Gory trail led to arrests

2009-07-30 00:00

GORY clues have led to the arrest of four of the six men wanted for the murder and aggravated robbery of Greytown businessman Mohammed Sayed (35), who was found shot dead in his bed with a gun between his legs on the night of June 1.

The leads that led to the arrests were described by the investigating officer, Inspector Swami Pillay, who is opposing bail for the three men in the Pietermaritzburg regional court yesterday.

Pillay gave the court a graphic account of the signs of the shoot-out in Sayed’s bedroom and ransacking of his house.

Two trails of blood led from his bedroom through his house into York Street where, it seems, two wounded men got into getaway cars.

A few hours after the shoot-out Mandla Majola, dressed in a police uniform, was taken to Durban’s Addington hospital where he died.

The men who took him there lied to Addington staff that Majola was wounded in a shooting in Russell Street, Durban.

At Addington, Majola was accompanied by men in two cars believed to have been the getaway cars in Greytown.

One of the getaway cars, which was saturated in blood, was burned in kwaDebeka cemetery, apparently to destroy clues.

Records of cellphone calls made by some of the accused showed collaboration and where they were at certain times.

An accomplice has agreed to testify for the state.

Pillay said one of the bail applicants, Mondli Zuma, has “come clean” and given information. Sayed’s house was kept under investigation during the planning stage.

The other accused, all from Durban, are Sifiso Mazibuko and Simphiwe Cebekhulu. A fourth suspect, Thokozani Mzila, did not apply for bail yesterday.

Pillay said that, in addition to the charge of murdering Sayed, the accused will also be charged for the murder of Majola on the basis of common purpose and that the men, who had handguns, must have anticipated that they could meet resis­tance, but nevertheless proceeded with their crimes.

Regional magistrate T.N. Mncube will give judgment on August 5.

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