Three in court over PMB hijacking and businessman’s murder

2010-10-26 00:00

THREE men appeared briefly in the Pietermaritzburg Magistrate’s Court yesterday in connection with the robbery and murder of local businessman Kushendran Acharrie and a hijacking incident late last week.

Mondli Maphanga (23), Moreoa Molefe (21) and Nhlakanipho Majola were not asked to plead and the case was postponed for seven days for further investigation.

The Witness believes that one of the accused has made a statement to a magistrate in connection with the charges.

The men are charged with having shot dead Kushendran Acharrie in St Andrews Street on October 21, and of robbing him of cellphones, a handbag and a .45 pistol.

They are also charged with robbing Lema Abebe of his Toyota Corolla car at gunpoint later the same day.

Molefe is also charged with unlawful possession of Acharrie’s .45 pistol and two rounds of ammunition, which the police recovered during the course of the arrests.

According to Warrant Officer Joey Jeevan, Abebe was sitting in his car at the intersection of Langalibalele and Scott streets at about 5.35 pm when he was confronted by three men, two of whom had handguns.

He was forced out of the car and his cellphones were taken.

The hijackers got into his car and sped away.

Members of the Pietermaritzburg Project Team spotted the stolen car in Imbali and gave chase. They were joined by the dog unit.

During the chase the Corolla hit a kerb and was forced to stop. 

The occupants jumped out and fled in different directions.

Two men were arrested at the scene and the third man escaped.

Acting on information, police went to a house in Slangspruit (Unit 18 Imbali) later that night and arrested a third person.

They also recovered a .45 pistol, which was allegedly identified as the weapon stolen from Acharrie during the attack on him and his wife, Pratisha. The couple were about to leave their business premises, Kush Conversions, in St Andrews Street in the early hours of October 21 when they were attacked.

Acharrie was well known in the city, both as a businessman and a passionate drag racer.

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