Durban – A PHOENIX family are appealing for help to find the person who killed their father
Father of two and a grandfather of six, Rodger Pillay died on Sunday after he was knocked down by a motorist, who then drove off.
Pillay, 55, was waiting for a minibus taxi on the Phoenix Highway at the Eastbury Drive intersection when a vehicle hit him at about 5.30am.
His son, Mason Pillay, said they spent Sunday searching for clues. Mason appealed to the public to come forward if they knew who might have knocked his father down.
Pillay worked as a tally clerk for Maritime Shipping Services.
According to his close friend and neighbour, Suren Karamchand, police had dialled the last number on Pillay’s phone to try to contact his family.
His work colleague answered and passed on the message to the family.
Mason said his father died in a brutal way.
“There were pieces of a car bumper everywhere. How can the person be called a human being if he does this and drives off as if nothing happened? There were no brake marks on the road. My main concern is that it must not become a cold case,” he said.
Mason said the family were in a state of shock and preparations were under way to have the funeral on Wednesday.
“My father was retiring. Sunday would have been his last day at work. My mother made some biscuits for him to celebrate with his colleagues.”
Karamchand said Pillay was a humble and hard-working person.
For Karamchand, his friend’s death brought up memories of the loss of his two sons Nikhiel, 17, and Threshen, 23, who died in a collision in the same vicinity while travelling to work on September 23, 2017.
Karamchand said the case remained unsolved.
Democratic Liberal Congress (DLC) councillor Patrick Pillay called for the community to remain calm and allow justice to take its course.
“People who show no respect for life must face the full might of the law. Too many innocent lives are lost due to hit-and-run accidents,” said Pillay.
Phoenix resident Joeline Govender said even though it was a national lockdown and the roads were almost empty, she still saw people speeding while she drove to and from work.
Police spokesperson Captain Nqobile Gwala said officers at the Phoenix police station were investigating a case of culpable homicide, failing to stop at an accident scene and failure to render assistance to an injured person.
Anyone with information is urged to contact SAPS Crime Stop on 0860010111.
Skeem Saam’s Koko Mantsha death dismissed as fake news
Koko Mantsha, the popular Skeem Saam character acto, real name, Lydia Mokgokoloshi is not dead.
Social media is awash with news of her death which seems to have been fuelled by fake news sites aiming to profit from unsuspecting lovers of the 80 year-old veteran actress.
Lydia Mokgokoloshi, has appeared in many television shows including Muvhango and Bophelo ke semphego.
Mokgokoloshi was born on 27 September 1939, in Polokwane, Polokwane Local Municipality, Capricorn District Municipality, Limpopo.
She is most famous for acting as Koko Mantsha the grandmother of Katlego Pietersen (Patrick Seleka) in the soap, Skeem Saam.
Tweets and reports that Mme Lydia Mokgokoloshi has passed are FALSE
Nkoko Mantsha, as she is affectionately known to Skeem Saam fans, is alive.
The FB page reporting this is NOT an SABC creates page. pic.twitter.com/mGcpWASpqf
— Kgopolo (@PhilMphela) July 24, 2021
Watch: Thulani Dlomo an alleged ‘Zuma spy’, hands himself in
Thulani Dlomo, the axed former SSA top spy and former SA ambassador to Japan has handed himself over to police on Friday.
Dlomo’s lawyer Philani Shangase said that he handed himself over at his own will at the Durban Central Police station on Friday.
He said Dlomo was not arrested but wanted to clear his name following media reports.
Dlomo was being interviewed by police officers at 17h00 on Friday.
“He has denied all wrong doing,” Shangase said.
Dlomo was suspected to be one of the instigators of the unrest in KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng.
This is a developing story.
Residents warned against consuming dead fish washing up at Umhlanga and Umdloti beaches – video
The eThekwini Municipality has sent out a warning to residents against collecting and consuming dead fish and crayfish that have washed up on the beaches of Umhlanga and Umdloti, north of Durban.
The public has been asked to refrain from fishing, surfing and swimming on the beaches after a video of the dead fish on the beaches emerged on social media.
The municipality said it was investigating what caused the marine life to die.
“It is considered serious and can affect one’s health if collected and consumed.”
According to reports, run-off water and chemicals reached the ocean through storm water drains after firefighters battled a blaze at a chemical plant at Cornubia started by looters on Tuesday.
“The public is advised to refrain from all recreational activities, including fishing or surfing, bait collection and picking up of dead species in this area,” said the municipality.
“Collecting or harvesting of any marine living resource in the area is temporarily prohibited until the cause is determined and the threat has abated.
“Authorities are investigating the source of the pollution and cleanup companies are trying to contain the spill.”
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