Durban – As we commemorate 16 Days of Activism for No Violence against Women and Children, a family mourns the loss of their 27-year-old daughter allegedly killed by her ex-boyfriend outside her workplace in Rossburgh in KwaZulu-Natal on Tuesday evening.
Annelene Pillay, a customer service controller at a shipping company, was shot five times, allegedly by her ex-boyfriend.
According to CCTV footage, the deceased is seen leaving her workplace and approaching her vehicle in the car park after clocking off her time, she notices a black car pull up and is immediately alarmed. As she runs up the staircase, the suspect fires five shots through the gap of the staircase rail from where she falls and he flees the scene.
According to a family representative, the deceased was frequently stalked, harassed and threatened with murder.
In the 10 years of courtship, Pillay lived in fear. She faced murder threats, physical abuse, and emotional trauma and was forced to financially support him. The accused was unemployed.
According to Marcello Roderick, friend to deceased, the accused was possessive, jealous and was in control of Pillay’s finances.
“He had a split personality. He always wanted to have the last say. He threatened any guy that spoke to Anna, even her closest friends. He had psychotic tendencies. He didn’t want her leaving the house. She was scared to leave him,” said Roderick.
It is known that Pillay spoke to her mother and sister 15 minutes prior to her death. She told her sister how scared she was of her ex-boyfriend and sensed he could be around her workplace.