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The Sydenham Community Police Forum has urged hijack victims not to put up a fight against their attackers.
The forum’s spokesman, Satish Dhupelia, said on Tuesday: “When your life is in danger, it’s better to hand over the keys.”
He was commenting on the killing of Shaber Asmall, 52, who was gunned down in an attempted hijacking in Moses Kotane (Sparks) Road on Monday night.
Dhupelia said bystanders at the scene had told him Asmall had been reluctant to hand over the keys, had tried to fight the three men, and they had shot him.
“I would like to urge (people) not to put up a fight when they are being hijacked, because your life is more important.”
Asmall’s funeral was held at the Al Hilal Cemetery in Morningside on Tuesday.
His cousin, who did not want to give her name, described him as a loving person to his family.
“His parents are in their eighties and he took care of them and supported them well,” she said.
Asmall worked for Huletts Sugar.
Police spokesman Thulani Zwane said Asmall had gone to the Mohammedeya Musjid Mosque on Monday night to pray. He was on his way back to his car in Moses Kotane (Sparks) Road about 9pm when three men tried to hijack his car.
“The men shot him in the head, and he died later in Nu-Shifa Hospital, in Sydenham,” Zwane said.
He added that the three men got into a minibus taxi as the police arrived and a car chase ensued. The taxi crashed into a lamp-post and the men then got out and fled.
A woman, believed to be the girlfriend of one of the hijackers, was taken in for questioning by the police.
Zwane said charges of murder and attempted car hijacking were being investigated by the Sydenham police.
Asmall’s cousin said he was survived by his two children, who were at university, his wife and his parents. - The Mercury