Crime update: murder of Pietermaritzburg gynae Sabera Bhamjee still unsolved

2008-06-02 00:00

Two years after the brutal murder of Pietermaritzburg gynaecologist Sabera Bhamjee at St Anne’s Medical Centre, the mystery remains unsolved.

On Friday, June 2, 2006 during lunchtime, the doctor was stabbed 60 times in her consulting room at the Burger Street centre.

She was found by her receptionist when she returned from lunch.

People who arrived on the scene early said blood was everywhere in the room, a sign that the doctor put up a brave fight to fend off the attacker. She was treated in her rooms before she was taken to intensive care at the hospital. She was reported dead after 6 pm, barely half an hour after her husband arrived at her bedside from Cape Town, where he was an MP at the time.

Police have indicated that the investigation has reached a deadlock.

“We are hitting a brick wall in this investigation,” said SAPS spokesman Senior Superintendent Henry Budhram.

An earlier reward offer of R100 000 for information failed to produce any positive results.

Several suspects were questioned last year and the police followed some promising leads that eventually fell away when DNA samples did not match.

However, her widowed husband, Yusuf Bhamjee, recently appointed as uMgungundlovu District Municipality mayor, remains hopeful and continues to have confidence in the police. Bhamjee recently told The Witness that he has not yet given up hope in the police investigation.

“I still remain optimistic that the investigating officer will solve the mystery surrounding the murder of my late wife,” he said.

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