'Kind' British doctor shot dead on holiday in South Africa is named and pictured

The British doctor who was shot dead after taking a wrong turn in South Africa has now been named and pictured.

Kar Hao Teoh, 40, was on holiday with his wife Sara and two-year-old son Hugo when his car ended up in the township of Nyanga, in Cape Town, last Thursday.

He was approached by a gang and shot in the head while he was sitting in the passenger seat, police said.

Two other passengers and an infant were also in the vehicle – they were taken to hospital for medical treatment.

Kar Hao worked at the Princess Alexandra Hospital in Harlow, Essex, as a consultant trauma and orthopaedic surgeon.

The hospital said in a statement: ‘He was a well-respected member of the team, valued colleague and friend to many across the hospital as well as in regional, national and international trauma and orthopaedic networks.’

The British Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society said the ‘sudden and tragic death… has shocked all of us’.

Their tribute said: ‘He was remembered by colleagues past and present as a kind, gentle person, a dedicated and talented surgeon and a rising star of the foot and ankle world who had already made a big impact in the British and European Foot and Ankle Societies.

‘He has worked in Scotland, England and Wales and has left fond memories with people in all corners of the country. He leaves a wife and a two-year-old son.

‘Our heartfelt sympathies and condolences go out to them all.’

Kar Hao’s death is one of five which have taken place during a week of violent protests which have erupted throughout Cape Town.

The city’s minibus taxi drivers have been on strike against a recent crackdown on crimes such as driving without a licence or registration plates.

They claim local authorities are unfairly targetting them, impounding their vehicles for offences other drivers would only be fined for.

But the city’s mayor Geordin Hill-Lewis has defended the campaign, saying it is an effort to make commuting safer for many people who use taxis to get around.

On top of the five deaths, the unrest has seen arson, stone-throwing, road blockades and looting.

The main union involved, the South African National Taxi Council (Santaco), has denied its members are behind the violence and officially called for an end to it on Sunday.

Since the news of the tragedy broke, many of Kar Hao’s loved ones have have posted about their loss online.

Surgeon Bedri Karaismailoglu wrote: ‘The unexpected passing of my close friend has left me deeply shaken.’

Danny Wong said: ‘Kar Hao’s last few messages to me were pictures of his safari trip, a picture of some crocodiles and elephants in the marsh. And also some pictures of the outdoor cooker he bought so his in-laws could have a wet kitchen to cook in. We talked about how he could install an awning outside in his garden so the cooker could be used outdoors in the shade.’

More than £25,000 has already been pledged to a fundraising page set up to help support his young family.

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