Tears for dad who died in botched hi­jack­ing

Post - - NEWS - CHAR­LENE SOMDUTH

KELLY Chetty was a de­voted father and hus­band who al­ways did ev­ery­thing in his power to pro­tect his fam­ily.

On Thurs­day af­ter­noon, the 40-year-old was mur­dered in a botched hi­jack­ing on Um­lang­hane Road, Avoca, try­ing to pro­tect his 12-year-old daugh­ter and 9-year-old son from the clutches of crim­i­nals.

Chetty, who owned KSS Lo­gis­tics, had stopped his VW Golf at the side of the road to buy veg­eta­bles when the fam­ily was ac­costed by rob­bers who at­tempted to hi­jack his ve­hi­cle.

When he did not give in to their de­mands, they shot him and fled the scene in an­other ve­hi­cle they had hi­jacked.

But swift work by po­lice saw the sus­pects be­ing traced to the KwaMashu Hos­tel on Fri­day. Two were killed in a shoot-out with po­lice.

The third suspect fled the scene, but was later ar­rested at a clinic in KwaMashu where he had sought treatment for his gun­shot wounds.

On Tues­day morn­ing, com­mu­nity mem­bers took to North Coast Road to stage a plac­ard demon­stra­tion against crime in the area and in mem­ory of Chetty.

Charles Naidoo, chair­per­son of the Red­hill and Avoca Civic As­so­ci­a­tion, said res­i­dents needed to be more alert to crime.

“We can no longer be vic­tims of these bru­tal and vi­o­lent killings. We need to mo­bilise as a com­mu­nity and take a stand against crime,” he said.

“We must not sit back and just be vic­tims. We can­not be robbed of good men like Kelly.”

Mourn­ers packed the Clare Es­tate Cre­ma­to­rium on Satur­day to pay tear­ful final re­spects to Chetty.

“He would never al­low any­thing or any­one to harm his wife and chil­dren,” said one. “They were the ap­ple of his eye. We are shocked at what is hap­pen­ing in our city, near our homes where we ought to be safe.”

An­other mourner said Chetty’s death had left him dev­as­tated.

“Kelly was a good man. He did not de­serve to die in such a bru­tal man­ner. Po­lice killed two sus­pects and ar­rested the third. This was swift ac­tion on their part but does it end the cy­cle of vi­o­lent crimes?

“What this coun­try needs is the death penalty.

“The govern­ment with po­lice need to show crim­i­nals that these crimes, petty or se­ri­ous, will not be tol­er­ated in this coun­try any more.”

PIC­TURE: ZANELE ZULU

The funeral pro­ces­sion.

Res­i­dents take a stand against crime.

Father of two, Kelly Chetty.

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