Woman uses sex tape to extort

2015-12-16 10:16
Aruna Seebran is accused of extorting R155?000 out of a Pietermaritzburg businessman.

Aruna Seebran is accused of extorting R155?000 out of a Pietermaritzburg businessman. (Supplied)

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Pietermaritzburg - A wealthy Pietermaritzburg transport boss, under threat of having a sex tape sent to his wife by his mistress, allegedly coughed up over R150 000 to make it all go away.

It is a case that will likely play out with salacious details of blackmail, deception and sex involving a love affair between two transport bosses.

And Aruna Seebran, 41, from Hillary, Durban, who had been on the run from the law for nearly a year, also faces charges of stealing nearly R100 000 in jewellery and further fraud charges in Durban.

Seebran stands accused of extorting thousands of rands out of Deonarain “Rajen” Maharaj, the owner of the established Maharaj Coaches based in Willowton.

She was expected to appear in the Pietermaritzburg Magistrate’s Court on Tuesday, but was still in custody in Durban having appeared in Verulam on Monday for the jewellery charge. The matter was adjourned to January 8. Her first appearance was on December 8.

According to the charge sheet Seebran in “about June 2013” in Pietermaritzburg and just 12 months after her partner Devan Moonpanar had died, threatened “to show [Maharaj’s] wife video footage of him being intimate with the accused” forcing him to pay her R155 000.

In September 2013, a case was opened in Pietermaritzburg and a warrant for her arrest was issued earlier this year.

On December 2, the SAPS put out a statement pleading for information on the whereabouts of Seebran. The statement said they needed the public’s help to “locate a wanted person” who was facing a charge of extortion.

Maharaj was contacted but he referred all questions to his lawyer Rajeeth Mewalall.

“It is not in the interest of justice to comment in detail as the matter is sub-judice. Mr Maharaj is an upstanding businessman who has been a victim of extortion and he is pleased that justice is taking its course,” said Mewalall.

Business

Aruna Seebran is the registered owner of the Chatsworth-based Universal Coach Tours.

According to a source with knowledge of the transport industry, up until her partner’s death the business was a going concern operating one luxury coach and several standard buses.

The source said, however, that the business slumped after Devan Moonpanar’s death in 2012. Nevertheless the business was, at the time of going to print, still registered as “Active” with the Companies and Intellectual Properties Commission (CIPC).

The Witness tried contacting all the telephone numbers registered to Universal.

Those answering the phone said they did not know of the transport service.

According to a government notice and other publically available documents, in March 2015 Seebran’s home on Sarnia Road, Hillary, was auctioned by First National Bank and in 2014 the Durban Magistrate’s Court issued a default judgment against her for R400 for failing to pay the medical firm Lake, Smit and Partners which specialises in radiology.

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