Mom dead, son miss­ing

Post - - FRONT PAGE - CHANELLE LUTCHMAN

MO­MENTS af­ter Thanalatch­mee Du­ru­gan’s de­com­pos­ing body was re­trieved from a dam at Sil­ver­glen Na­ture Re­serve on Mon­day, her neigh­bour dis­closed that her (Du­ru­gan’s) son had given her R20 000 “in case any­thing hap­pened to his mother”.

Du­ru­gan, 68, had been miss­ing since last Thurs­day along with her son, Sa­gren Pil­lay, 46. He has still not been found.

Po­lice spokesper­son, Thulani Zwane, said it ap­peared Du­ru­gan had been mur­dered and her body thrown into the dam.

The neigh­bour, who did not want to be named, said Pil­lay had given her R20 000 at the end of Novem­ber and told her it was for his mother’s fu­neral.

“When he came with the money we were shocked. How­ever, I was not sus­pi­cious be­cause he cared for his mother.”

Pil­lay’s aban­doned Toy­ota Corolla was found parked at the Na­ture Re­serve.

The ve­hi­cle was traced by po­lice. They went to his home, where neigh­bours told them Pil­lay and his mother had not been seen for days.

In an in­ter­view with East Coast ra­dio, Du­ru­gan’s daugh­ter Ko­gie Reddy said her hus­band went to her mother’s house on Thurs­day.

“He hooted for them but no one came out. I found out af­ter 6pm that no one was at the house. My brother’s phone just rang and my mother’s walker and wheel­chair was at home. I need some an­swers...”

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