By Janice Pillay
The community of Silverglen in Chatsworth was left reeling following the murder of a former principal after a horrific attack by armed robbers who pretended to be property buyers on Wednesday night, 20 September.
Gona Pillay, 63, a former Southlands Secondary School principal was stabbed to death at her home. Her husband Logie who was also stabbed, is believed to be fighting for his life in hospital.
Blue Security community and media liaison officer, Andreas Mathios said the gang had approached the couple at their Silverglen Road home telling them that an estate agent had sent them to view their property, which is currently on the market. The incident occurred at around 7.15pm.
“The gang named a legitimate estate agent who works for a reputable estate agency and that’s what led to the couple letting down their guard and allowing the men into the home. They sat down and had an informal discussion with the couple about the property before the men revealed their true intentions and pulled out knives and attacked them.
“The woman was stabbed repeatedly in the back and the neck and died in the bathroom. Her husband was stabbed but managed to crawl to a 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,” said Mathios.
Mathios said it was unclear what was stolen from the property. The four suspects remain at large.
Chatsworth SAPS attended the scene of the crime.
Southlands Secondary posted this message on their Facebook Page;
“Tonight, the community of Southlands Secondary School – the management, staff and governing body – are shocked and saddened at the tragic passing of Mrs Gona Pillay, the previous Principal of Southlands Secondary School.Our thoughts and prayers are with their children, their family and their friends,” current principal Mr D Pillay said.
DA member of Parliment, Hanniff Hoosen stated, “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. She excelled in her years as an educator to becoming the Principal of Southlands Secondary School in Chatsworth. She knew that our society and country will only change if it’s 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. This incident, although not isolated, strengthens my belief that innocent civilians have to take more drastic steps to protect themselves and not rely solely on logical reasoning when their lives are in danger.”