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Armed men kill couple, wound son

2011-12-22 13:01

Durban - Three men killed a couple and also shot and wounded their son in Burbreez, Tongaat on Thursday morning, KwaZulu Natal police said.

"Prominent businessman Balaram Reddy, 56, and his wife Maliga Reddy, 52, were shot dead while asleep in bed," Colonel Jay Naicker said.

Their son Nivashin Reddy, 27, was shot in the left lower back and stabbed several times.

He is in a serious, but stable condition in hospital.

"It is alleged that Balaram, Maliga and Nivashin, were asleep in their home when three unknown armed men forced their way in through the back door and attacked them."

Other family members who were on the premises were not attacked.

"The motive for the attack and whether or not anything was stolen from the premises is yet to be established."

Police are investigating charges of two counts of murder, attempted murder and robbery.

Comments
  • Shirley - 2011-12-22 13:21

    Hold a referendum on the death penalty seeing as by all accounts we are a democratic country!!!!!! This has got to stop!!! These lazy good for nothing people who just want EVERYTHING for nothing,wont work,HAVE NO VALUE for human life......These people are encouraged to carry on with these sick acts of violence when the prsident sings bring my machine gun,Malema says shoot the boer and all this talk of taking land back !!!!!To all the ministers out there who are going to have an over the top Christmas on tax payers money-with every bite of food you eat,every sip of expensive alcohol you drink I hope a vivid picture of the murderd,maimed and tortured victims of crime appears in your head!!! No one in government desrves a happy festive season!!!! You have done nothing to earn it!!!!

      Sledge - 2011-12-22 13:27

      I agree 100000%,those so called "Leaders" are the most useless, evil things that roam this country - I for one hope they choke on their Christmas PAP.

      jerry.pres - 2011-12-22 13:58

      Fully agree, but death penalty in the hand of our goverment can be dangerous. Death penalty need responsible and trusthworthy system. I am not sure about that.

      comurray - 2011-12-22 15:52

      @Shirley, it is all very well holding a referendum on the death penalty however should the majority of voters say yes then the vote will be rigged so the powers that be don't have to go along with voters wishes.

      Aubrey - 2011-12-22 17:59

      @SHIRLEY SORRY TO DISAPOINT YOU, BUT THESE FAT CAT MINISTERS ETC, ETC COULD'NT GIVE A SH** ABOUT YOU, ME, OR ANYBODY ELSE. THEY ONLY THINK OF THEMSELVES PERIOD.

  • Vanessa - 2011-12-22 13:52

    @Shirley I agree with you 100%

  • Perfume - 2011-12-22 13:53

    Deepest condolences to the friends and family of the deceased. Praying that the son recovers. Zuma said the death penalty will not be a deterrent.

      Irma - 2011-12-23 10:11

      I don't particularly care if it's a deterrent or not. The fact is these people have to be taken out permanently. They must not go to jail, they must not have the possibility of getting out and killing again. At least that one person will not live to kill again.

  • spartanx93 - 2011-12-22 14:02

    Sooner or later the death penalty has to be reinstated. if zooma believes that it is not a deterrent from committing serious crimes. he is extremely miss lead or ignorant, or both! I can't remember the last time I picked up a news paper or read an online news site, without seeing the words "rape & killed" on the same page.

  • Thoka - 2011-12-22 14:15

    they must be dumped at deap sea when they are cought. I am sure sharks need some toys. Sies!!!!

      Riaad - 2011-12-22 15:10

      Criminals are poison, Thoka. I fear for the sharks. Many of them are endangered species already, you know :)

      Nicholas - 2011-12-22 20:52

      Don't think this is just a random criminal act. Looks like either a business deal gone wrong, or he cheesed someone off in the market, or someone wants him out the way so that they can do what he does ...

      Sharkshoot - 2011-12-23 15:19

      My thoughts exactly. Sounds like a hit.

  • kenneth.roselt - 2011-12-22 14:15

    i have a simple fix, if i find you in my house during the night - uninvited - i will shoot first and ask questions later - what were you doing the in the first place... Can't take chances anymore with things the way they are.

      Riaad - 2011-12-22 15:00

      I agree with your sentiment, Kenneth, but as the Law stands, I'm afraid that u will be arrested and depending on to what degree the trespasser was armed, you may get to serve time in prison. Sad state of affairs when the criminals have more rights than the Law-abiding!

      kenneth.roselt - 2011-12-22 15:23

      Riaad, One will haver to then fight it out if needed, still shoot first, ask questions later, i am certainly not going to invite the guy(s) to a cup of tea and discuss the fact that they're armed or not - in my house uninvited, what were you doing there? how do i know he is not planning on raping my wife and or daughter? how do i know he doesn't have a knife / gun, must i then wait for him to stab me or my wife, or my daughter before i shoot, sorry, but the law is wrong on this one, and any good lawyer will get the case dismissed, so long as he is in the house, and not the grounds...

      Riaad - 2011-12-22 15:35

      As the Law stands, lethal force can only be used if his gun is pointed at you or his knife is about to stab you. Sick but true ...

