DURBAN: Notorious Shallcross drug-lord Yaganathan Pillay aka ‘Teddy Mafia’ and his wife Susan are reeling in shock following the death of their son, Devendren Pillay (42).
The couple’s son and a female bystander were gunned down in a deadly drive-by shooting in Shallcross, south of Durban on Thursday evening. Early reports indicate that a white Toyota Corolla with approximately 7 occupants – using a rifle and handguns – opened fire. The female was shot in the chest once and died instantly, while Pillay’s son sustained 3 bullet wounds to the abdomen.
Emergency services transported the victim to Chatsmed Garden Hospital where he died shortly thereafter.
Chaos at Chatsmed Garden Hospital
There are reports of chaotic scenes at the hospital after the tragic death of couple. The public have been advised to avoid the hospital while police deal with the situation while investigations are underway.
The kingpin ‘Teddy Mafia‘ has been the subject of various police investigations and raids in the past few years. In 2016, Pillay was arrested after he was allegedly found in possession of about R1.8m worth of drugs and various firearms, including a Beretta 6.35 pistol and a home-made gun.
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Chaotic scenes from a raid where community members rallied to protect ‘Mafia Teddy’ at his Shallcross residence in 2019.
More than 20 police vehicles and a large contingent of police officers descended on Table Mountain Road in Shallcross and a police helicopter hovered above to monitor the situation. A section of the road had been cordoned off while a large number of police stood on the other side. It is alleged that a 300-strong group stoned police cars and somehow managed to steal a police R5 rifle.
This could not be immediately verified by the police.
It was also reported that R5m worth of drugs were found in his home during a police raid in January 2013.
Correction: our first story reflected that Pillay’s wife was killed, the error is regretted.
Source inputs: TimesLIVE