Captain fallen, but not forgotten

2016-03-09 06:00

IT is now 20 years since the late Captain L.K. Pillay, and other officers, paid the ultimate price with their lives in the dedication and devotion in the line of duty in the South African Police Service­.

Luran was the eldest son of Mr Krishna and Mrs Vino Pillay, who headed The Divine Life Society­ at the bottom of Loop Street (now Jabu Ndlovu).

Luran and I were in the SAPS training college together in 1982. After passing out he was transferred to the VIP Protection Unit in Cape Town and returned to SAPS Mountain Rise where he served for many years. He was apparently due to take up a position as second in command at the Plessislaer Police Station on the Monday following the fatal shooting.

Luran was a gentle and humble soul who wouldn’t harm a fly. He lived strictly by his religious convictions and was a vegetarian. He was a devoted and dedicated member of SAPS. His death cut short a promising career ahead of him.

Before the fatal night certain suspects escaped from the Mountain Rise police cells. The following day information was received to the whereabouts of these suspects.

The brave hearts responded promptly only to fall into an alleged ambush that was laid for these young officers and they were fatally wounded, never returning to their families.

His wife Drew and their children, Navashan, Yourisha and Suvaniya were robbed of a husband, a dad. The family was robbed of a son and a brother. Captain was a dedicated husband, father and son. Family members are still traumatised by his death.

Not only was this a great loss to the community of Pietermaritzburg, but to our rainbow nation as a whole. Servamus et Servimus – I have served and I (still) serve was their only concern. This is so sad, but real. Fallen, but not forgotten.

Logan govender Pietermaritzburg

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