Fam­ily in fear af­ter drive-by killing

Post - - FRONT PAGE - CHAR­LENE SOMDUTH

NICO Mun­samy, one of the sur­vivors of a drive-by shoot­ing in Veru­lam on Fri­day which claimed the life of his cousin, Nathaniel Naidoo, is liv­ing in fear.

Mun­samy, 25, who was driv­ing, was shot in the legs and Naidoo, also 25, in the head when they were fired upon in Riet River.

Naidoo, a waiter at the Oys­ter Box restau­rant in uMh­langa, died on the way to hos­pi­tal. Mun­samy has been dis­charged from hos­pi­tal and is re­cov­er­ing at home.

Three other pas­sen­gers – their aunt Michelle Mo­hamed, 36, cousin Fir­dos Mo­hamed, 26, and a fam­ily friend, es­caped un­harmed but are trau­ma­tised.

The shoot­ing is be­lieved to be linked to the taxi in­dus­try and com­pe­ti­tion on cer­tain routes. Their cousin, Candice Goven­der, said Mun­samy ran a lift club to uMh­langa us­ing his Mazda 3.

“It was around 6am and they were driv­ing along Neptune Drive when a white Fiat Uno drove up next to them and a suspect opened fire. Nico was shot in both his legs and Nathaniel was shot in the head. The other pas­sen­gers hid. Luck­ily they were un­harmed.”

Mun­samy then drove to the house of his friend, Zain Amod, who lived nearby.

Said Amod: “I was in­side my house and I heard a car hoot­ing out­side my home. I heard the pas­sen­gers scream­ing ‘help us, help us’. When I came out­side I saw Nico. His car was rid­dled with bul­lets. I asked him if he could move and he said no. The other man was very bad, he was bleed­ing, so I picked up Nico and car­ried him to the back of the car.”

Amod’s neigh­bours phoned the po­lice and an am­bu­lance but the min­utes ticked by.

“I re­alised it was a life-and­death sit­u­a­tion so I got into the ve­hi­cle and drove them to Mount Edge­combe Hos­pi­tal.”

Goven­der said the fam­ily were grate­ful to Amod for his help. She de­scribed Naidoo as a well-man­nered and re­spect­ful per­son who took care of his par­ents Dan, 53, and Rosy, 52.

“He was a mem­ber of his church wor­ship team and he played the gui­tar. Nathaniel was a beau­ti­ful soul who did not de­serve to die the way he did. He was the most hum­ble per­son and he would never harm any­one.”

Goven­der said the shoot­ing had been most traumatic for Mun­samy.

“Los­ing Nathaniel has left Nico shat­tered. They were very close. Nico can­not talk about what hap­pened as it’s too painful. This was no or­di­nary crime. It was not a hi­jack­ing or rob­bery but a driveby-shoot­ing or hit on his life. We are pray­ing the (at­tacker) is caught.”

Nathaniel was buried on Sun­day.

Po­lice spokesper­son Cap­tain Nqo­bile Gwala said a case of mur­der and at­tempted mur­der was be­ing in­ves­ti­gated.

MAIN PIC­TURE: SIBU­SISO NDLOVU

Zain Amod rushed to the aid of Nico Mun­samy, above right, who was wounded, and Nathaniel Naidoo, right, who was shot dead in an al­leged drive-by-shoot­ing on Fri­day. Mun­samy is re­cov­er­ing.

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