Tributes pour in for slain motorist

2017-09-21 06:02
The victim’s car, abandoned near King Shaka International Airport. Photo: sourced

The victim’s car, abandoned near King Shaka International Airport. Photo: sourced

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TRIBUTES are pouring in for the Tongaat man, who was hijacked, shot and left for dead in Belvedere on August 30.

Treshen Chetty (35) was shot in a hijacking on Daisy Road at about 7.46pm.

He sustained a single gunshot to his chest, and died two days later in hospital.
People on social media expressed their concerns and asked police to launch an urgent investigation. 

Chetty’s friend Vischal Maharaj described him as “gem kind of a guy”.

Maharaj told Weekly he and Chetty chatted at work just before leaving for home in the afternoon of the incident.  

“He gave me a birthday present on the day of his attack. We grew up together. He was a kind of a person who would put other people’s lives first.”

Chetty worked at a car dealership, CHM, in Umhlanga.

“I was his manager. We worked together and he was the type of person who would not refuse to take instructions.
“On the day of the incident he called me, and said ‘boss I’m in trouble. I have been shot. I need help.’ I was shocked.”

His mother, a caregiver at a private hospital in Tongaat said the family was still mourning and reeling from shock.
“I would rather not comment,” she said.

It alleged that while the victim was in his Toyota Tazz he was approached by two suspects.

Head of Reaction Unit South Africa Prem Balram said in a statement: “One of the suspects produced a firearm and shot the victim in the chest.
“The injured man managed to get out of his vehicle and sought assistance at a nearby home.”

The suspects fled in Chetty’s car, which was later recovered on an embankment
at the entrance of Nyaninga near the
King Shaka International Airport intersection.

“It is alleged that the suspects lost control of the vehicle on a sharp bend resulting in it crashing into the embankment.”

Chetty’s funeral was held at the Tongaat Crematorium on September 2.
He leaves his mother, wife and three-year-old son.
SAPS Tongaat spokesperson Captain Patrick Ngwane said: “Police are investigating a case of murder and carjacking.”


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