'Life is cheap to many'

2013-09-20 00:00

A MONTH after Bill Daly from Morningside was murdered at his home, an arrest is yet to be made.

Daly, an 88-year-old vintage car enthusiast, was walking from his house to his garage when he was attacked. His body was found by his employee of 28 years, Maureen Ngema.

His hands and feet were bound and a cloth was around his neck. He had been strangled.

Daly’s niece, Trish Lee from Hilton, told The Witness yesterday that she was still battling to come to terms with the death.

“I find it very hard,” she said, adding that she still visits her uncle’s house.

Even though Lee has always been cautious, after Daly’s murder she has become increasingly so.

She said she feels safer now that she lives in a complex with 24-hour security, and usually locks herself inside when she is at home. “It’s sad for me to think that life is cheap to many.”

But the reality is her uncle also had 24-hour security, she pointed out. “It is natural for old people to die, but not in this way.”

But Lee is not letting those that killed her uncle rob her of her pleasant memories they both shared. “I won’t let those that took him take more away from me,” she said.

She recalls their lunches at Mitchell Park the most, and she carries this with her always.

She has not heard anything from the police about the progress in the case, she said.


ALEX Fernandes (27) from Glenwood says he would like to see more police presence on the streets, as he thinks this is lacking in Durban compared to Cape Town, where he used to live.

He had only owned his white Audi A4 for three months before he was hijacked in Marriott Road, Berea last month at around 9.30 pm. He was attending a friend’s birthday party. The car has not yet been recovered.

Fernandes had quickly popped out to his car with his friend to get CDs, when three men pounced on them and hijacked them at gunpoint.

He was also hit on the head with the butt of the firearm.

But Fernandes seemed to be in good spirits yesterday when The Witness spoke to him, and said he was not traumatised anymore.

However, he said he was despondent about the fact that days after the incident money was withdrawn from his account, and when he reported it to the police he was given the cold shoulder. “The officer asked me ‘What do you want me to do about it?’ He was not helpful at all.”

Fernando would also like to see quick police reaction time and more cops patrolling the streets.


“YOU can’t place a price tag on your safety.” So says the director of the Anti-Drugs Forum in Chatsworth, Sam Pillay, whose house was broken into late last year. The thieves got away with goods worth about R150 000.

Pillay and his family were away for the day when burglars ransacked his five-bedroom home and took jewellery, a laptop, cash, cameras and other items.

Pillay, who was a 2009 eThekwini Living Legends award recipient, says he lives in a fairly decent suburb, but he said no one is safe anywhere anymore. “Housebreaking has gone through the roof, and if the statistics are showing otherwise, then they’re lying.”

Fed up with the police’s tardiness, he said the community members in his neighbourhood have taken security matters into their own hands.

A group of 120 residents pay R200 each month to hire private security guards to watch over their area.

Their project started three months ago and there have been few incidents since the guards took over protecting their neighbourhood, he said.

He said this has become a trend because people cannot rely on the police anymore.

Pillay said drugs have a great impact on the levels of crime and said most of the drug users and other lawbreakers do not get arrested. And even if they do, most do not seem to get convicted, he feels.

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