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Kar Hao Teoh, 40, was shot at point-blank range after making a wrong turn into the town of Nyanga while driving from Cape Town airport with his wife and two-year-old son last week.Teoh, who was born in Singapore but a British national, was one of five killed in violence during a taxi drivers’ strike, which spiraled out of control after local authorities began seizing protesters’ cars.Community worker Dumisani Qwebe told The Sun how he was shocked to discover Mr Teoh lying inside his rental car, with a bullet lodged in his skull.The doors were wide open so he could see inside. Both the windshield and the driver’s window were shattered by the gunfire and the driver was slumped over in the front passenger seat.”Several shots had been fired and it appeared that one had hit him in the head.”
He went on to state that he saw Mr. Teoh’s family huddled nearby, frozen with the trauma of seeing him shot in front of them. Mr Qwebe said: ‘I could see that everyone was very traumatised.They were still shaking and the police were trying to calm them down. They did not appear injured, but they had bloodstains on their clothing.The victim, who lived in Bishop’s Stortford, Hertfordshire, and worked at the NHS Princess Alexandra Hospital in Harlow, was awarded a number of international fellowships for his work as a trauma and orthopedic consultant.Two years ago, Mr. Teoh won the Presidential Award at the European Foot and Ankle Society conference in Lyon for his research on the treatment of ankle fractures.He also worked privately for MSK Doctors, and his close friend and colleague Professor Paul Lee shared a moving tribute online.
Professor Lee said: “It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of our esteemed colleague and dear friend, Mr. Kar Teoh, a respected trauma and orthopedic consultant who left us too soon on August 3, 2023.’Mr. Teoh was more than a triple board certified specialist in foot and ankle trauma and surgery. He was a guiding light to our professional community, a devoted friend, and the cornerstone of many important projects.’Kar’s commitment to medical excellence was recognized in several prestigious international traveling fellowships (BOA, BOFAS, AO, SICOT, EFORT, IBRA), and he was an ardent advocate of undergraduate and postgraduate research and education.“However, professional praise from him only paints part of the picture. For those of us who were privileged to call him a friend and colleague, Kar was a dependable and steadfast presence.’He was instrumental in the establishment and success of WelshBone in 2007, MSK Doctors in 2017 and the MSK Regen conference in 2023.
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Kar Hao Teoh was 40 years old.
Tributes paid to British surgeon killed during protests in Cape Town
In each of these initiatives, Kar offered his unwavering support and played a critical role in his success. The loss of Mr. Kar Teoh leaves a void in our hearts and in our community.’His professional dedication was unmatched, but it was his personal warmth, his commitment to friendship and his unwavering support that we will remember most fondly.”Our deepest condolences extend to his family and loved ones during this difficult time.”Professor Lee added that an email address was also created for people to share memories, saying it was important for “future generations” and “for Kar’s two-year-old son, making sure he grows up with a vivid image of the incredible person his father was’.A Just Giving page set up in memory of Mr Teoh with a target of £50,000 has already raised over £25,000.His cousin Sancy Low wrote on Facebook: “He had a great sense of humor and would have wanted things to be light and uncomplicated.”
A police spokesman confirmed that the British doctor had died after walking into a violent scene amid ongoing taxi strikes.’From the airport he apparently took a wrong turn and headed towards Nyanga.’In Ntlangano Crescent, several suspects approached his vehicle, shot and killed him. No arrests yet.Since last week, angry activists connected to South Africa’s influential private taxi industry have thrown rocks at cars and buses and set some on fire.It came after a new city law gave local authorities the power to impound vehicles for driving without a license or license plates, and without wearing a seatbelt.The national taxi union has said its members are not instigating the violence and others are using the strike as an excuse to launch their own protests, while bosses of tourists bosses fear the angry confrontations are discouraging holidaymakers from visiting the country.
The South African national taxi council called for action after it failed to reach an agreement with local government over the law.A Foreign Office official in London confirmed they were supporting the family of a British man who had died in South Africa and advised Britons to be alert in the country.Nyanga is one of the most dangerous places in South Africa, with 74 people murdered there every day.Western Cape province, which includes Cape Town, has taken a tough stance on the unregulated minibus taxi industry known for bad driving and dangerous vehicles.Millions of workers and schoolchildren have been forced to stay at home. Deliveries of food have been interrupted.Geordin Hill-Lewis, Cape Town’s mayor, said he would stand firm against the sector.’In Cape Town, violence will never be tolerated as a negotiating tactic. We reiterate our call on SANTACO [the taxi union] to return peacefully to the negotiation table,’ he said.