Family says brother’s death not suicide

2016-09-01 06:00
PHOTO: supplied Dane Nair’s body was found in his bakkie at the Port Shepstone police station entrance.

PHOTO: supplied Dane Nair’s body was found in his bakkie at the Port Shepstone police station entrance.

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THE family of the late Dane Nair are not satisfied with the way the Port Shepstone SAPS is handling Nair’s case.

They believe that from the word go the case was registered incorrectly as suicide.

Nair’s body was found in his bakkie on 27 June at the Port Shepstone Police Station charge office entrance.

Nair’s sister Rani Landsberg said the reason they feel the police are not doing their job is because there has been no arrest.

“My brother had received death threats three weeks prior to his murder. At one stage, just after his Nissan bakkie had been to the panel-beaters, someone tried to drive him off the road and we believe it is the same person who killed him.”

She said her brother had gone to the police on 26 June late at night asking them to help him regarding those who were after him.

“In the early hours he returned home and was very restless, pacing up and down. That afternoon he left home after receiving a text message that said, ‘never to be seen alive again’.”

Landsberg said Nair went to the police station again seeking protection, only for it to be his place of death.

Landsberg said that from her brother’s injuries it was evident he had put up a fight.

However, the family find it difficult to understand that upon finding his lifeless body across his bakkie seats, the police suggested that his death was suicide, even though he had been in the charge office minutes before.

“My brother’s postmortem report indicated his death was unnatural.

“The investigating officer has not been helpful. The first time we got a visit from the him to take our statements was six weeks after Dane’s murder.

“We are always phoning for updates on his case. We understand that their caseload is heavy and they lack the manpower, but we will not accept tardiness or the lack of the ability­ to perform one’s duty,” said Landsberg

She says the SAPS should be giving this case extra attention because the crime took place on their doorstep, and has further tainted their image in the eyes of the public.

“The police need to stop treating his murder as suicide, find those individuals responsible and bring them to book and get rid of all those dirty policeman­.”

The Port Shepstone SAPS was asked for comment and police spokesperson Captain
Vincent Pandarum said the case is still under investigation and the Dane’s family are being kept updated regarding the investigation.

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