Artist still has hope that brother’s killer will be caught after 29 years

2014-06-24 00:00

TWENTY-NINE years after his brother was murdered, Durban artist Nanda Soobben and his family have not lost hope that the killer will be brought to justice. Charlie Soobben, a professional football player for the then Suburb United, was murdered on June 23, 1985, in the parking lot of a nightclub in Isipingo.

“Unfortunately, it’s the families of the deceased that suffer the most because the public forgets easily about an incident that cost a life, but those close to the victim live with the pain throughout their lives,” Soobben said yesterday.

“When people found him, he was unconscious. He was rushed to hospital where he was put on life support machines. Things were done differently back then, so without notifying the family, hospital staff in charge at the time switched the machine off. Our father could not handle the pain of losing a son and he died a year later,” he said.

He said police investigated the incident, but nothing came out of the investigation. “Surely someone must have seen something and that little something can actually be of great help, but, unfortunately, way back then, as is the case now, people are scared to come out and report what they witnessed when it comes to crime. We were left only with memories and although this happened a long time ago, to us it feels like yesterday,” he said.

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