Attorney shot dead in botched hijacking

A Silverglen family is reeling in shock and devastation after their attorney son, was shot dead in a botched hijacking at the Westcliff off-ramp on Sunday night while returning home from a wedding.

Mohamad Zubair Pathon (30) was fatally shot in the neck. His older brother, Yusuf Pathon (36) was also in the vehicle at the time and was also shot. He is in a critical condition. 

Distraught brother-in-law, Mohammed Riaz, told the Rising Sun that the Pathon family is devastated over the tragic news and prays that Yusuf will recover speedily.

Yusuf Pathon, brother of the deceased, is currently admitted to hospital and is in a critical condition.

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“We want the police to leave no stone unturned until my brother-in-law’s killers have been brought to justice. One killing is too many,” Riaz said. He told the Rising Sun that Mohamad was a kind-hearted man, who always put people first, before profits.

“During the month of Ramadan, he served his community with food. Charity was close to his heart. He was the type of attorney, who believed strongly in the preservation of justice. He was one, who never wanted to represent those on the wrong side of the law,” added Riaz.

Mohamad’s teary-eyed father said he lost a gem of a son, who was compassionate, kind, and honest, and who had all the qualities of a good human being.

Community leader, Saleem Adam, said, “The Pathon family are always selflessly serving the community in many ways and have always uplifted the poor. The deceased was a young, aspiring lawyer, and had much to offer society. He was always helping underprivileged and less fortunate members of the Silverglen Mosque and community. The community has been robbed of a community servant, killed in the prime of his life.”

According to information from the Chatsworth Crime Watch group, reports were received late on Sunday evening about an attempted hijacking. The vehicle was allegedly fired upon and two occupants of a white Mercedez Benz sustained gunshot injuries.

The communications officer of Chatsworth SAPS, Cpt Cheryl Pillay, commented that the incident occurred on Sunday, April 30 at about 10:30pm.

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“It is alleged that four occupants were travelling in their vehicle when another motor vehicle stopped alongside their vehicle and fired shots. The passenger was fatally wounded with the driver sustaining gunshot wounds. The two remaining passengers were uninjured,” she said.

She confirmed that Chatsworth police are investigating a case of murder and three cases of attempted murder. The motive is unknown at this stage and anyone, who may have witnessed the shooting, is urged to contact Chatsworth SAPS on 031 451-4267. Alternatively, contact Crime Stop on 08600-10111.

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