Socialite lived in fear
Was her killer known to Northdale businesswoman Kavitha Nerputh?
DAYS before Pietermaritzburg businesswomanKavitha Nerputh was found strangled to death , locked in her luxury SUV at a secluded spot in AlexandraPark on Monday night , she feared for her life and that of her family.
Nerputh, from Stella Road , New holmes ,Northdale, who ran a herbalweight- losstea business at Camps Drift business park , and who had been embroiled in severalharassment and protection orders , had expressed her concerns about their safety over the weekend to her young adult children , A ryan a (19) and Junior (22)— both law students . “She was absolutelyscared on Sundayand very emotional . She had gone to the police on severaloccasions begging for more security and for them to take action on the protection orders he had obtained , but was ignored .“She just felt that we were not safe , that we were beings talked and that something was going to happen .“Alls he wanted was extra protection and she was never given that,”s aidan emotional Junior . An angry A ryan a who , together with Junior , was called to the scene to identify their mother’ s body on Monday night , said she was devastated over her mother’ s death.
“Wegaveherafewminutesandthencalled her but her cellphones wereswitched off. We checked her Whats-Appprofileandsawthatshewaslastonlineat4.17pmandat11.20am.Westartedreallypanicking.”
Theycalledhercontinuously,calledotherpeople,anddrovearoundinthearea before driving to the businesspremises.
“Junior and I jumped into the car andmade our way to the businesspremisesat Camps Drift . On our way there , wego tac all to say that she had been foundand we were needed at the scene toidentify her . She was all we had and nowshe is no more ,” said Aryana.
A family spokesperson , who did notwant to be named , said the family hadbeen torn apart with the harassmentcourt matters .
“It’ s been extremely str es sful.Kav it ha and her family have been throughso much . They have been on tenterhooksas they know and have experienced that they were beings talked .“It’ s heart-breaking to think that she was killed in such a sense less manner ,” said the spokesperson . N er puth’ s elderlyparents said they were distraught over her callous death , describing her as their “everything ”.“She was a lovingperson who gave her all to those around her . She was our everything .“Our world sr evolvedaround each other . We lived for he rands he lived for us and her children ,” said herm other , Mrs Mac ( who didn’ t want to reveal her first name ). Not wanting to speculate on circumstancesaround her death , her mother said Nerputh had not involved them with the details of all the court cases.
“While we are aware of whatbasicallyhappening, we didn’t know the finer details. Kavitha, as always, didn’twant anything totroubleus.
“She told us what shethoughtweneededtoknowsothatwewouldn’tbetooconcernedabout things. Sheconfidedinhertwoelderchildren,”saidthemother.
She said, however,thatwhileshedidnotwantto blame anyone, they hadtheirsuspicions.
“I don’t want to mentionnames,butwhoeverwashellbenton destroying her andmakingherlifeamisery,ultimatelygotwhattheywanted.AndtheirjusticewillbeservedbyGod.WeleaveitinHishands,”saidthemother.
KZN police spokesperson ColonelThembeka Mbele said the AlexandraRoadpolicewereinvestigatingacaseofmurder.“Itissuspectedthatthe41year-oldwomanwasstrangledasshewasfoundinsidethevehiclewherealldoorswerelocked.Thepolicebrokethebackwindowofthevehicletoremovethebody,”saidMbele.
MembersoftheSAPSdogunitwerepatrollingtheareaonthelook-outforanothervehiclewhentheycameacrossNerputh’s lifeless body in her lockedcar. It is believed Nerputh was withsomeoneknowntoherasnothingbesideshercellphonesandcarkeysweretaken.AsourcesaidthatwhoeverhadleftherinthecaronMondaynight,hadlockedthecarinawaythatmeantthedoorscouldnotbeopenedatall.
She just felt that we were not safe, that we were being stalked and that something was going to happen. All she wanted was extra protection and she was never given that.
THE news of Kavitha Nerputh’s (pictured) tragic death sent shockwaves through the community of Pietermaritzburg as The Witness broke the story on our Facebook page.
Many expressed their shock and sent condolences to her family and friends.
Rani Dukhanti said: “I’m totally shattered by this news! Dearest Kavitha, always so positive and upbeat, despite everything. How could such a heinous thing be done to you. You were so filled with wonderful dreams for your future! RIP sweetheart. A wonderful soul, gone too soon.”
Said Seetha Gopal: “Such devastating shocking news. A beautiful soul and a model mum, my heart breaks for her parents and kids. What a heinous crime, hope our below-average SAPS don’t fluff this one up too.”
Kwanele Mkhize said: “The saddest thing is that SAPS will keep on investigating until people forget about the incident. This has to stop! Our government need to do something. The rate of women being murdered is drastically increasing and all we get from the government are just silly campaigns of violence against women ...” Donna-Leigh Roux said: “Such terrible news … May this case not go unsolved and may her killers be brought to justice!!!”
“Alexandra Park is no more a beautiful relaxing place to visit. We used to go to the outdoor gym after my husband had his stroke, but not anymore. It is an unsafe place for anyone. I won’t even take a shortcut drive through there,” said Colette van Loggerenberg.
Sharda Pillay said: “RIP dear friend. I will always remember the sweet, kind, gentle and compassionate woman l knew. Gone in such a cruel manner. God be with your children.”
Rhoda Rughbeer said: “Condolences to Her family. Junior, Ariyana, Zia, Nani and Uncle, my heart bleeds for you. May God be your strength during this heart-breaking time.”
Said Coetzee Pather: “Wow. Shocking to what extent people will go to. But technology will catch the culprit. Cell phone video footages will assist the police in tracking that culprit. Condolences to the family.”
Leandra Naidoo said: “Once again children lose a mother. This sick world is creating a generation of motherless children. Nothing can replace a mother’s love and protection.”
“Devastating news, all because a lady is successful and the light in our family. Violence against women and children must end now. Praying for Justice to prevail,” Shirlene Neerputh said.
Chantal Magdalene Moodley said: “Woke up to devastating news. The pain and anger I feel right now is indescribable. A wonderful mother and daughter and friend gone to soon.”
And Kuvendran Cunnan said: “Aunty Kavitha always helped me better myself in so many ways, she was rare and a real gem. She will always live on in my heart.”
Pietermaritzburg businesswoman Kavitha Nerputh was found strangled to death, locked in her luxury SUV at a secluded spot in Alexandra Park on Monday night.