Community mourns death of Tongaat cop

2016-09-22 06:00
Warrant Officer Pravesh Chunilall.Photo: supplied

Warrant Officer Pravesh Chunilall.Photo: supplied

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TONGAAT residents are still reeling from shock after the death of Warrant Officer Pravesh Chunilall (49) after he suffered a heart attack on 18 September.

Many colleagues said this is a major loss to the Tongaat police station and to the community.

Chunillal was one of the dedicated members at Tongaat SAPS and worked in the police force for about 30 years.

He investigated a number of serious cases in the north of Durban.

Acting branch commander Detective Captain Fathima Perumaul said: “It is indeed a great loss to the community and the police station of Tongaat. He was a dedicated member who went the extra mile at work.

“He joined the police force in 1986 as a student and was transferred to Gauteng to complete his training. [After completion] he returned to the Tongaat police station where he became a full-time member.

“In 2000 he was transferred to the detective branch at the station. In 2005 he attended a detective’s course which enabled him to join the detective unit. He investigated serious cases and managed to secure convictions.

“He was a live wire among other members at the station and the morning parades will not be the same without him. He will be dearly missed by his colleagues. He possessed some rare credentials that gave our station a new look,” she said.

His brother Nishan Chunilall (37) told the Weekly: “He will be dearly missed by the family and the void he left is going to be difficult to fill. He brought the family together and kept the fire burning at home. We are still reeling from the shock because my brother was not sick,” he said.

He was cremated at the Tongaat Crematorium on 18 September. Chunilall leaves behind his mother and brother who is also a police officer at Tongaat SAPS.

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