Details of a strained relationship between Jibraeel Mohideen and his father Ashraf Tajoodeen Mohideen were laid bare in Jibraeel’s confession before the Pietermaritzburg High Court on Wednesday.
In a six page confession Mohideen spoke of the frequent arguments and disagreements he and his father had and that he was often ridiculed and belittled by his father.
“He projected being a loving father in public but in private he was a bully who constantly ridiculed and belittled me. He reviled me for my lack of intelligence and criticised my appearance, friends, lifestyle – in fact virtually everything I did was never good enough for him.”
“He maintained that I was useless and a disappointment to him and indeed, I did feel worthless in his presence,” said Jibraeel.
Promising to take care of his mentally challenged twin sister when his mother died of cancer in 2011, Jibraeel said he and his father also disagreed over his (Ashraf’s) treatment of his sister.
“He used to sedate her to keep her tractable and I took issue with his drugging her to control her,” he said.
Discovering that his father had an extra-marital affair while his mother was ill led to a further break-down in their relationship.
“I perceived his infidelity as a betrayal of my mother when she was most vulnerable and when I confronted him about this, he was unrepentant,” said Jibraeel.
Working in the business, Lee’s Auto Sales, with his father, Jibraeel said he never earned a salary although his father covered his expenses of about R4000 per month. He said when he noticed that the business was running at a loss and that his father was frivolously spending the income, instead of ploughing it back into the business, they had argued over the matter.
“As a result of my previous issues with my father, I had tried to run away but he found me and forced me to return home. I was financially dependent on him and had no alternative but to do as he ordered,” said Jibraeel.
The last straw, he said, came after his father’s refusal to accept that he had married a non-Muslim and did not allow them to live together.
It was then that the family’s domestic worker and Jibraeel conspired to kill him.
“Emily told me she could arrange to have my father killed after I said it would be better if I did not have a father. I thought about what she said and I found the thought of being in control of my own life compelling enough to agree with her proposal,” he said.
He said he asked to meet with those who could make it possible and later met with a Joshua Nxumalo in January 2016 at Selgro Centre in the CBD.
“Joshua and I discussed killing my father and we eventually agreed that he would kill my father in exchange for R30 000 which I was to pay in instalments,” said Jibraeel.
On the day of the murder, Jibraeel met Joshua and another accused (Mtshali) who was to assist with the killing and then parted ways. Later that day he received news of his father’s death and arrived at his home to find his father’s throat had been slit.
“I knew that Joshua and Mtshali had killed my father as per my agreement with Joshua,” he said.
A few days later he paid Mchunu R10 000 but was then wracked with guilt and owned up to his involvement in his father’s murder.