Family ‘his will to live’

2012-07-18 00:00

KAMRAN Naidoo and his brother, Yuvesh, were looking forward to celebrating individual milestones in their young lives next week.

Kamran was to celebrate his third birthday, at which he would have expected to receive cars and balls — his favourite toys — among his gifts. And Yuvesh was excited at the thought of making new friends when he started pre-school. He would have turned five next month.

Instead the boys, who drowned along with their dad, Vijen Naidoo (35) on Monday afternoon, will be laid to rest today.

The three drowned when their car, a Toyota Tazz, plunged into Richards Bay Harbour. Divers brought them to the surface within minutes, and paramedics tried for some time to revive the children, to no avail.

The Witness reported on Monday that the Tazz had arrived at a restricted part of the harbour and its occupants — who then included the boys, their father and a woman — were turned away by a security guard because they did not have a permit.

The vehicle left, but returned an hour later, this time without the woman and plunged into the water.

Yesterday, a relative of the family — who would not be named — said Naidoo, who moved to Richards Bay in the mid-1990s, had been a fireman before going into business.

Naidoo had risen to a senior rank in the fire department and had worked as a fireman in Tanzania.

He returned to South Africa and opened a fast food outlet a few years ago, seeking to improve his family’s quality of life.

“He lived for his family and his kids loved him. He was a very strong-willed, determined person,” said the relative, adding that Naidoo was a keen fisherman with an impressive collection of rods and reels.

On his Facebook page — which was last updated on December 24, 2010 — Naidoo had uploaded several pictures of his sons.

There was also one of his “sexy” wife Levern holding Yuvesh.

His final status updates spoke of his joy at celebrating Christmas with his family.

It read: “its xmas time, and will be spending with my family after a long while thats the only gift i need for xmas more than i will ever need love you guys, my beautiful lovely sexy wife and handsome boys, love you guys, my inspiration and will to live [sic].”

On the same day, Naidoo thanked Levern for sticking by him through “tough” times: “Thanking you levern for all that you have done for us as a family the times i put u through the times with the business has been tough but we have won together as a family good times ahead for 2011 love you with all my heart babes [sic].”

The relative said funeral services would be held at the children’s maternal grandparents’ Richards Bay home and at Naidoo’s mum’s home in KwaDukuza today.

Levern identified the bodies of her husband and children yesterday morning. She was later taken to a doctor and sedated.

KwaZulu-Natal police spokesperson Colonel Jay Naicker said detectives were still investigating the circumstances surrounding the deaths.

He said the motive for the murder-suicide was unknown.

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