Mom’s diary of despair

2015-03-09 00:00

PATSY Naidoo repeatedly watches a video on her cellphone of her son ­opening gifts. It is the Pietermaritzburg mother’s sole reminder of her son ­Kavlin’s voice and laughter.

Kavlin (27) was shot in the stomach in what is thought to have been a road rage ­incident, and died in hospital three weeks later.

Naidoo spoke to The Witness last week, after the man accused of shooting her son appeared in court.

Thobelani Khuzwayo, formerly a ­sergeant of the Family Violence, Child Abuse and Sexual Offences Unit, ­appeared in the Pietermaritzburg ­Magistrate’s Court in connection with the shooting last Wednesday. The ­matter was adjourned to April 10.

“He [Khuzwayo] was right in front of me, less than a metre away, and he had no remorse at all. He didn’t even look at me; he wasn’t even sad,” Naidoo said.

With tears welling in her eyes, she spoke of how she deals with Kavlin’s death and the horror and torment of once sitting by his hospital bedside, praying for one extra breath.

Naidoo keeps a diary on her at all times in which she jots down all her thoughts and feelings when she thinks of her son. The diary, which is filled with words of despair and questions about why her son was killed, is accompanied by two other books filled with messages from friends and relatives who wrote notes to Kavlin during his 20-day ­hospital stay.

Naidoo also showed The Witness the video of her son that she watches often on her cellphone.

It shows Kavlin’s joy when opening gifts from his fiancée Sandhani ­Padayachee. “This is the only reminder I have of his voice and of his laughter. I’ll never hear it again anywhere else,” Naidoo said.

“I remember sitting by his hospital bed and putting my hand over his heart, and I could feel it beating slower and slower every minute.”

According to police sources who would not be named, Khuzwayo ­resigned from the police a day before an internal hearing was to be held into the shooting last month.

“Does he [Khuzwayo] even know what he has done to us? It has been four months and nobody has approached us,” Naidoo said, referring to the ­women Khuzwayo was transporting when the incident occurred.

Kavlin was allegedly shot by ­Khuzwayo after an altercation in central Pietermaritzburg on November 2.

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions. publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.