Omar shooting not political, says aunt

2017-08-11 16:59

Cape Town - The fatal shooting of late ANC politician Dullah Omar's nephew, Shaheed Omar, was unlikely to have been politically motivated, his grief-stricken aunt said on Friday.

“I doubt it,” Latiefa Omar said as mourners streamed into the family’s home in Rylands, Cape Town, to pay their respects.

“It seems more it was  someone who was drugged, perhaps... got scared when he realised he had shot and killed Shaheed, but I really can't imagine it was anything like that [political].”

Omar was shot in the chest and died near the intersection of Jan Smuts and Govan Mbeki Drive at 20:30 on Thursday.

There had been speculation that it may have had something to do with the family expressing concern over the naming of the ANC’s Cape Metro branch after Dullah Omar. The anti-apartheid stalwart was the country's first justice minister justice after 1994.

According to Latiefa Omar, the 44-year-old investment specialist and his mother Subeida were on their way home after dropping off soup for a relative who was feeling poorly.

When they got to the sprawling intersection, which is blighted by roadworks, a man approached their car and threatened them.

Shaheed apparently started opening the door, seemingly to deflect attention from his mother, with his right leg out of the vehicle. A shot was fired through the window, hitting him in the chest. He died on the scene.

The crime scene where Shaheed Omar was killed. (Zukile Daniel, News24)

Latiefa Omar said his mother got out of the car and tried to flag down other motorists, but at first nobody stopped.

Hysterical, she screamed: “My son has been shot, please phone an ambulance!”

Police cordoned the area off for hours, with Shaheed still in the car.

Latiefa's eyes welled up as she explained the agony of not being allowed to go near his body until police forensic specialists had done their work.

He had married for the second time about 15 months ago, and was about to move in to the top storey of his parents' renovated home after his own house burnt down six months ago, said Omar.

His body was washed in accordance with Muslim rites on Friday, and his funeral would be held at the Mountainview Mosque in the afternoon.

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