      Kala - 2011-12-22 16:37

      Riaad I happen to know that if there is an unarmed intruder in your house and you shoot him dead. Most cops will just leave it at that. Just make sure he's dead. Dead men tell no tales.

  • Sharon - 2011-12-22 14:25

    Its just another day in paradise

  • Fredster - 2011-12-22 15:28

    What are you doing about this Mr President?

      comurray - 2011-12-22 15:57

      The same as usual, absolutely nothing as it was not his family involved.

      jurgen.eksteen - 2011-12-22 16:37

      He is processing it ... like the report on the police lease scandal, at the same speed.

      Lodewyk - 2011-12-22 16:43

      Useless leaders and corrupt policemen.. A disease that needs to be cured in this country before we can stop these barbaric animals from murdering! Death penalty would be a good start!

      Lodewyk - 2011-12-22 16:47

      Mr Showerhead..

  • sesom - 2011-12-22 17:18

    Where these armed men POLICE? Ifso, maybe from Douglasdale Police Station>

  • Aubrey - 2011-12-22 17:52

    THE BIG BRAVE ZULU WARRIORS ARE AT IT AGAIN. IS THERE PERHAPS A WORD TO DISCRIBE THIS SCUM OF THE EARTH. MUST BE THEIR ANCESTORS WHO TOLD THEM TO CARRY OUT THESE DISPICABLE ACTS. MY CONDOLENCES TO THE FAMILY

      Mkhize Nontando - 2011-12-23 07:59

      And u knw dat da killers were zulu warriors how? Shut up if u dnt hv anythng valuable to add pls! And I fu watch da news u will knw dat it is thought by da family members dat dis was as a result of jealousy amongst da community for dey successful businesses and dat community happens to be of indian and dey had tried to assasinate hm last week and dey failed! So shut ur mouth if u dnt knw wat u are toking abt! U piece of junk!

      Mkhize Nontando - 2011-12-23 08:04

      And u knw dat da killers were zulu warriors how? Shut up if u dnt hv anythng valuable to add pls! And I fu watch da news u will knw dat it is thought by da family members dat dis was as a result of jealousy amongst da community for dey successful businesses and dat community happens to be of indian and dey had tried to assasinate hm last week and dey failed! So shut ur mouth if u dnt knw wat u are toking abt! U piece of junk!

      Mkhize Nontando - 2011-12-23 08:04

      And u knw dat da killers were zulu warriors how? Shut up if u dnt hv anythng valuable to add pls! And I fu watch da news u will knw dat it is thought by da family members dat dis was as a result of jealousy amongst da community for dey successful businesses and dat community happens to be of indian and dey had tried to assasinate hm last week and dey failed! So shut ur mouth if u dnt knw wat u are toking abt! U piece of junk!

      Mkhize Nontando - 2011-12-23 08:04

      And u knw dat da killers were zulu warriors how? Shut up if u dnt hv anythng valuable to add pls! And I fu watch da news u will knw dat it is thought by da family members dat dis was as a result of jealousy amongst da community for dey successful businesses and dat community happens to be of indian and dey had tried to assasinate hm last week and dey failed! So shut ur mouth if u dnt knw wat u are toking abt! U piece of junk!

      Xenswim1 - 2011-12-23 10:27

      @Mkize You cannot be serious. What position in government do you hold? Typical of the education standard.

      Jacqui - 2011-12-23 12:03

      Mkhize, Now try it in English.

  • AyGeewils - 2011-12-22 18:29

    This will bring in the tourists ...

      Sharon - 2011-12-23 09:44

      There must be a market for "Murder Tourism", South Africa has the infrastructure all setup and has proved the concept beyond any doubt, just bring those foreign white spectators and make them pay in euros.

  • Andries - 2011-12-23 02:58

    Who alleged that they were asleep? The attackers?

  • sam.swanpoel - 2011-12-23 09:57

    Reinstate the death penalty! The criminals know they wont die if caught.

  • Irma - 2011-12-23 10:09

    I think there is more to this story than meets the eye. The husband was in a shooting last week- I am sure it must be linked. How many people attract so much crime by living their normal everyday lives? Sorry to be a drag but I really think there is something more sinister here.

  • Edmund - 2011-12-23 11:56

    I think all the politicians drive around with body guards because of random crime and not plots targeted at them! We should become the 1st country where everyone hires body guards to just survive ;)

  • James Smythe - 2013-03-27 15:19

    Given the useless nature of the SAPS and judicial system, where a FRACTION OF ONE PERCENT of all murders result in an actual conviction!!!!, the (judicial) death penalty would not deter. The ONLY deterrent available today is a belief on the part of thugs like these that they could very likely have to confront a very determined and properly armed-with-a-firearm householder, or even a neighbour of the victim, who will simply take them out as soon as call the cops. The deterrent will not manifest in a huge increase in actual shootings (who should worry about scum being removed anyway?)- it will be, as proven in the US especially, the fear that such a belief engenders in the invader, if our law-abiding populace were generally armed and known to be armed. With the removal by coercion and intimidation of some 600 000 or more legal guns from the law-abiding under the FCA, criminals have a low probability of meeting such a person right now - and they know it, thus our government works to endure THEIR 'workplace safety' whilst condemning the law-abiding to victimhood and death or injury!

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