Poignant last call to daddy

2016-10-10 12:17
Akha-Nathi construction company owner Sundresh ‘Prakash’ Sewpujun, who was murdered, allegedly by one of his employees, at the weekend.

Akha-Nathi construction company owner Sundresh ‘Prakash’ Sewpujun, who was murdered, allegedly by one of his employees, at the weekend. (Supplied)

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“I said I loved him and had finally learnt his cellphone number, but now he has gone to God.”

These were the words of a five-year-old Pietermaritzburg girl a day after her father was slain, apparently by one of his trusted staff members, at the weekend.

Local businessman and humanitarian Sundresh “Prakash” Sewpujun died at a Durban hospital after being stabbed while doing a job in Pinetown on Saturday.

Police are now on the hunt for the employee — who worked for Sewpujun for about 10 years — and is believed to have already fled to Lesotho.

Sewpujun was the owner of Akha-Nathi Waterproofing and Roofing Specialists in Manchester Road.

It is believed he had taken a group of his workers to Pinetown to complete a construction job there when an argument broke out between him and one of his employees.

It is alleged the employee stormed off, but returned soon afterwards and stabbed Sewpujun in the stomach and chest before fleeing the area.

Sewpujun was rushed to a nearby hospital where he later died.

Hailed as a humanitarian by his family, Sewpujun was also recently praised by Inkhatha Freedom Party (IFP) leader Mangosuthu Buthelezi, who in July formally opened a multi-skilling centre aimed at providing skills for out-of-work hostel dwellers in KwaMashu — a centre that Sewpujun had founded out of his own pocket.

Even though his company was relatively small in the construction industry, he bought the 1 500 m² warehouse for the centre and also intended to donate more than R1 million of equipment.

His wife, Sharlaine Sewpujun, who frequently broke down in tears while recalling memories of her husband, said in an interview on Sunday that their youngest daughter would now have to experience life without a father.

“It is already so difficult to adjust and the shock has taken over. There is grief and anger,” she said, describing her husband as a joyful, caring and helpful person who was hardworking and passionate about assisting the community.

“He came from a humble background and in 10 years he had accomplished his own little empire.

“He wanted to give back and everything was falling into place for him,” Sharlaine said.

“He had no qualifications, but he possessed so much knowledge of the industry that he could challenge any big business. He put food on so many plates and now my baby has been taken away.”

Sewpujun’s five-year-old daughter, the youngest of his three children, was the last person to speak to him on Saturday.

“He was so happy to hear that his baby had memorised his cellphone number. We will continue his legacy,” Sharlaine said.

Sewpujun’s funeral will commence at 10 am on Monday at his home at 1 Sadien Grove, Belfort.

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