Former city mayor in hospital

2015-09-11 09:30
Omar Latiff

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FORMER Msunduzi mayor Omar Latiff was hospitalised late on Wednesday night for a recurring heart condition shortly after a get-together with friends.

Latiff, who recently underwent a bypass, was rushed to the Medi­Clinic Hospital in Pietermaritzburg. He was later transferred to St Augustine’s Hospital in Durban.

His friend and colleague, Msunduzi Speaker Babu Baijoo, said Latiff had joined his friends on Wednesday night for a game of cards.

“A few of us close friends were playing Thunee on Wednesday night. We were shocked to receive the message later that he had taken ill,” said Baijoo.

He said his friends were taking solace in the fact that Latiff was being treated by the best cardiologists.

“We pray that he will recover fully. He has a strong will. Our thoughts are with his family.”

Latiff was mayor of the city from 1996 to 2000, and was described as a pioneer in the early days of a democratic council.

Yesterday, executive committee members conveyed their good wishes to the former mayor before the council meeting.

“We send our best and wish Omar Latiff a speedy recovery,” said Mayor Chris Ndlela.

Democratic Alliance member Bill Lambert echoed the council’s wishes, saying that Latiff was the first mayor under whom he had served, and his expertise and experience were “greatly valued in those early years of a democratic council”

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