3 held for hijacking TV presenter's cousin
Indhrannie Pillay, The Witness
Durban - The grieving family of 26-year-old Soomeshan Govender, who was killed during a hijacking in Park Rynie on Sunday morning, will say their final goodbyes to him on Tuesday as three suspects appear in court in connection with his death.
Soomeshan’s funeral will take place at his Umkomaas home where family and friends will pay their last respects.
His father, Logan Govender, said: “He was our youngest child. He was a respectful and responsible child. His sudden and tragic death has shocked us all.
"Our entire family is still trying to come to terms with what has happened. It is so difficult to understand why.”
Soomeshan was hijacked on the main road in Park Rynie just after 01:30 after socialising with friends in Scottburgh.
Scottburgh police found his body on the N2 near Park Rynie at 02:00. An inquest docket was opened.
Govender said: “I received a call from a policeman in Durban at around 07:00.
“He confirmed all my son’s details with me and then told me that Soomeshan’s car was hijacked and found in Isipingo but there was no sign of him.”
The family began a frantic search for Soomeshan. Messages were broadcast on social networks to alert people to his disappearance.
His cousin, Carte Blanche presenter Devi Sankaree Govender, posted an urgent alert on her Facebook page asking for information relating to his whereabouts.
“Our family started looking everywhere. My brother eventually found his body at the mortuary in Park Rynie,” his father said.
“We take some solace knowing that we found him. If they had dumped him somewhere where we could never find him then we would not get closure.”
Police are investigating whether Soomeshan tried to escape from the moving vehicle or whether he was thrown out by his hijackers. The post-mortem showed that he died as a result of multiple injuries.
A suspect from Umlazi, who was allegedly driving the hijacked car, was arrested in Isipingo by metro police on Sunday. Two more suspects were arrested in Umzinto on Monday morning.
They will appear in the Scottburgh Magistrate’s Court on Tuesday on murder and hijacking charges.
"Detective Warrant Officer Yugen Moodley, Warrant Officer Cliffie Pillay and Lieutenant Nicholas Mkhize are investigating this case. The quick arrests and investigation by the detectives were excellent,” police spokesperson Lieutenant-Colonel Zandra Wiid said.
'So happy and full of life'
Yureshin Naicker, who was with Soomeshan a short while before his death, said: “I still cannot believe this happened. He was so happy and full of life."
Naicker said they were on Marine Drive in Scottburgh where they went to have pizzas.
“At around 01:30 we decided that we are going home. I left for my house in Umzinto and he was on his way to Umkomaas.”
Later in the morning Naicker learnt that his friend was missing.
“His uncle came to check if I knew where he was because he did not return home.
“He was so humble and was considerate towards everyone. If he could be in two places at once just to help people he would do it,” Naicker said. “Everyone, especially those who know him best, will really miss Soomeshan.”