The family of a man who was allegedly assaulted after he lost control of his vehicle and rammed a forklift in Piet Retief Road, in Queensburgh on Monday, 4 March, are appealing for witnesses to come forward.

69-year-old Shan Naicker, who was a cardiac patient with diabetes and high blood pressure, died at St Augustine’s Hospital on Thursday, 6 March following the incident.

Speaking to The Chatsworth Tabloid, the victim’s nephew, Leven Naicker said that his uncle was on his way to the Umbilo Temple in Cato Manor when the accident occurred. “From the footage I had seen, it was evident that my uncle had lost control of his vehicle and crashed at a Caltex garage. The vehicle hit an ATM and rolled partially back into the road and hit a forklift.The driver of the forklift ran towards the bakkie, pulled my uncle out and beat him up. He held him by his collar, walked him across the road and threw him on to the verge,” he said. Naicker said the man walked back to the bakkie and moved it off the road before returning to his uncle for a second time, at which point he beat him up again.

“A member of the public tried to intervene and stop him, but he punched him in the head and in his face. When paramedics assessed my uncle, he was already in a coma. My family is devastated and still in shock.” Naicker appealed to witnesses to come forward with any information, pictures or videos of the incident that would allow his family to get some closure. Naicker said the family had opened up a case against the man who had beaten his uncle.

” We are currently awaiting a statement from the accused. We appeal for people to come forward and help us,” he said. Police spokesperson, Lieutenant-Colonel Thulani Zwane said a case of common assault had been opened at Malvern police station after they received information that a man had allegedly been assaulted after he was involved in a crash.

“He died in hospital. An inquest was opened for further investigation,” said Zwane.