Robbers strike close to PMB family’s heart

2016-06-28 13:49
Kistie Naidoo (92) stands in their family temple in Khan Road, which was ransacked by thieves on the weekend. An 112-year-old brass lamp that belonged to Naidoo’s mother, and was brought with her from India, was one of the many lamps that were stolen.

Kistie Naidoo (92) stands in their family temple in Khan Road, which was ransacked by thieves on the weekend. An 112-year-old brass lamp that belonged to Naidoo’s mother, and was brought with her from India, was one of the many lamps that were stolen. (Ian Carbutt, The Witness)

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Pietermaritzburg - Theives made off with an 112-year-old brass lamp, among other sentimental items, after they ransacked a family temple in Raisethorpe on the weekend.

The Khan Road temple, which belongs to the Govender family, was looted of all its brass lamps and idols on Friday night.

Kistie Naidoo (92) said the family was “completely disheartened” after they discovered the temple empty on Saturday morning.

“My eldest brother, who is 98 years old, built this temple with his own hands, starting when he was 14 years old. He built it for our mother who did not have a place to worship when we moved here,” she said.

Naidoo said her nephew, who usually visits the temple in the early mornings, made the discovery.

Two big brass lamps, idols and statues of Indian gods and goddesses, brass trays and a brass Aum sign were stolen.

“My mother was given the lamp when she was married in India. She brought the lamp to South Africa when they arrived here in 1904. It meant so much to us because it belonged to our mother,” Naidoo said.

The family said they were “heartbroken” at their loss.

Naidoo said her nephew, who lives in London, would visit the temple annually to conduct his prayer.

“This temple means a lot to our family. The things that were stolen had deep sentimental meaning to us and we don’t know what value it will have to thieves. But they have crossed god and entered our holy place and they have to live with it now,” Naidoo said.

A spokesperson for the north cluster police, Warrant Officer Joshua Maistry, said police were investigating a case of housebreaking and theft.

The family and police have appealed for anyone with positive information about the robbery to contact acting detective commander Lieutenant-Colonel Phozwa at 033 387 9621, 083 476 2047 or 079 500 0264.

• kailene.pillay@witness.co.za

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