‘Bargain’ deal ends in tragedy

2011-08-11 00:00

WHEN best friends Sebastian Chetty and Kevin Naidoo were approached with a proposition to buy a flat-screen television, little did they realise they were walking into a death trap.

The two were apparently approached by two men on Monday near their homes in Welbedacht, Chatsworth. SA Police Service spokesperson Lieutenant Colonel Danelia Veldhuizen said the two are known ex-convicts who were released after serving sentences for murder.

“The suspects were released from Westville Prison last year and are known to police and the community, so arrests are imminent,” said Veldhuizen.

After being informed of the “bargain” the friends went to the suspects’ house that night and were robbed and murdered with a sword.

The sword was similar to ones on sale at the recent Chatsworth Fair, said Veldhuizen.

“The victims sustained multiple stab wounds and were stripped of all their valuables,” she added.

Chetty (21) was found outside the house by his family, after Naidoo’s wife raised the alarm when they didn’t return home. Veldhuizen said police search-and-rescue teams were called because they could not find 25-year old Naidoo’s body.

The next morning his body was found 200 metres from where Chetty’s body had been recovered the night before.

Naidoo’s father, Pinky, said the families are struggling to come to terms with the murders and the “horrible way the two had died”.

“The door was locked when we got there, but the landlord said we could break in, and as we went in, we saw Sebastian’s body over the fence. We also saw Kevin’s bloodstained shoes,” he said.

Naidoo’s father said his other son stayed at the scene until daybreak to look for his brother.

“At daybreak police followed the trail of blood and found Kevin’s body in the grass, near a river,” he said.

A friend of Chetty, Bradley Chetty, described the two victims as hard- working, and added that, despite being unemployed, they managed to support their families by buying and selling goods or setting up stalls at flea markets.

“They just saw an opportunity to make a buck and went ahead. Life isn’t easy in Welbedacht so we do what we have to to stay and survive here,” he said.

Community activist and Inkatha Freedom Party provincial parliamentary member Les Govender said the poverty in the Welbedacht area is the reason that criminals find it easy pickings.

“The Welbedacht area consists of low-cost homes where most occupants are unemployed or lower-income earners.

“Due to the extreme poverty levels in Welbedacht there are seldom any security measures taken and the area often accommodates ex-convicts and often even fugitives who go about their crime within the area,” Govender said.

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