Metered taxi owner murdered

2016-11-23 06:00
The recovered vehicle that Pillay used as a metered taxi. Photo: supplied

The recovered vehicle that Pillay used as a metered taxi. Photo: supplied

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THE search for KwaDukuza metered taxi owner Jayaram Pillay ended in tragedy when his body was found in the sugarcane fields in Nonoti on Saturday.

Fifty-two-year-old Pillay, who operated from the parking lot of a local supermarket, was missing from Wednesday last week.
Extensive searching by his family revealed that he was last seen in a local butchery with “strange men”.
According to KZN SAPS spokesperson Lieutenant Colonel Thulani Zwane a missing person docket was opened at KwaDukuza police for further investigation.
“A search for the missing person was conducted on Thursday and Friday by the KwaDukuza SAPS, Umhlali K9 Unit and members of a local security agency.”

On Saturday, three suspects between the ages of 18 and 48 were arrested.
“The investigations led the team to eThembeni area where the vehicle of the deceased was sold. The suspects were placed under arrest for carjacking, murder and for receiving stolen property.

“The body of the deceased was also recovered at Nonoti sugarcane fields where he was dumped by the suspects. He sustained stab wounds to the chest. Two suspects were charged with murder and carjacking while the other was charged with receiving stolen property.”

The suspects appeared in the KwaDukuza Magistrate’s Court for charges of murder, carjacking and for receiving stolen property on Monday and were remanded in custody.

A close family member said Pillay’s wife and children are devastated by the senseless killing.

“He was a peaceful man and he was known all around KwaDukuza for his jovial personality and helpful nature. All we want now is justice to be served. We cannot understand or come to terms with why anyone would want to harm Uncle Jay.”

Pillay’s funeral was held yesterday at his home and proceeded to the Glenhills Community Hall before concluding at the KwaDukuza Crematorium.

He leaves behind his wife, son, daughter and a host of family and friends.

The incident is the second of it’s kind in as many months in KwaDukuza.

In early October, 20-year-old metered taxi cab owner from Indian Village, Darius Narsinuloo, was found dead near a river in Mvoti.

He also operated out of the same parking lot as Pillay.

However, police have not confirmed if the incidents are related.


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