praying for one extra breath.

Naidoo keeps a diary on her at all times in which she jots down all her thoughts and feelings when she thinks of her son. The diary, which is filled with words of despair and questions about why her son was killed, is accompanied by two other books filled with messages from friends and relatives who wrote notes to Kavlin during his 20-day ­hospital stay.

Naidoo also showed The Witness the video of her son that she watches often on her cellphone.

It shows Kavlin’s joy when opening gifts from his fiancée Sandhani ­Padayachee. “This is the only reminder I have of his voice and of his laughter. I’ll never hear it again anywhere else,” Naidoo said.

“I remember sitting by his hospital bed and putting my hand over his heart, and I could feel it beating slower and slower every minute.”

According to police sources who would not be named, Khuzwayo ­resigned from the police a day before an internal hearing was to be held into the shooting last month.

“Does he [Khuzwayo] even know what he has done to us? It has been four months and nobody has approached us,” Naidoo said, referring to the ­women Khuzwayo was transporting when the incident occurred.

Kavlin was allegedly shot by ­Khuzwayo after an altercation in central Pietermaritzburg on November 2.

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