‘Demons’ jibe fu­els feud

Post - - Front Page - CHAR­LENE SOMDUTH

A NORTH COAST cou­ple say their lives have been turned up­side down by their el­derly neigh­bour, who has charged them with ha­rass­ment and at­tempted mur­der.

Busi­ness­man Niresh Ramdin and his wife, Pinky, of Stanger Manor, said the pen­sioner re­cently re­ferred to them as “demons” on a com­mu­nity What­sApp group, while they were con­duct­ing their katha and jhunda prayer, and, for them, this was the last straw.

They have charged the man with in­tim­i­da­tion and in­tend on re­port­ing the in­ci­dent to the South African Hu­man Rights Com­mis­sion.

“Since 2013, when we moved into our rented home, he has tried to do ev­ery­thing in his power to bring our name into dis­re­pute,” said Ramdin.

The fa­ther of two said the man laid a charge of ha­rass­ment against him be­cause his dogs barked at him.

“In a sep­a­rate in­ci­dent, I was charged with at­tempted mur­der.

“He told the po­lice that I tried to run over him with my car but the case was thrown out of court be­cause on the day and time of the so-called in­ci­dent, we were else­where and we had video footage to prove this.”

Ramdin said that ear­lier this month, while his fam­ily was con­duct­ing their prayer on their prop­erty, the neigh­bour took to so­cial me­dia and re­ferred to them as “demons”.

POST has seen a screen­shot of the mes­sage, which reads: “Hi com­mu­nity… we all in need of real help against Niresh De­mon Us­ing Pa sys­tem n Ex­cess Loud Mu­sic N Dis­turb­ing The peace in the res­i­den­tial place.”

It con­tin­ues: “…its def­i­nitely il­le­gal all neigh­bours are up­set i do have a court order in my pos­ses­sion please no­tify at­tor­thies n have him ar­rested… i also have a war­rent in my pos­ses­sion Help Help Help ev­ery one avail­able drive down to (Niresh’s home ad­dress is pro­vided) with SAPS Ur­gent (sic).”

Ramdin de­scribed the neigh­bour’s com­ments as dis­re­spect­ful.

“He is a Hindu man him­self and shows no re­spect for our re­li­gion. We started our prayer at 1pm and played our bha­jans softly. There was no PA sys­tem and we had just un­der 20 guests. In no way were we caus­ing chaos. I have opened a case of ha­rass­ment against him and will re­port the in­ci­dent to the South African Hu­man Rights Com­mis­sion be­cause he is in­fring­ing on our right to prac­tice our re­li­gion.”

Ramdin said he could not un­der­stand why his fam­ily was be­ing tar­geted.

“He is ha­rass­ing us and de­fam­ing my name. I never did any­thing to him.”

Ap­proached for com­ment, all the neigh­bour would say was that it was a per­sonal mat­ter.

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