Cops puzzled by businessman's murder

2013-04-15 10:15


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Durban - Police are said to be puzzled by the murder of KwaZulu-Natal used-car salesman Nazier Kolia, who was found shot dead in the back of his car.

He was staying with family in Gauteng and was last seen last Sunday leaving for the West Rand to collect money that was owed to him, reported the Saturday Star.

Kolia was a huge Liverpool FC soccer fan and was excited about his team’s game that afternoon. His wife, Rihana, expected him back for kick-off at 14:00.

But Kolia never arrived, and when he failed to answer his phone or respond to messages, she began to panic.

Kolia and his family were supposed to leave for Durban that day but instead they started looking for him. 


Kolia’s body was eventually found stuffed in the back of his silver Volvo station wagon, on a farm in Fochville. His cellphone had been smashed and was found next to his body. He was wearing a Liverpool shirt.

“The family is devastated, but trying to be strong for each other,” said close family friend Ziyaad Mayet. “It has come as a huge shock for all of us. He ran a successful business and everything was above board. He had no enemies. None of us can understand what went wrong.”

Mayet recalled his last conversation with his friend, when Kolia had said how excited he was about the Liverpool game. 

“He kept telling me how he couldn’t wait to watch the Liverpool game, as he had been looking forward to it for days.

"Nazier had been fanatical about Liverpool. He used to go overseas and watch them live whenever possible, so he really loved his team. He visited Anfield several times, and also went for all of Liverpool’s cup finals in recent years.”

Nazier was described as a warm and caring father and husband, who was also outgoing, fun-loving and generous.


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