Relative shoots couple, then himself

2016-04-04 13:54
The state mortuary van arrives at the Moodley’s home in Ricky’s Terrace last night.

The state mortuary van arrives at the Moodley’s home in Ricky’s Terrace last night. (Amil Umraw, The Witness)

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Pietermaritzburg - A prominent Pietermaritzburg teacher was killed and her husband seriously wounded when a relative opened fire on the couple at their Darjeeling Heights home on Sunday night.

The shooter, a former Pietermaritzburg policeman, then turned the gun on himself. His body was found in a pool of blood on the driveway of the couple’s home.

Saras Moodley, a teacher at Arthur Blaxall School, was gunned down in her kitchen and her husband Ronnie Moodley, a teacher at Orient Heights Primary School, was rushed to hospital in a serious condition, nursing gunshot wounds to the abdomen and leg.

The shooter was identified as Ganes Moodley, Ronnie’s brother-in-law and a former police officer.

It is believed the couple’s youngest son was in the house when the shooting took place.

When The Witness arrived at the upmarket house in Ricky’s Terrace, neighbours, friends, relatives and colleagues of the couple had already gathered. Grieving family members could be heard weeping as police rolled out yellow tape, blocking entrance to the property.

Ganes’s body could be seen from the roadside, covered in white plastic sheeting.

Relatives said he had come to visit the couple after they had returned from a holiday in the Seychelles recently. According to a police source, it is believed a heated argument ensued. The details of the argument are unclear at this stage, but family said that Ganes suddenly flew into a fit of rage, which sparked the shooting.

It is alleged that Ganes approached Saras when she went into the kitchen, and opened fire. It is unclear how many times she was shot, but it is believed he then turned the gun on his brother-in-law Ronnie, who was shot in the abdomen and leg.

Upon exiting the house, he shot and killed himself. A police source said Ganes resigned from the police service a few years ago.

A friend of the family, who asked to remain anonymous, said the Moodleys were a “very close, loving couple” who were “seldom apart”.

“They were both very dedicated teachers and are survived by their two sons. They were very religious Hindus and both heads of department at their respective schools. This is a big loss to education in Pietermaritzburg,” the family friend said.

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