The family of Jeetendra Jaikissoon is looking to engage the services of a private pathologist to oversee the autopsy of the murder accused. This is according to Jaikissoon’s family lawyer, Chris Gounden.

He died in custody at a Durban hospital on Friday.

Jaikissoon and brothers Dylan and Ned Govender are facing charges of murder and attempted murder after a group of Phoenix residents allegedly attacked five unarmed men during July’s civil unrest.

Gounden says the family is still coming to terms with Jaikissoon’s death.

“Post mortem has not yet been done. The family is waiting to get a hold of a pathologist to assist or even oversee the post mortem. The family advised that they are also trying to arrange a private pathologist. They are of the view that it is possible that this might be covered up using a government pathologist to do the post mortem.”

Manoj Harrilall, Jaikissoon’s uncle speaks to SABC News:

Meanwhile, Gounden says once the cause of death is established the family will consider legal action.

“The first step, in order for them to take it, they would have to first obviously establish the cause of death of Mr. Jaikissoon. And then from there, they can take it up. But from face value, from what the other inmates were saying, that he has been sick from Wednesday and they refuse to give him, and they just gave him anti-biotic knowing that he suffers from hypertension and diabetes.”