Shock death: Burned in his Lamborghini

2011-06-06 00:00

A PROMINENT Durban businessman’s son, who survived being drugged in a kidnapping incident some years back, was burnt beyond recognition when he allegedly lost control of his red Lamborghini while driving along the M4, near Waterkant Road in Durban North, in the early hours of yesterday morning.

Jameel Pandor was the son of Jakes Pandor, who owns Jakes Auto Exports that made headlines in 2009, when it lost around 200 cars to a fire which ravaged two floors of the business found along old Smith Street, Durban.

Jameel also made the headlines five years ago when he was kidnapped. The alleged kidnapper demanded $1 million for his safe return, and he was found a few days later, drugged.

Attempts to speak to the family members were unsuccessful, but a close family friend confirmed that Jameel was indeed Jakes’s son. The source said he could not comment any further other than saying the family was still shocked.

Police spokesperson Lieutenant-Colonel Vincent Mdunge said Pandor (in his 30s) probably drove too fast along the M4.

“He lost control of his car, and was burnt beyond recognition,” he said.

He said the deceased’s next of kin were yesterday preparing for his funeral arrangements, which will be performed according to his Islamic religious beliefs.

Spokesperson for Netcare 911, Chris Botha said witnesses at the scene said the Lamborghini was driving along the M4 North at around 3.30 am when it left the roadway, ploughed through trees and undergrowth for about 400 metres and finally stopped on its roof near the Broadway conference centre.

“When Netcare 911 paramedics and the fire department arrived at the scene they found the vehicle totally engulfed in flames,” said Botha.

He said after the fire was extinguished they found that the driver, described only as an Indian man in his 30’s, had died due to the extensive injuries that he had sustained.

“Emergency personnel had to use the jaws of life to free the body from the crumpled remains of the luxury sports car,” he added.

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