Cops, NPA, correctional services pass buck over missing murderer

2016-05-16 15:45


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Durban - It is anyone's guess where convicted murderer Rajiv Narandas could be. This while the police, the Department of Correctional Services and the National Prosecuting Authority pass the buck over who is responsible for his detention.

The whereabouts of the socialite, supposed to be serving a 15-year sentence for murder, remained unknown on Monday.

The self-proclaimed body builder was admitted to hospital last week on the eve of the date he was to report to prison to begin serving his sentence, after a petition to the Constitutional Court to overturn his conviction failed.

He was later discharged from hospital after an undisclosed medical procedure. 

With the three departments in the justice cluster all refusing to accept responsibility, there are fears that Narandas may skip the country.

On Monday, The Daily News reported that when Narandas appeared in court earlier this year on intimidation charges, the State went on record saying it was opposing bail in light of information it had received that he planned to skip the country.

Department of Correctional Services spokesperson Lucky Mthethwa was the first to close ranks.

"He is not our problem. I don't know where he is and he is not in our care at present. You need to speak to the NPA," he said.

NPA spokesperson Phindi Louw said that a warrant for his detention had been issued on Friday and referred all queries to the police who would affect his arrest.

"They need to try and find him now," she said.

Police spokesperson Colonel Lungelo Dlamini said that it was the NPA who needed to intervene.

"It is not our problem, speak to the NPA," he said. 

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