Shot dead for his bakkie

2012-08-10 00:00

THE manager of Anderson’s Timbers in Richmond, Rob Anderson, was gunned down in a hijacking incident on Wednesday, a week before his 39th birthday.

His father, Malcolm Anderson (67), said he began to worry when Rob did not pitch up for the meeting they were to have had on Wednesday afternoon, so he drove to Little Harmony Farm, where Rob was renting a home.

He found his son’s body lying on the road with a gunshot wound and his dog sitting next to him.

He is thought to have been hijacked on Tuesday at around 5.30 pm when he was opening the gate to his house, minutes after he had been with his father.

“I found him lying on the road and what went through my mind is, ‘Why take a life for a bakkie you can replace?’”.

Anderson told The Witness that the perpetrators fled only with the silver Isuzu bakkie because his son’s cellphone, wallet and pen-knife were found in his pocket.

“Rob was a very enthusiastic and energetic young man, but he was tragically taken by people who wanted the bakkie.”

He said his son was a likable person, and people from afar had come down to pay their respects.

The Anderson family has several business interests in Richmond.

Rob went to school at Linpark High School in Pietermaritzburg.

Anderson said funeral arrangements have not been finalised.

Provincial police spokesperson Colonel Jay Naicker confirmed the incident. He said the motive for the murder was still unknown and police were investigating.

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