Northdale man shot to death as family feud spirals out of control

2015-05-05 11:34
Pranesh Harilal (33), who was shot dead after a family feud in Northdale on Sunday, with his wife Kavisha.

Pranesh Harilal (33), who was shot dead after a family feud in Northdale on Sunday, with his wife Kavisha. (Supplied)

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TWO families remain at loggerheads after a shooting incident in Northdale this past weekend left one man dead.
The family of Pranesh Harilal (33) were left shocked and traumatised after he was killed during a family dispute during the early hours of Sunday morning at his home in Mysore Road, Northdale.
A police source said an argument ensued between family members when one man, who could not be named as he is yet to appear in court after his arrest on Sunday morning, allegedly fired seven shots from his gun, killing Pranesh and wounding his father Jay in the arm and leg.
It is believed the gun is unlicensed and it is unclear what sparked the altercation.
Yesterday, the Harilal family said they are “shocked and in disbelief” as they wait for police investigations to commence before they can plan the funeral.
Pranesh’s wife Kavisha Harilal described him as a humble and quiet man who treasured his children, Tamishka (nine) and Lynishka (18 months old).
“The children keep calling for their father. He was always the life of the party and if ever you got stuck or needed help, he would get in the car and come help at any time,” Kavisha said.
Kavisha said her husband worked as a motor mechanic and was in the process of opening up his own business before he was killed.
“We all feel guilty that we could not save him. It all happened in a split second and he was gone,” she said, adding that she watched her husband fall to his death.
“I will never forgive the people who killed my husband. They robbed my family of a husband and father.”
A source close to the family of the shooter said he and his wife were called to the Harilal home in Mysore Road “to sort out some issues”.
It is believed that the couple’s two young children were seated in their car on Mysore Road while their parents were allegedly attacked.
The source told The Witness that after the shooting, the couple went to Mountain Rise police station immediately to report the incident where the wife fainted.
“The police advised that they go to the hospital first before reporting the matter. His wife was admitted in hospital and he was later arrested. Later on Sunday, he began vomiting in the holding cells and was soon rushed to hospital where he is still being treated,” said the source.
It is believed that the couple had suffered injuries to their upper bodies.
“They have cuts and slashes on their head, neck and hands. They were trying to block the bush knives,” the source said.
ANC councillor Rachel Soobiah said she had visited the Harilal family yesterday.
“We call for justice to be served,” Soobiah said.
Police spokesperson Major Thulani Zwane said a case of murder and attempted murder is being investigated by the Mountain Rise police station.

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