Foreigners murdered in bloody attack

2007-12-31 00:00

TWO Malawian men died in a violent bloodbath when they were stabbed in the early hours of yesterday morning during an attack on their home in the city centre.

A number of unknown men forced their way into the house in Queen Street between 11 pm and midnight, apparently with the intention of robbing the residents.

The men first tapped on the window, asking to be let in, but when they were told to come back in the morning, they broke down the front door.

Police spokeswoman Inspector Joey Jeevan said that while the door was being broken down, the terrified men tried to hide, but in no time the allegedly Zulu-speaking gang sought their victims out and attacked them.

Jeevan said Steven Malijani (37) was found tied hand and foot with rope on a bed. He had been stabbed three times in the chest.

Moses Mudu Peri (45) was found outside on the grass near the rear gate of the premises. He had also been stabbed several times.

Two other men were also in the house: Henry Mulira (45) was stabbed in the arm, while Liford Moses (28) managed to escape the attack by hiding in an unused toilet.

Jeevan said the attackers ransacked the premises, stealing a television set, two DVD players, two radios and CDs.

No arrests have been made.

The victims’ friend, Anderson John, who knew them in Malawi, said their compatriots were shocked by the deaths.

When The Witness visited the bloody scene of the crime, about 20 people had gathered to plan the men’s funeral, which will take place today.

“We suspect that the people who did this knew the victims and that they killed them to avoid being identified,” said John.

He said the Malawians have not previously had trouble in Pietermaritzburg, despite occasional arrests, which he described as nothing out of the ordinary.

Witness reporters found a knife, which appeared to be stained with blood, and was broken at the tip, outside the house and reported this to police, who had left the scene.

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