Doctor sues over attack at resort - report

2014-07-27 11:08

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Johannesburg - A Johannesburg doctor is suing the KwaZulu-Natal wildlife department for more than R11m in damages after being attacked at a holiday resort in Kosi Bay, the Sunday Times reported.


A doctor's report stated that Moosa Peer, 63, suffered from post-traumatic amnesia as a result of the attack at the Kosi Bay Lodges resort, which had rendered him incapable of running his practice, according to the newspaper.

Peer claims Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife failed to warn him of previous attacks at the Kosi Bay Lodges resort.

In December 2008, armed men entered the lodge and held the Peer family hostage while their rooms were ransacked.

Cash of R3 500 and items, including fishing gear, were taken. The robbers forced Peer into the family's car and drove off with him. An hour later, they returned and locked the entire family in a room.

Peer was repeatedly pistol-whipped and a gun was held to his head as the robbers threatened to kill his twin sons. Security guards passing the lodge heard their screams for help only three hours later.

In the KwaZulu-Natal High Court in Pietermaritzburg, Peer is claiming for loss of past income and future losses, medical expenses, and general damages for "pain, suffering and permanent disability".

Ezemvelo has denied culpability. In responding papers, it said Peer and his family were aware they were renting the lodge at their own risk and were repeatedly reminded of this when they arrived.

Ezemvelo said it displayed an indemnity sign at the resort entrance, stating that it accepted no responsibility for any death, injury or illness sustained by visitors or for the loss, theft or damage to property.

- SAPA
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