Manjoo taught his family to love not hate

Farad Manjoo (right), who was killed last week, pictured with his daughter, Thashni Manjoo.

An emotional Thashni Manjoo, the daughter of slain Farad Manjoo, said while she was devastated over her father’s murder, she would follow his advice and “let go of hate” towards his killer.
“I knew his heart better than anyone else. He would want to protect a person. He taught me that death is a part of life and I know that my dad would not want me to be negative and be filled with hatred,” she said.
Manjoo (57) was shot and killed on Friday evening in an alleged altercation over parking at the corner of Pietermaritz and Peter Kerchoff when Manjoo was dropping of a friend. Manjoo was shot once in the chest.
Bongani Mncwabe (33) has since been arrested and remanded in custody pending a bail application. He appeared briefly in the Pietermaritzburg Regional Court on Monday after handing himself over and will appear in court on July 13 again.
Mncwabe’s attorney, Phumlani Fakude, said that his client should receive bail as he handed himself over.
“My client handed himself over to the police and even pinpointed the location of the incident,” said Fakude.
State prosecutor Rene Padayachee said the state was not satisfied with a few matters surrounding the case.
Described as people’s person, Manjoo was the first person of colour to join the old Midlands Club and be officially selected in a provincial snooker team. He was a quality assurance engineer, author and ardent fisherman.
Manjoo spent the last few months of his life at the Rack & Roll Sports Bar where he did what he loved the most: play snooker and cook for people. He was also mentoring two young men at the time.
Thashni said her father was known as the “big cuddly teddy bear.”
“I live in Johannesburg and we would talk every second day or five times in one day. He loved video calling and he was a person who loved people unconditionally. He loved them so much that each person thought they were loved the most by him. He gave the most amazing hugs. Whenever we went shopping, there would be a whole lot of people greeting him and he literally knew a gazillion people. He loved people regardless of their age, race, gender or their circumstance,” said Thashni.
Growing up, she said, she would always win first prize for her assignments because of her father’s assistance.
“He was a great teacher, and he would teach me step by step on how to make my projects. He would not make the project but he would help. That is how I would always get first place. My dad lived and died a hero. They have taken a father away from his child. I am an only child but he was a father to many. He is not here in the physical form but he will be with me in spirit forever,” said Thashni.
Peter Wickam, a close friend, remembered Manjoo for his zest for life. Wickham said he had time for everyone and had a great sense of humour.
“He was always there to lend a hand or an ear and offered great advice. He loved his daughter Thashni. He had a wicked sense of humour and he was a practical joker of note. He was also a great fisherman and the author of a book called So you want to fish. He loved to cook and dedicated a section of the book to recipes for the fish he taught one how to catch earlier on in the book. He was very proud that each and every illustration in the book was drawn by him. True friends like him are once in a lifetime. I have many fond memories of epic nonsense we got up to. One thing about Farhad is that he was deeply respectful of others, loved life, and deeply loved his family and circle. He always had a cheery comment and shared advice. We shared a very special bond,” said Wickam.

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