Former students of a Silverglen, Chatsworth school in the south of Durban‚ are in shock at the murder of their ex-principal during an armed robbery at her home.
Southlands Secondary School announced Mrs Gona Pillay’s death on its official Facebook page on Wednesday night.
Pillay’s husband who was also attacked during the brazen robbery was critical in hospital. It is believed the couple were brutally stabbed in their Silverglen home in Chatsworth after assuming that they visitors were intending to view their home that was for sale.
Andreas Mathios, spokesperson for Blue Security, said the men named a legitimate estate agent who worked for a reputable estate agency.
Mathios said Gona Pillay was stabbed numerous times in the neck and back. She died in the bathroom, while her husband, who was also stabbed, managed to crawl to the panic button and call for help.
“ER24 paramedics arrived at the scene and transported him to hospital in a critical condition where he is fighting for his life,” Mathios said. The gang manage to make off with items from the house, including the couple’s silver grey Mercedes Benz.
DA MP Haniff Hoosen‚ a former Southlands Secondary pupil‚ wrote on Facebook that Pillay and husband were “callously butchered by unknown persons pretending to be interested in buying their home”.
“I spent most of my childhood years being taught by this dedicated and caring educator who gave her entire life to the education of children‚” he said.
“She knew that our society and country will only change if its children were better educated and well equipped with good old-fashioned family values. How ironic it is‚ that a person who spent her entire life instilling good values in our society‚ was robbed of her life by people who could care less for those very values that she so strictly enforced‚” he said.
Source: Facebook, TimesLIVE