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Johannesburg - If you ask anyone who had known Sadek Shaik to describe the man he was, they will tell you that he was a jolly, humble man who went out of his way to help anyone in need.
His wife Waheeda said that for the 15 years she had known her husband there wasn’t a day that would go by where he wouldn’t be smiling.
“He was such a happy and jolly person,” said Waheeda. “He would always be laughing, telling jokes and was always optimistic about life.”
On Wednesday, Shaik was tragically gunned down at his shop in Kagiso in the West Rand. About 20 armed men walked in to Shaik’s DIY store and shot him dead before fleeing with an undisclosed amount of money.
Shaik, 35, who lived in Azaadville, was shot twice by the gang who ran into his shop, and died on his way to Leratong Hospital in the West Rand. He took one shot to his chest and the other in his head.
This was not the first time that Shaik had been shot. In February, he was robbed at his shop and shot twice but survived the ordeal. His wife said that since then, she had feared for her husband’s life.
”I really worried about Sadek every time he walked out the door,” she said. “If he was five minutes late from work I would panic and call him frantically to see where he was. Sometimes he would get late at work and wouldn’t call me to let me know. I would get so mad with him.”
Waheeda said her worst fears were realised when she received a call from one of her husband’s colleagues saying that Sadek had been shot.
“I couldn’t believe that it had happened again,” she said.
“When I got into the ward, all I saw was that husband’s feet had been bound together and there was a cover over his head, that’s when my worst fears were realised.”
Waheeda said that her five-year-old daughter had comprehended everything that had happened. “She came and told me that she knew her daddy had passed away and comforted me by saying everything was going to be okay. Throughout the funeral, my daughter went to sleep because she said she didn’t want to see her father like that.”
Shaik was the chairman of the Azaadville Community Policing Forum.
”No matter what time of the night it was, Sadek would get out of bed and go and help out.”
Waheeda said that over the past few weeks she and Sadek stayed up until 2am chatting.
“Recently we had been sitting up and chatting about life and everything else. I’m so glad that I spent that extra time with him
… I have known Sadek for 15 years and we have been married for seven years, and it really has been a fairytale marriage.
“He was everything to me. As soon as he walked into our house and he smiled, the world was okay. Knowing that this will never happen again breaks my heart,” she said.
Waheeda added that she hadn’t had a night’s sleep since her husband died.
She said his death had been a loss not only for the family, but also for the Azaadville community.
One suspect appeared in court on Friday.