‘It was definitely a hit’

2019-03-31 12:16
Shane Patchay.

Shane Patchay.

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Described as the “kingpin of Pietermaritzburg’s dark underworld of drugs” by several police officers, former Eastwood Cash Money Brothers gangster Shane Patchay was shot execution-style outside his home on Thursday night.

Patchay had pulled up to his driveway in Patrys Road in Eastwood after football training with his social soccer club, Re-United, when the gunmen struck.

Police sources have said that two unknown gunmen were waiting in Patchay’s driveway when he arrived home at around 10 pm on Thursday.

The gunmen reportedly shot Patchay twice in the head and twice in the chest before making their escape.

Neighbours, who asked not to be named, said they were sitting inside their house when they heard four gunshots ring out. “They sounded so close. We went outside and saw Shane’s car parked in the driveway, the driver’s door was open and his body was lying on the floor [outside the car]. We didn’t see anything else, it was dark,” said the neighbour.

His son declined to speak to Weekend Witness on Friday. 

Several police officers who cannot be named said the shooting appeared to be a hit and may be gang-related.

One said Patchay was known as a drug dealer among police but that there was never enough evidence to arrest him. “It was definitely a hit and there will be more coming. He was a kingpin in the drug world and he had a lot of enemies.”

He said lots of officers expected the hit could be coming.

Another police officer said that Patchay was a drug kingpin in Pietermaritzburg. “When Patchay was with the Cash Money Brothers, he was the most ruthless of them all. He was still big in the drug world at the time of his death but he always operated very carefully so he was never caught. He had a lot of runners coming and doing the work for him. Patchay was the man who dealt out punishment to those he thought needed it.”

KwaZulu-Natal police spokesperson Lieutenant-Colonel Thulani Zwane said a case of murder has been opened at the Mountain Rise police station. “No arrests have been made and the matter is still under investigation,” he said.

Sketchy history with the law

ALTHOUGH Patchay was well-known in the Eastwood community for his generosity towards others in need and his social soccer club, he also had a sketchy history with the law.

An article published by The Witness in 2010 stated that Patchay was employed as a peace officer for Msunduzi Municipality’s planning section and did not disclose his criminal record to the municipality when applying for the job. Patchay’s criminal career started in the early 1990s when he was found guilty of theft in 1990. Patchay was also a member of the Cash Money Brothers as well as the bodyguard of the infamous slain warlord, Sifiso Nkabinde.

Nkabinde held Richmond in an iron grip of terror until he was killed in January 1999.

Patchay was charged with the murder of five ANC members, including two councillors, in July 1997. The order for the murders allegedly came from Nkabinde, who was expelled by the ANC. Patchay was acquitted of the charges in May 1998. However, by July 1998 he was again in court with two alleged members of the Cash Money Brothers on charges of murder, illegal possession of a firearm and ammunition for the alleged killing of Eastwood resident Andrew Joseph in 1996.

The hearing started while Patchay was in jail awaiting trial in connection with the Richmond killings. He was acquitted.

In 2003 he was charged with the attempted murder of Garth Donnelly. The charges were later withdrawn. By 2005 he was charged with the murder of Kevin Johnson who was gunned down in Tarantaal Road near to where Patchay lived, but charges were later dropped due to insufficient evidence. He told the courts at the time that he was unemployed, but had acquired a minibus which he used to transport children to school.

‘He was an open book’

A heartbroken friend who asked not to be named told Weekend Witness, “I heard about Shane long before I had met him.

“I heard all the wild stories, I imagined him to be this wild gangster who just lost his head and turned over tables, I imagined gold chains and sketchy women hanging off him, but I’ll never forget the day I actually met him, the most humble, soft-spoken man, towering over the world but still down to earth and so easy to speak to.

“He was an open book, we spoke for hours, he was so comfortable to be around and just felt like he was family.

“And Shane was so respected, everywhere he went people would come greet him, it wasn’t the kind of respect that fear brought, but the kind of respect you get when you are good to people, he wasn’t just a friend to his friends, he was a brother. When someone had a problem, they go to Shane to help sort it out ... He protected the people he cared about, and always had an ear to listen to what someone was going through,” said the friend.

Tributes pour in for Patchay

Soccial media posts mourning the death of Patchay were plastered all over his Facebook wall on Friday.

Friends and family took to the page to pay their respects and share special memories of Patchay.

Kyle Devon Cole posted on Patchay’s Facebook timeline: “Rest in peace, my brother, my friend, CMB (Cash Money Brothers) for life. Rest in power”.

Tenille Gilbert‎ posted: “After hearing these horrible news last night [Thursday night], I decided to go to bed. When I woke up, I hoped it was all a dream and then I come on Facebook only to realise it’s not. I always thought you were one of those people who would outlive everyone. You’re going to be missed by a lot of people. Rest in peace Patchay. You’re with the other original members now.”

Cameron Greaves posted: “I just saw you last night at the soccer grounds making jokes and telling me how you are coming to watch Young Lions play rugby.

“I’ll cherish all the jokes and times we had together. Rest well Rods.”

Genevieve Van Der Westhuizen posted: “I’m not sure I’ve processed it all just yet. One of the happiest feelings is walking into Saki and seeing you, towering above everyone else ...

It’s been an honour to have you call me your sister.”

 

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