Near double tragedy as mother is shot on N2

2010-12-16 00:00

SCHALK Visser was shocked when, at around 3.30 am on Tuesday morning, he received a phone call from his mother, Kotie Visser, who had just been shot and severely injured on the N2 highway on her way to collect newspapers for distribution.

Visser said he had left Shelly Beach half-an-hour after his mother to collect newspapers at the Pavilion shopping centre where his mother was also headed.

“By the time she called me I was practically where she was already,” said Visser.

“The ambulances arrived just a few minutes after I had arrived there.”

Visser was a police officer before taking over his father’s job in the newspaper distribution industry. In 2006 his father was shot and killed in an attempted robbery after his work van broke down.

“Obviously I was shocked and the first thing I thought was ‘here we go again’,” he said.

Kotie Visser is in St Augustine’s Hospital in Durban and is in a stable condition.

“She was shot just under the armpit and her lung was pierced and the bullet lodged in her spine,” said Visser.

“Last night [Tuesday] she showed signs of responsiveness and the doctors say once she comes around they will do more scans to gauge the extent of her injuries.

“It could have been a lot worse.”

Visser said his wife and sister are concerned for his safety.

“The problem is that our vans are similar to security, tobacco and cash transport vans, so they are targets for robberies,” he said.

“They are very worried because we are out so early in the morning.”

Visser is working overtime to ensure business continues as normal in his mother’s absence.

“I have got so much going on at work that I don’t really have time to think about it all.

“The Port Shepstone and Umkomaas police have been fantastic and I hope they catch the guys who did this.”

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