Man shot in KZN road rage attack

2014-11-05 13:19
Sandhani Padayachee and her fiancé, Kavlin Naidoo, who was shot in an apparent road rage attack. (The Witness)

Sandhani Padayachee and her fiancé, Kavlin Naidoo, who was shot in an apparent road rage attack. (The Witness)

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Khanyisani Dlomo, The Witness

Pietermaritzburg - As Kavlin Naidoo clung to life in hospital on Tuesday, his family and fiancée were haunted over why he was shot in an apparent road rage attack.

Naidoo’s distraught fiancée Sandhani Padayachee, who was with him when he was shot, told The Witness there had been no argument between him and his attacker in Pietermaritzburg on Sunday night.

Padayachee said the shooter, who was a total stranger to them, had sped past them and then stopped, blocking their way. “Kavlin got out of the car to ask what was happening and the man took a gun and shot him. He then just drove off,” she said.

Naidoo’s brother, Davelin, was driving the couple through town when a red Toyota Auris cut in front of them on the corner of Jabu Ndlovu and Retief streets.

Critical condition

Naidoo was shot once in the stomach. Emergency services tried to stabilise him before rushing him to Grey’s Hospital where he remains critical in ICU.

“The women in the car with him did not scream. They just turned and looked. They didn’t try to stop him or help,” said Padayachee.

“What is this country coming to? And he had the audacity to drive away. He has no idea how this has traumatised the family,” said his father, Dev.

He said Naidoo underwent surgery for 12 hours and doctors and surgeons are working around the clock to save his life.

“His condition is very bad. His liver, kidneys and intestines were damaged … We wait from hour to hour because we don’t know what will happen. He is fighting for his life,” said the father.

Planning to get married

Padayachee said Naidoo had proposed in January this year and they were planning for their wedding.

She is hopeful he will pull through.

“He has to get better so we can live our lives together. We were planning to get married in two years’ time. I want him to be strong … We need him,” she said.

His inconsolable mother, who asked not to be named, said the group of women in the other car must come forward and hand the driver over to the police.

“Do those women have children? If they do, then they must do the right thing. We are going through serious trauma,” she said.

“I praise the paramedics who took his almost lifeless body to the hospital. All his internal organs are damaged and the doctors are doing everything in their power to save his life.”

Naidoo’s mother has been at the hospital since her son was admitted.

Dev Naidoo said over 120 people have visited his son in hospital.

“He has great plans for his fiancée and the family. He loves to help people and makes them laugh.”

Police spokesperson Thulani Zwane said on Tuesday that no arrests had been made.

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