Vegetable hawker found dead

2015-06-04 06:00
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Valayadham Munien Govender (Naina) was found dead on Tuesday morning.

PHOTO: supplied Valayadham Munien Govender (Naina) was found dead on Tuesday morning.

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THE Port Shepstone community is saddened and shocked by the death of Valayadham Munien Govender (Naina)

Govender, a well-known vegetable hawker was reported missing on 25 May.

Police were called to a scene in Protea Park, just outside Albersville on Tuesday morning where his partially decomposed body was found.

His brother Saigren said the family had been having sleepless nights since Govender went missing.

When they received news of his murder, they “broke down”.

“We are shocked and traumatised. Naina was an innocent, young man who would not hurt anyone,” said Saigren.

He said the ordeal has been a “nightmare” for the family.

“I can’t imagine what Naina must have gone through.”

Naina grew up in Langabelela, just outside the Oribi Gorge area, then moved to Marburg where he lived with his siblings after his mother died.

He attended Schola Amoris School and had an artistic flair.

“Although doctors said my brother had a mental condition, he was very intelligent. He was a fine artist and could draw anything in detail just by looking at it,” said Saigren­.

He also made cars out of wire.

Naina was popular among the Marburg, Merlewood and Albersville­ communities as he frequented­ the areas every day to sell vegetables­.

“Almost everyone knew him. All his customers will tell you what a humble person he was,” said Saigren­.

“We hope the SAPS does a thorough­ investigation and that an arrest is made soon. My brother did not deserve this. Justice must be served.”

A murder docket was opened and a post-mortem will be conducted­ to established the cause of death.

The funeral service takes place today (Thursday) at house number 1376, Jupiter Road, Marburg and will then proceed to Newlight Ministries­ in Marburg

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