Shallcross resident Pathmanathan “Nathan” Ganas, shot dead by hijackers after he leapt to protect his wife, was a hero, says his devastated brother.

Ganas, 41, an electrician, was shot during an attempted robbery in his driveway last Thursday night.

He had rushed to the aid of his wife Denise, who was accosted outside their home by a group of men wearing balaclavas.

“The robbers saw my brother’s company vehicle in the yard and assumed it belonged to him,” said his brother, Dhayalan.

“They approached Denise and threatened her for the keys. My brother heard the commotion and came outside with his firearm. The men immediately opened fire on him and a shoot-out ensued.”

He said Ganas was shot multiple times in the abdomen and his 10-year-old daughter Carmen, who was asleep in her bedroom, was grazed by a bullet.

“The men fled the scene leaving with nothing. Friends and neighbours rushed my brother to the hospital where he died.”

Describing his brother as a hero, Dhayalan said he wanted justice.

“Shallcross is not what it used to be. Residents are getting attacked almost every day,” he said. “Something needs to be done. My brother was a hard worker and a humble person and he was robbed of his life.”

Dhayalan said the family was rallying together to support Denise, Carmen and his nephew Jayden.

“We are appealing to anyone who has information that could lead to an arrest to inform police and assist with their investigations.”


Police spokesman Lieutenant-Colonel Thulani Zwane said a case of murder was being investigated