Belgate grandfather murdered by workers

2016-01-07 06:00
Nagaroo (Ronnie) Moonsamy who was tragically murdered last week. Photo: supplied

Nagaroo (Ronnie) Moonsamy who was tragically murdered last week. Photo: supplied

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A BELGATE father of four, Nagaroo (Ronnie) Moonsamy was murdered by two men at Belfrost Primary School on 30 December 2015.

The two men, aged 17 and 25, were arrested on 31 December 2015 by Tongaat SAPS and the Umhlali K9 Unit.

Moonsamy, a 65-year-old businessman from Tongaat, had hired the men the day before his murder to clear grass at the school where the church, which he is an elder in, used a room for church gatherings.

His daughter, Jaulynn Pillay said her father had seen the men on Sunday, 27 December carrying grass cutting machinery and had hired them to clear the grass the next day.

She said her father was a kind-hearted and hardworking man and had worked the day with the men clearing the grass.

“My mum made lunch and my dad took the lunch and something to drink which he ate with them,” said Pillay.

Pillay said on Tuesday evening they contacted him and said they left something in the classroom and asked Moonsamy to meet them and open the room so they can retrieve it.

Pillay said her father went to meet the men, but did not return home.

His family, locally and abroad, contacted the SAPS and Reaction Unit South Africa out of concern for his whereabouts and a missing persons report was opened that night.

Provincial SAPS communications spokesperson Major Thulani Zwane said a search was conducted and Moonsamy was found the next morning at the school with stab wounds on his neck.

“It is suspected he was also strangled as well as he had [strangulation] marks on the neck,” said Zwane.

Zwane said his bakkie was found abandoned a few kilometers from the school while Moonsamy’s cellphone was recovered during the arrest.

Pillay described her father as a loving and religious person who loved his family and community dearly.

“My father loved helping others and every week he would feed children at Gwalas farm and in December he would give hampers to the poor,” said Pillay.

“He was a very humble person, a devoted father and husband who always wanted to help others in any way he could.”

Moonsamy ran an armature winding business in Truroland which he started 30 years ago.

“My father was a hard worker and started everything from scratch from our veranda,” said Pillay.

“We miss him so much already. Our family home doesn’t feel the same without him.”

Pillay said the family is seeking justice.

Zwane said the two suspects have been charged for murder, robbery and theft of motor vehicle.

“They appeared in the Verulam Magistrate’s Court on [Monday] and were remanded into custody until 11 January for bail application,” said Zwane.

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