Msunduzi employee targeted?

2009-06-25 00:00

THE municipal employee who nearly lost all his possessions on Saturday night when his house in Helena Road was petrol-bombed may indeed have been victimised because of his job at the municipality.

Ajay Beharie works as a credit controller for the Msunduzi Municipality.

He and his family narrowly escaped death on Saturday night when unknown men petrol-bombed his home.

The house and assets totalling more than R1 million were burnt.

When The Witness spoke to Beharie on Sunday, he said he was baffled by the attack.

He said he is only a municipal employee and it is impossible that he has enemies who would want to kill him because of his position.

However, since the attack, allegations have been made that he was targeted mainly because of his job, which has made him unpopular with many people.

One of his neighbours, whose gate was recently bombed, is adamant that the bombers targeted his gate by mistake, saying Beharie was the intended victim.

The neighbour said he has no enemies who would want to destroy his home. “After seeing what happened to his house, I am more certain than ever that my gate was bombed by mistake; the bomb was actually meant for [Beharie’s] home.”

The neighbour said that although he does not know for certain why Beharie’s house was bombed, “it probably had something to do with that job of his at the municipality”.

Beharie confirmed that the bombing of his house has raised suspicions that it may be related to his job.

But he declined to say more, insisting that it is up to the municipal manager to elaborate.

Msunduzi municipal manager Rob Haswell described the bombing as a dastardly act that should concern the public.

“If this attack is related to his job, then it is a matter of grave public, and not just private, concern, as his job requires him to act without fear or favour. One trusts, therefore, that the perpetrators are swiftly brought to book.”

Police spokesman Senior Superintendent Henry Budhram said the case is still being investigated and that no one has been arrested.

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