Durban – Controversial Durban Islamic scholar and activist Yousuf Deedat, has succumbed to injuries sustained when he was shot in the head outside the Verulam family court on Wednesday.
Deedat died at St Anne’s Hospital in Pietermaritzburg on Friday afternoon.
“Mr Deedat was wounded on Wednesday when he was shot by an unknown gunman in Verulam. “He was airlifted to hospital where his condition was critical. His family and friends were at his bedside when he passed away peacefully,” his son Raees said in a statement.
The details of the funeral were being finalised.
Police are still searching for the shooter.
Deedat was shot by an unknown suspect who ran into a waiting car and fled the scene.
The Deedats family was well known for their open admission of their relationship with late infamous terrorist Osama Bin Laden.
Deedat’s views on Hinduism and Christianity also drew a lot of controversy from society.