Many questions linger about Majali’s death

2011-01-02 15:31

Sandile Majali’s friends and family are not convinced that he died of natural causes in a posh Sandton hotel on Boxing Day.

Soon after his death, many from his inner circle immediately ruled out suicide as a cause.

They have alluded, too, to the fact that he had been suffering from respiratory problems which “appeared suddenly” a few weeks ago, and they have appointed an ­independent forensic pathologist to run toxicological tests on medicines found in his room.

There was an underlining feeling at the memorial service for the controversial businessman on Thursday that Majali might not have died of natural causes.

“The family has taken the view that nothing is ruled out. Actually they would welcome an inquest into his death,” John Ngcebetsha, Majali’s attorney and spokesperson for the Majali family, told City Press.

Meanwhile, the police are also still waiting for the results of forensic tests to determine whether any foul play may have been involved in Majali’s death.

Ngcebetsha said the businessman had undergone medical treatment for five days at a clinic for his respiratory problems prior to staying in the Quatermain Premier Boutique Hotel for two weeks before his death.

Well-known advocate Dumisa Ntsebeza, a close friend of Majali, told mourners at the memorial service that on Friday December 10 he had dinner with Majali, and they discussed the possibility of getting his bail ­conditions relaxed as he wanted to travel to Eastern Cape for Christmas. During the dinner, however, ­Majali changed his mind and told Ntsebeza he no longer wished to travel because he was “busy with a big deal” in Johannesburg. ­

Ntsebeza did not say what the deal was.

Correctional Services Deputy Minister Ngoako Ramatlhodi also added his doubts.

“Speaking on behalf of his friends and comrades, we want to express the hope that he indeed died of natural cause.

At this early stage all we can say is that only time will tell if he, too, was martyred like his father,” he said, referring to Majali’s father, who had apparently been killed.

According to Ngcebetsha, Majali spent Christmas with his three children, Phillip (28), Princess (25) and Ayanda (20) and his girlfriend, “Lwazi”.

Majali and his wife, Alice, are separated.


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