Cape Times

Family in shock as condolence­s pour in for Shaheed Omar, 44

- Dominic Adriaanse

CONDOLENCE­S continued pouring in to the family of Shaheed Omar, the nephew of anti-apartheid Struggle lawyer Dullah Omar, shot dead in his car on Thursday.

The Gatesville Mosque yesterday extended its support and condolence­s to the Omar family.

The funeral service for the 44-year-old investment specialist was held at the Mountview Mosque. He was buried at the Pooke Road cemetery.

Omar was shot and killed at the corner of Govan Mbeki Road and Jan Smuts Drive, on the way to his home in Mabel Road, Rylands Estate.

His death came less than a week after Dullah Omar’s widow, Farida, was honoured for her contributi­on to a free and just South Africa. She received the Masjidul-Quds Lifetime Community Service Award, presented by axed finance minister Pravin Gordhan.

Yesterday, Gatesville Mosque’s Sataar Parker said the Omars had been touched by the overwhelmi­ng support from their community: “I personally visited the family before prayers on Friday and they were still in shock following the deplorable act that took their family member… ” Police spokespers­on FC van Wyk said a murder investigat­ion was under way and no arrests had been made. Anyone with informatio­n is urged to contact Crime Stop 08600 10111 or the Lansdowne police at 021 700 9045.

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