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Still No Justice-100 Days Later

Family members of Nadera, Nasinu, are still asking the same question 100 days after Ashneel Singh was killed on Suva’s Edinburgh Drive. Mr Singh died from injuries he suffered when
10 Jan 2016 11:52
Still No Justice-100 Days Later
Mother Aruna Devi (left) and brother,Shanon Singh and sister,Shivani Singh of dead road accident victim Ashneel Singh at their home in Nasinu near Nadawa yesterday. pic.....RAMA

Family members of Nadera, Nasinu, are still asking the same question 100 days after Ashneel Singh was killed on Suva’s Edinburgh Drive.

Mr Singh died from injuries he suffered when his car was hit by South African diplomat Theodorus Mostert’s vehicle in Suva on October 2, last year.

Mr Mostert was allegedly under the influence of alcohol. But he was not investigated because of his diplomatic immunity. He returned to South Africa. He can only be charged if the immunity is waived.

Mr Ashneel’s family members say they are living the nightmare of the saying “Justice delayed is justice denied.”
They say the crusade to see justice is done is beginning to feel like an elusive dream.

But Esala Nayasi, acting Permanent Secretary for Foreign Affairs, said they were in regular contact with the South African Government and Mr Singh’s family had been constantly updated. He said the last update was last Thursday.

“We cannot move until the South African government has finalised its internal processes. We have sent notes and there have been contacts at ministerial level. Our Foreign Affairs Minister Ratu Inoke Kubuabola met with his South African counterpart in Malta during CHOGM (Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting). Unless the South Africans come back to us we can’t proceed.”

Ashneel’s sister, Shivani Singh, said the family had made multiple requests for compensation to the officials at the South African High Commission in Suva. They were told to wait for a response from the South African headquarters in Pretoria but nothing had happened to date.

Partner of the late Ashneel, Janice Jyotika Prasad described their last day together as one of the saddest days ever of her life.

She said: “The person who is responsible for Ashneel’s death destroyed both our lives.

“Ashneel was one person who turned my frowns into smiles and I still love him and always will.”

Emotional mother Aruna Devi, 51, said: “It’s nearly four months now after my son passed away and we still miss him and we want justice.

“Life changed after he died and we find it so hard to accept that he has gone and will never return and we are living through each day with the help of our extended family.

“We we urge the Government to look into the matter and take some serious action.

“Ashneel was our only breadwinner but since his death nothing has been done and not even a single response to show that they cared.”

 

Edited by Naisa Koroi
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