Sewram co-accused at odds

2015-08-25 10:10
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EX-POLICEMAN Brian Treasurer and his co-accused Mfaniseni Nxumalo are at odds about what happened the night Pietermaritzburg doctor Bhavish Sewram was shot dead outside his ­surgery on May 13, 2013.

Treasurer, who is represented by ­attorney Bob Bahadur, vehemently denied in the high court yesterday that he was hired by local businessman Rajivee Soni to arrange the doctor’s murder.

Treasurer said he had no knowledge of anyone being shot that night, had not hired anyone to carry out the murder and had not provided the gunman with a ­firearm to do so.

However, Nxumalo said Treasurer had asked him just two days before the doctor was murdered if he “would be able to kill someone”.

And on the night the doctor was ­murdered, he saw Treasurer handing a gun to Sabelo Dlamini, who took it and “disappeared from view”.

Shortly after, three gunshots rang out and Dlamini returned to the car, ­running.

Treasurer and Nxumalo both pleaded not guilty before Judge Anton van Zyl yesterday to charges of murdering ­Sewram and to the unlawful possession of the gun the state has linked to the killing.

The gun was allegedly found in Nxumalo’s possession when he was arrested on June 30, 2013.

In a statement read out in court by legal aid advocate Di Franklin, Nxumalo said he had been helping Treasurer “fix a crèche” near his home at the time.

Treasurer gave him a gun to “protect” the crèche, but fetched the weapon about three weeks ­before Sewram’s murder, he said.

On May 11, 2013, Treasurer asked if he “would be able to kill someone”.

“I said I had never done so and I never would,” said Nxumalo.

Two days later Treasurer arrived in his car with Dlamini. The men appeared to be “good friends”.

Nxumalo said he knew Dlamini who had previously worked for him in his grass-cutting business. “I fired Dlamini,” he added.

Treasurer told him to ­accompany them to Raisethorpe to draw money (R2 500) he owed Nxumalo for painting the crèche.

“To my surprise, we did not go to withdraw my money,” he said.

Instead, Treasurer drove to an intersection at Khan Road where he drew out the gun, cocked it and handed it to Dlamini, who then disappeared.

He heard three gunshots and soon after Dlamini came back, running.

They drove off and Dlamini told Treasurer that he had “shot ­someone”.

According to Nxumalo, ­Treasurer asked him if he still wanted to go and draw money, but as he was “shocked and ­traumatised”, he said they could go the following day.

Nxumalo alleged that later that day he took Dlamini and Treasurer to a sangoma, at their request.

The following Friday, Treasurer paid him for the painting job. But to his ­surprise, a firearm fell out when he ­emptied the bag to count his money.

He said he unsuccessfully telephoned Treasurer repeatedly to fetch the gun, which was why police found it at his house.

State advocate Johan du Toit told the judge the state would call around 23 witnesses to prove Treasurer and Nxumalo’s involvement in Sewram’s murder.

The state alleges the doctor was ­murdered because he was suspected of “having an affair or inappropriate ­contact” with someone’s wife.

He said the prosecution would prove that Nxumalo was approached by Treasurer to find someone to kill Sewram.

Two of those approached to carry out the murder would give evidence.

Du Toit said the evidence would show that Treasurer drove the gunman, ­Sabelo Dlamini, and Nxumalo to Khan Road on the night of the murder. He parked at Fusion Lounge above Chota Motala Road, where Sewram’s surgery was.

“If you go into Fusion Lounge, there is a deck from where you can look down at the surgery,” he said.

Du Toit said evidence would show that Dlamini and Nxumalo left Treasurer at the car while they went down a path to Chota Motala Road. Dlamini fired three shots at Sewram as he prepared to get into his car outside the surgery.

Treasurer allegedly later paid Dlamini R12 000.

The case is proceeding.
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