Fam­ily glad ac­cused’s trial will end soon

The Witness - - NEWS - KERUSHUN PIL­LAY • kerushun.pil­lay@wit­ness.co.za

PATSY NAIDOO Kavlin’s mother “It will be put to rest by [the an­niver­sary of Kavlin’s death] and we’ll have clo­sure.”

THE fam­ily of the Pi­eter­mar­itzburg man who was killed by a po­lice of­fi­cer in an al­leged “road rage” in­ci­dent say they are glad that the mat­ter is fi­nally to be put to rest.

Judg­ment is ex­pected in the trial of Tho­belani Khuzwayo, a for­mer po­lice of­fi­cer, next Wed­nes­day — a week be­fore the three­year an­niver­sary of Kavlin Naidoo’s death in hos­pi­tal from a gun­shot wound.

It is al­leged that Khuzwayo shot Naidoo (27) in the stom­ach in the CBD in 2014. Khuzwayo has said he fired the shot that struck Naidoo be­cause he be­lieved he was about to be­come the vic­tim of a hi­jack­ing.

In fi­nal ar­gu­ments yes­ter­day, the state said that Khuzwayo’s ver­sions of events dur­ing the trial changed “dras­ti­cally” from the ex­pla­na­tion he gave when he pleaded, and that his story was “fraught with in­con­sis­ten­cies”.

Khuzwayo faces a charge of mur­der and one of de­feat­ing the ends of jus­tice, for al­legedly open­ing a false case of rob­bery.

Khuzwayo, who de­liv­ered his own clos­ing ar­gu­ments after his ad­vo­cate, Brad Os­borne, with­drew from the case on Wed­nes­day, termed the charge of de­feat­ing the ends of jus­tice “a dis­grace”. He said the state did not prove this charge against him be­yond rea­son­able doubt.

He dis­puted the ac­counts given by state wit­nesses about what hap­pened.

Naidoo’s mother, Patsy, said she is happy judg­ment is not far way.

“The an­niver­sary of his [Kavlin’s] death is Novem­ber 22. It will be put to rest by then and we’ll have clo­sure.”

Kavlin’s aunt, Kamla, said he was an af­fa­ble man who lived life to the fullest.

PHOTO: KERUSHUN PIL­LAY

The par­ents of Kavlin Naidoo, Patsy and Dev, are glad the mat­ter will be over soon.

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