Durban – “Mummy, I am scared. He is calling Tracker for information on my whereabouts.”
These were Annelene Pillay’s last words to her mother, Charmaine Pillay, just minutes before she was gunned down outside her place of work, allegedly by a man known to her.
She apparently knew that her stalker, a jilted lover, was on his way there and tried to make a dash for safety.
CCTV footage of the brutal murder has gone viral on social media, and shows a black car pulling into the driveway as Annelene descends the staircase. A man jumps out of the car, runs under the staircase and opens fire.
Annelene died at the scene, yet another victim of abuse and violence against women in South Africa.
A 31-year-old man was charged with murder and appeared in the Durban Magistrate’s Court on Thursday. He was remanded and is scheduled to appear again tomorrow.
Recalling the tragic events, her tearful mother said Annelene had known that something bad was going to happen to her.
She said minutes after the call from her daughter, she received a call from police saying her daughter was involved in an accident.
“As we drove into the parking area, the first thing I saw was the foil covering her body and I broke down,” she said. “I knew he came after her.”
She said Annelene had dated the suspect for about 10 years, having met him through mutual friends.
“The first time Annelene broke up with him was three years into their relationship because he had hit her, but a few months later they got back together. We told her to be careful and she reassured us that she was fine.”
Naidu said that, about six months ago, her sister mustered the courage to leave him for good.
“Those six months were the happiest of her life, but even though they were not together he would still try to contact her. She even changed her number but he managed to get it.”
Naidu described her sister as a young, vibrant woman who did not deserve to die.
Police spokesman Captain Nqobile Gwala said the shooting was still being investigated.