‘Road rage’ victim dies in hospital

2014-11-24 00:00

AS family surrounded his hospital bed on Saturday morning, Kavlin Naidoo took his last breath — two weeks after he was wounded in an alleged road-rage incident.

Naidoo was shot in the stomach on ­November 2, allegedly by Sergeant ­Thobelani Khuzwayo of the Family ­Violence, Child Abuse and Sexual Offences Unit (FCS) after an altercation in central Pietermaritzburg.

The deceased man’s brother, Davelin ­Naidoo, said he and his family were not ­coping with Kavlin’s death.

“I thought it was the saddest day of my life when I knelt in my brother’s blood and held him in my arms. But then we found out from the doctor that he had taken a turn for the worst.

“I love him more than anything. I wish I had more time with him,” said an ­emotional Davelin.

“My brother was shot at close range. I can still hear the gunshot. I didn’t even know he had been shot. I just saw him fall to his knees and saw life slipping away from his eyes.”

Davelin said he sometimes woke up in the middle of the night with the image of the fear and lifelessness in his brother’s eyes on that day.

Kavlin’s father, Dev Naidoo, said he was trying to be strong for the family but the day his son died, he “broke down”.

“Our whole life changed in an instant. That incident has changed so many lives and hurt so many people.

“He was so happy-go-lucky and he made people laugh. Now he is gone.”

Davelin said his brother had so much ­going for him as he had his own business, had just bought a new car and was about to get married.

Dev said Kavlin’s fiancée, Sandhani Padayachee, and her mother were devastated and couldn’t eat or sleep since he died.

“She planned her whole life with him,” said Davelin.

Dev said he received a phonecall early on Saturday morning from Grey’s Hospital telling the family they should come in.

“He [Kavlin] was semi-conscious. Tears were rolling down his face. It was heart-breaking to see him take his last breath.”

Dev said his wife was shattered and didn’t know how she was going to cope with the death of her youngest son.

“He was my wife’s pride and joy.”

Khuzwayo was charged with attempted murder and released on R2 000 bail days ­after the shooting.

Police spokesperson Major Thulani Zwane said he would now be charged with the murder of Kavlin Naidoo.

• chelsea.pieterse@witness.co.za

V Davelin Naidoo, Kavlin’s brother

“I thought it was the saddest day of my life when I knelt in my brother’s blood and held him in my arms. But then we found out from the doctor that he had taken a turn for the worst.”

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