Support for shot couple’s family

2016-04-05 12:45
Saras and Ronnie Moodley.

Saras and Ronnie Moodley. (Supplied)

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Pietermaritzburg - Condolences poured in for teacher couple Saras and Ronnie Moodley on Monday after the pair were attacked by a gun-wielding relative on Sunday night.

Saras, who taught at the Arthur Blaxall School, was gunned down at their Ricky’s Terrace home. Ronnie, a teacher at Orient Heights Primary School, is said to be in a stable condition at a local hospital.

The shooter, former Pietermaritzburg policeman Ganes Moodley, Ronnie’s brother-in-law, shot himself outside the house after shooting the couple.

According to a family friend, Ronnie “is getting over his physical injuries and is recovering well”.

“The physical injuries are healing after a successful operation, but the mental and emotional anguish will still be there. He is currently heavily sedated in the intensive care unit,” the family friend said yesterday.

The couple’s youngest son, Yerushan, described Saras as “the best kind of mother any child could dream of”.

He said her life revolved around her husband and children’s happiness. Speaking on behalf of his father and brother ­Keveshan, Yerushan said his mother was a “happy, calm and cool person”.

“She loved shopping. She loved wearing nice clothes and would always be seen in new clothes going to school. She was a classy woman,” he said.

Saras and Ronnie recently returned from a holiday in the Seychelles, where they had celebrated Ronnie’s 50th birthday.

“My parents loved to travel together. They had the best time in the Seychelles and returned happy and relaxed,” he said.

“My father would always be the one to say she should save her money, but my mother lived every day like it was her last and always believed that nothing was worth stressing over,” Yerushan said.

He said his mother would always tell him that she chose to teach children with special needs because she wanted to do something meaningful. She began teaching at H.S. Ebrahim school for children with special needs and was recently promoted to Arthur Blaxall school as head of department.

“She challenged herself by learning how to teach blind children. She never stopped learning and followed the teachings of Sai Baba, which guided her in her life,” he said.

Yerushan described his parents as a loving couple who “behaved like newlyweds”.

“They would always be together, holding hands. There was hardly a time when they were apart. My father’s life revolved around my mother and she adored him,” he said.

Yerushan said his mother was a pillar of strength who kept the extended family together.

“She made the best mutton biryani and chocolate cake anyone has ever tasted. She would host all the family functions at our home and was always asked to prepare the meals,” he said. Moodley wanted to thank the friends and family all the support they have given to the family.

Orient Heights principal Trevor Naidoo declined to comment and attempts to get hold of Arthur Blaxall school representatives yesterday were unsuccessful.

Funeral arrangements would be announced in The Witness tomorrow.

• amil.umraw@witness.co.za

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