Omar fam­ily mourn loss of Sha­heed in hi­jack­ing

Kin deny any po­lit­i­cal mo­ti­va­tion

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TRAGEDY has struck the Omar fam­ily.

They buried Sha­heed Omar, nephew of anti-apartheid Strug­gle leader Dul­lah Omar, yes­ter­day, af­ter he was shot dead at a busy in­ter­sec­tion in Lans­downe on Thurs­day night. Po­lice spokesper­son FC van Wyk said a mur­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion was un­der way. Sources close to the fam­ily said Omar, 44, and his mother, Subeida, were re­turn­ing from vis­it­ing a sick rel­a­tive on Thurs­day. At around 8.30pm he had slowed down at the cor­ner of Go­van Mbeki Road and Jan Smuts Drive, on the way to his home in Ma­bel Road, Ry­lands Es­tate, when he was ap­proached by a man in the go-slow area where road­works are un­der way.

Omar had opened the door of his car when the man fired shots at him. He was re­port­edly shot in the chest at point-blank range in front of his mother.

The fam­ily source said they did not be­lieve the shoot­ing was po­lit­i­cally mo­ti­vated, fol­low­ing the with­drawal of the Omar name from the ANC’s Cape Metro branch where the ANC Youth League had marched in sup­port of Pres­i­dent Ja­cob Zuma on Tues­day, dur­ing the mo­tion of no-con­fi­dence vote.

The fam­ily be­lieved the shoot­ing was crim­i­nally mo­ti­vated and that Omar had at­tempted to shield his mother by step­ping out of the car and try­ing to rea­son with the gun­man. The griev­ing fam­ily held his fu­neral ser­vice at the Mountview Mosque, presided over by prom­i­nent mem­bers of the Mus­lim Ju­di­cial Coun­cil (MJC).

Omar was buried at the Pooke Road ceme­tery.

Yes­ter­day, Omar’s col­leagues at Old Mu­tual, where he worked as an in­vest­ment spe­cial­ist, were in mourn­ing for a man many de­scribed as well-re­spected, well­liked, re­li­able and hard-work­ing.

Speak­ing on be­half of the Man­dela fam­ily, Chief Zwe­liv­elile Man­dle­sizwe Dal­ib­hunga Man­dela con­demned the mur­der which he said had greatly shocked and sad­dened them.

On be­half of the Royal House of Man­dela, the Mvezo Tra­di­tional Coun­cil, and his fam­ily, “we wish to con­vey our heart­felt con­do­lences to the Omar fam­ily”, he said.

“The killing fields of Cape Town are cause for great con­cern. We call on the South African Po­lice Ser­vice (SAPS) to work to­gether with their pro­vin­cial and lo­cal

Dul­lah Omar’s nephew, Sha­heed Omar, was shot and killed by hi­jack­ers at the cor­ner of Jan Smuts Drive and Go­van Mbeki Road.

Mandla Man­dela

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