SUV driver’s body found

2012-10-25 00:00

BUSINESSMAN Asogan Govender’s body was recovered from the Msunduzi River yesterday, three days after his car was washed off at the low-level bridge near Sobantu after a heavy downpour early on Sunday morning.

The 44-year-old Govender’s body was spotted two kilometres downstream from the spot where his Kia Sorento SUV was found, by the same fisherman who had spotted the car.

The floating body was blocked from being washed further downstream by a tree branch.

Family and friends gathered near the gate of the Darvill waterworks after being notified by the police that Govender’s body had been found.

Some relatives walked to the spot along a muddy road, while others were driven in police vehicles.

Govender’s nephew, Yugusan, was the first to view the body and was followed by the rest of the family.

They said a prayer and thanked God that his body was found. Some said the recovery had brought them closure after days of uncertainty.

Govender’s cousin, Kenny Naidoo, couldn’t hold back his tears, while pain was etched on other relatives’ faces even though they shed no tears.

“He was a lovable, charismatic individual and a learned person. He loved his family and his children,” said Yugusan.

He expressed the family’s gratitude to the lead diver, Ian Cowley, for recovering the body.

Fisherman Zamani Xaba, who had spotted Govender’s SUV in the river on Tuesday, told The Witness that he was asked to join the divers in the search. It was he who had located the body.

Diver Mike Bennett said this was the most difficult search of his career because the water level of the river had been high after the recent rain, posing a danger to the divers.

Govender was the owner of Express Trailer Spares in Mkondeni.

The divorced father of two children drowned on Sunday morning while driving back from Raisethorpe to his Scottsville home.

The Witness reported on Tuesday that during the incident he had made a desperate phone call for help to his family at about 1.30 am on Sunday.

The family rushed to the bridge to try and assist him, but there was no sign of his car and the police were alerted.

Police spokesperson Lieutenant Joey Jeevan said officers have opened an inquest docket relating to the incident.

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