Man tells of killing doctor

2015-09-01 10:29
Sabelo Dlamini at an earlier court appearance.

Sabelo Dlamini at an earlier court appearance. (File)

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THE hitman who shot dead Pietermaritzburg doctor Bhavish Sewram in May 2013 said yesterday he had been frightened at the prospect of shooting the doctor, but former policeman Brian Treasurer kept on telling him to “relax”.

Immediately after the shooting, Treasurer allegedly telephoned someone and told them the “job has been done”.

Sabelo Dlamini (32), who is serving a 25-year jail sentence after pleading guilty to shooting Sewram, gave evidence yesterday against Treasurer and Mfaniseni Nxumalo, who are on trial for their alleged roles in the murder.

The state alleges that Treasurer hired Nxumalo and Dlamini on the orders of local businessman Rajivee Soni, who wanted the doctor dead because he suspected him of having an affair with his wife.

Treasurer and Nxumalo have pleaded not guilty before Judge Anton van Zyl.

Dlamini yesterday testified that it was Nxumalo who asked him to shoot the doctor, saying the doctor had not paid him for cutting his grass.

Dlamini was “not keen”, but promised to think about it

The next day when he returned home at about 6 pm, Nxumalo called him and told him to “rush” to his residence. He found a maroon car parked there, driven by Treasurer.

Nxumalo told him to get in, and introduced him to Treasurer as “the man who is going to do the job”.

“Brian Treasurer asked me whether or not I am brave and I said, ‘Yes, I am brave’,” said Dlamini.

He said he “got a little fright” when Nxumalo took out a firearm and handed it to Treasurer, because he realised that what Nxumalo had said about killing the doctor was true.

“Brian Treasurer saw that I was frightened … He advised me to relax,” he said. “After that he promised money. I enquired how much … he indicated to me … R12 000.”

Dlamini said he had “objected” to the amount, but Treasurer and Nxumalo “pleaded” with him, saying he alone would get all of the money.

He said Treasurer drove to the doctor’s surgery and pointed to it.

“He indicated to me that when he [Sewram] knocks off, I would notice a light will be switched off. When the light switches off, the person who exits the door will be the deceased [Sewram].”

Treasurer told him he should cross the road once the light went off. “He added that I must shoot him [the doctor] before he gets into the vehicle.”

Treasurer also gave a “thorough explanation” of what the doctor looked like, describing him as tall and well-built.

The ex-policeman handed Dlamini a cocked firearm and dropped him and Nxumalo off opposite the surgery. He then drove off, saying he did not want to be seen in the area.

“I was busy with my cellphone when Nxumalo touched me and said, ‘There is the light being switched off’.”

Dlamini said a woman came out of the surgery first, followed by a man who locked the door. He realised this was the person he had to shoot.

Both got into a vehicle outside the surgery.

“I rushed across. Nxumalo was telling me to move fast before the vehicle pulls off.”

Dlamini said he had the gun in the pocket of his hooded jacket. He moved alongside the vehicle. Directly opposite the driver’s window he took out the firearm and pulled the trigger, firing three shots.

After the shooting he “rushed” behind Nxumalo along a footpath to where Treasurer was waiting for them in his car.

After driving off, Treasurer made a tele­phone call to an unknown person to inform them the “job was already done”.

Dlamini said Treasurer drove to an informal settlement and dropped them off, but said he would come back immediately as he was going to fetch money.

He later returned with the money, which he handed to Nxumalo, who in turn gave it to Dlamini.

Dlamini said he later counted the R100 notes and it totalled R12 000.

The case is proceeding

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