City doctor murdered

2013-05-14 00:00

THREE shots — to the neck, back and right arm — took the life of prominent Pietermaritzburg doctor Bhavish Sewram last night.

Paramedics, quick on the scene, battled to save him, but he was declared dead an hour after he was shot while about to start his car to drive home after work.

When The Witness arrived at the scene, Sewram’s practice on the corner of Chota Motala and Khan roads, it was teeming with policemen, paramedics and shocked bystanders.

One distraught woman could be heard shouting: “They murdered him! They murdered him! They shot him dead.”

A shop owner standing outside his shop next to Sewram’s surgery said he knew the doctor very well.

“He used to come in here all the time to buy bread and milk after work. He was a good doctor and he used to help me also with treatment,” said the businessman, who refused to give The Witness his name.

Other people expressed similar views about the well-known doctor and said he was kind and well respected in the area.

Police spokesperson Lieutenant Joey Jeevan said Sewram had just got into his car when a man approached him.

“The man fired three shots and fled into the squatter camp. Nothing was taken from the car,” Jeevan said.

She said a police dog unit was on his trail.

Another man said that although he didn’t see the shooting, he saw a man in a white hooded top walking away casually after he heard three gunshots.

“It wasn’t a robbery. He shot him three times and walked away. I heard three quick shots. It was Bang! Bang! Bang!” said the man, who declined to be named. He too said that Sewram was a good doctor who had been using the offices for a number of years.

However, a source who moved in the same circles said the doctor had made enemies.

These related to an association with a woman from a well-known Pietermaritzburg family.

Also, in August last year, a female patient laid a charge against the doctor, but it was later withdrawn. Sewram was quoted as saying that the charge was part of a vendetta being waged against him.

In October, The Witness reported that Sewram opened a case after masked men fired rubber bullets at him, and his and his wife’s lives were threatened as part of the alleged vendetta.

He said at the time: “A car with no number plates stopped outside and two masked men shot at me with rubber bullets. I sustained numerous injuries to my body. On Monday, both my wife and I received threatening phone calls from a man saying ‘Last week was rubber bullets, this week it will be real bullets if you and your family do not get out of KZN’.”

Last night, they were real bullets, bullets which left his wife, Yuvadia, widowed, and their two daughters, Lysti (five) and Zita (three), without a father.

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