Top PMB businessmen trade punches in accountant’s boardroom

2015-11-21 10:30
Morar and a lawyer try to break up the two, but they continue hitting each other before one falls to the floor while the other continues beating him.

Morar and a lawyer try to break up the two, but they continue hitting each other before one falls to the floor while the other continues beating him. (Supplied)

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Pietermaritzburg  - Two prominent Pietermaritzburg businessmen have been caught on camera in a fist fight that took place in a local accountant’s boardroom recently.

The video of Shaukat Moosa, of Q-Pet, a liquid packaging company, engaged in a heated fight with his cousin Rafiq Osman has been doing the rounds on social media and among the local business community.

The CCTV footage of what occurred in the boardroom of accountants Morar Incorporated on September 1 was leaked to Weekend Witness this week.

It is unclear why the scuffle happened; however, a source close to the two high-profile businessmen said they met behind closed doors to discuss a sensitive business transaction. The meeting was being chaired by prominent Pietermaritzburg accountant Roshan Morar and was held at his offices.

In the video, it appears that the cousins were seated close to one another at a boardroom table, along with Morar, an attorney and two other unidentified men. The cousins start arguing before one stands up and slaps the other.

This man retaliates by throwing a few slaps and then a punch, while Morar and an attorney acting for one of the cousins try to intervene.

One of the businessmen is dropped to the boardroom floor and repeatedly punched before the attorney pulls his assailant off and slams him into a corner. However, the man runs around the attorney and kicks the man on the floor.

The video, which has no sound, shows staff from Morar’s office running into the boardroom shortly thereafter. However, none of them assists the man on the ground because Morar is seen directing them out of the office.

When approached for comment, Moosa said the matter was with the police and he could not comment on the video.

“It is very embarrassing … [no] further comments,” said Moosa.

Morar also refused to comment, saying that the matter was confidential and would be handled by the police.

Osman said he had reported the matter to the police and opened a case of assault. He said he would not comment further as “the video speaks for itself”.

• kailene.pillay@witness.co.za

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