Hus­band may not at­tend wife’s fi­nal jour­ney


AT­TEMPTED mur­der vic­tim Lo­gie Pil­lay, 69, today might not be able to bid fi­nal farewell to his wife, Gona, 63, who died when they were at­tacked by four men at their home in Sil­ver­glen, Chatsworth, on Wed­nes­day.

The fu­neral ser­vice for the re­tired South­lands Sec­ondary School prin­ci­pal will be held at the Scd­ifa Hall in Sil­ver­glen, be­fore she will be cre­mated at the Clare Es­tate Cre­ma­to­rium this afternoon.

Lo­gie, who is re­cov­er­ing at a Dur­ban hos­pi­tal from stab wounds, learnt about his wife’s death only on Fri­day af­ter the fam­ily sought the as­sis­tance of a psy­chol­o­gist and health pro­fes­sion­als.

Lo­gie’s brother, Charma Pil­lay, yes­ter­day told the Sun­day Tri­bune the fam­ily was dev­as­tated and still in a state of dis­be­lief.

“He’s go­ing to be okay, but he has to be in hos­pi­tal for a bit longer, maybe a week. We wanted him to be there for the morn­ing prayers but the hos­pi­tal may not al­low him a pass-out. We, there­fore, can­not risk bring­ing him home for the fu­neral rit­u­als and then re-ad­mit­ting him as his con­di­tion could de­te­ri­o­rate,” Charma said.

The Pil­lays, who were in the process of sell­ing their seven-bed­room house, were at­tacked by four men who en­tered their home pre­tend­ing to be po­ten­tial buy­ers.

It is al­leged that an es­tate agent from the Pam Gold­ing Prop­er­ties (PGP) of­fices in Amanz­im­toti phoned the Pil­lays ahead of the at­tack to say that “buy­ers” wanted to view their home.

Af­ter the stab­bing spree the sus­pects fled in the cou­ple’s lux­ury Mercedes-benz car which was later re­cov­ered in Um­bum­bulu, south of Dur­ban. Ac­cord­ing to SAPS spokesper­son, Cap­tain Nqo­bile Gwala, a 24-year-old sus­pect was ar­rested in con­nec­tion with the at­tack and was due to ap­pear at the Chatsworth Mag­is­trate’s Court on Tues­day.

“What is this world com­ing to… When you are try­ing to sell a house and some­thing like this hap­pens, can you ever trust es­tate agents again?” asked Charma.

PGP chief ex­ec­u­tive An­drew Gold­ing said: “We are shocked and deeply sad­dened at this ter­ri­ble news. Our deep­est con­do­lences will be ex­tended to the fam­ily, friends and com­mu­nity as­so­ci­ated with the vic­tims of this aw­ful event.”

Charma said Gona would be deeply missed, not only by her fam­ily, but by the en­tire com­mu­nity whom she was greatly in­volved with.

“She had so much love for her fam­ily, she was al­ways in­volved in our lives,” he said.

On so­cial me­dia, con­do­lences poured in from for­mer pupils and col­leagues of the mother of three who worked at Chatsworth-based South­lands for al­most three decades.

Selvie Soo­bra­money posted on Face­book: “I met her two months ago in a prayer goods store and we had a long chat about my boys. She was so ex­cited about their achieve­ments and she also said it was get­ting lonely with­out her chil­dren and she was go­ing up to Joburg. She was an amaz­ing per­son, some­one you could talk to. May her soul rest in peace.”

From Aus­tralia, Kre­sen Sa­muel posted: “May God’s peace and com­fort be with you, Loga. Please ac­cept our deep­est sym­pa­thy.”

Syd­ney Chetty said: “Rest in peace Mrs G.P. You ll not leave a mem­ory only but a legacy. Peace and peace and com­fort to the be­reaved fam­i­lies.”

South­lands prin­ci­pal, Daya Pil­lay, said the school was plan­ning a me­mo­rial ser­vice for Gona Pil­lay in early Oc­to­ber.

Slain re­tired prin­ci­pal Gona Pil­lay with her hus­band Lo­gie in hap­pier times. Lo­gie was crit­i­cally wounded in the at­tack on the cou­ple at their Sil­ver­glen home last week.

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