‘Witness’ contractor fondly remembered as a loving father

2012-12-17 00:00

WITNESS contractor Segaran Naidoo (49), who was shot in the head during a robbery in the CBD last week, died on Saturday evening.

Marlon Naidoo (30) said his father’s death was a very hard pill to swallow.

“They took a father away from his family thinking nothing of it. All they took from him was a bag that had cents in it,” he said of the men who shot his father on the corner of Hoosen Haffajee and Boshoff Streets on Thursday.

A tearful Marlon said his father had always gone the extra mile, not only for his family, but for his employees and strangers as well.

“My dad lived his life for his wife and his kids,” he told The Witness.

“From Monday to Friday, he would always cook for my mom. He was always working hard and we never went on a family holiday up until a month ago when we all went to the Berg for my mom’s birthday.

“That was a really special time together.”

Marlon described his father as a man with a good heart who was loved by all who knew him.

“He would pick up people in the middle of the night and give them food and a place to sleep; that’s the kind of man that he was. I got a call from a lady who used to work for him yesterday.

“She was crying and telling me that he was a father figure to her.”

Since the shooting on Thursday, his family had never left his bedside at Mediclinic.

“We were all there by his side until the end,” he said.

“We’ve received a lot of support from friends and family, and some people who came to see him in hospital who were not even family. You could see that he touched a lot of lives.

“Although I am sad that he has died, a part of me is also happy that he can now rest, because he has worked hard all of his life,” he added.

Witness circulation manager Clive Reddy said Naidoo was a hard-working and dedicated contractor who always went the extra mile.

“He had a lot of respect from his colleagues. He was a well- liked guy and he will be sorely missed. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family at this time of grief.

“As a contractor, Naidoo controlled street sales, and had approximately 60 people in his employ.

“He created a lot of employment for a lot of people,” said Reddy.

Naidoo had been part of The Witness family for more than 30 years.

Colleague Pat Pillay said Naidoo was a very hard-working and helpful person.

“It’s sad to see him go, especially at this time of the year,” he said.

Naidoo’s funeral will be held tomorrow at the Aryan Hall in Raisethorpe.

He is survived by his wife Sandra, who previously worked at The Witness, Marlon, and a daughter, Marlini (26).

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