Messages and wreaths for Keanan Simons SEE P3

2018-04-06 06:00

COMMUNITY members of Twistville in Kokstad are mourning the death Keanan Simons (25) who they believed was murdered by drug rivals.

Police are investigating a case of murder.

Morgan Pienaar, who witnessed the attack told the Fever that four men attacked Simons with knives in broad daylight at the corner of Wylde Road and Paulsen Circle in Twistville on March 21.

“I saw people screaming as the men were stabbing Simons, I tried to pull Simons out from the hands of the men, but I did not succeed.

“They even tried to drive their car over his body as he was lying on the ground. I blocked them by standing next to him,” said Pienaar.

He said Simons was rushed by one of the community members in their private vehicle to EG and Usher Memorial Hospital heavily bleeding from stab wounds. When they arrived at hospital the attackers who followed them wanted to “finish him off”, but security guards from the hospital chased them away.

Simons was then transferred to a hospital in Pietermaritzburg, but died the following day.

“In 2016, Simons was taken to a rehabilitation centre twice by our non profit organisation, Untwist unfortunately he later relapsed. I always tell young people that it is dangerous to use drugs,” said Pienaar.

Pienaar claims that him and Simons were involved in drug use. Pienaar, however said he had stopped using and that Simons was in rehab but relapsed.

He added that people who use drugs end up in jail or die.

Dolly Bihl who formed Untwist, an organisation which assists youngsters with drug problems, said the death of Simons should be a lesson to young people who use drugs.

On Sunday afternoon, young people and community members of Twistville laid wreaths and left messages of support at the place where Simons was attacked. Some of the members shed a tear as they remembered Simons.

His mother, Patricia said the attackers initially killed her dog in her yard before they attacked Simons. She called on the court to give harsh sentences to attackers so that they “suffer” for what they did. The funeral service for Simons will be held in Kokstad this weekend.

SAPS spokesperson Dumisani Ncongo said two men aged between 20 and 24 years have been arrested for Simon’s murder. They appeared at the Kokstad Magistrate’s Court on Monday and their case was postponed to April 3 for a bail application. They remain in custody.

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