Durban businessman dies trying to protect family

2015-07-14 17:41
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Durban - A Westville businessman was shot dead, allegedly by four men pretending to be customers.

The man was shot while trying to protect his family on Tuesday morning. 

Shakirra Govan relived the ordeal that led to her brother Yashin Bagwandeen's death.

She said her father, Vinod Bagwandeen, was walking into their Mottramdale Road home when four men drove up the driveway.

“They were driving a white Subaru station wagon and came up to the door. They asked to speak to my brother Yashin Bagwandeen, 43, and my father told them that he was not home.”

The men, who were pretending to be customers, pulled out their guns and pointed it at Govan’s father and proceeded into the house.

“My brother’s wife, Larissa, was carrying their 1-year-old daughter and they were in the kitchen when the men led my father into the kitchen.

“They pointed the gun at Larissa and the baby, and my brother heard the commotion and went into the kitchen with his gun. He went [to] the front of his wife to protect her and the baby and the men shot him several times.”

Govan said she believed the men had been watching the family for some time.

“My brother sold appliances from his garage. They had done their homework, because they knew people come in and out of the house. They must have thought that there was a safe in the house,” she said.  

Bagwandeen’s neighbour, who asked not to be named, said he heard gun shots fired just before 09:00 on Tuesday.

“I was in my office at the back when I heard the shots and I came out and I saw two men wearing overalls walking down the driveway.

“They got into a white Subaru. After they drove away, my neighbour and I walked into the house and everyone was shaken.

“I told my wife to call the police. I saw the victim on the ground. He was dead. I think it was robbery because it appears as though he pulled out his gun as well,” said the man.

Rescue Care’s Garrith Jamieson said, when paramedics arrived at the scene, Bagwandeen was declared dead.  

Police are investigating.

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