Alex Mitchley
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18 Aug 2014
4:00 pm

Policeman, attorney arrested in KZN ‘murder conspiracy’

Alex Mitchley

An attorney, an advocate, a former police officer, two businessmen and a policeman are expected to in the Chatsworth Magistrates’ Court on Monday for the murder of Narend Anandrai.

The pair had been charged with stock theft. Photo: Supplied

Anandrai was shot and killed outside his house in Havenside, Chatsworth, KwaZulu-Natal in March 2014. He was shot several times whilst in his Mercedes Benz.

“During the shooting, Anandrai’s car burst into flames with him trapped inside, causing him to be burnt beyond recognition,” said Police spokesperson Solomon Makgale.

Police made their first breakthrough earlier in August when they arrested Gregory Pillay, a 37-year-old man from Chatsworth.  Pillay pleaded guilty to a charge of murder and was sentenced to 18 years imprisonment.

“It was determined that the motive for the killing of Anandrai was that he lent money in the region of R4,4 million to a small group of people. His debtors then allegedly hired Pillay to kill him,” said Makgale.

Police said that further investigations led to six more suspects, five of whom handed themselves over immediately after being contacted by the police.

Jayshree Baijnath (attorney), Dhanaseelan Manickam (ex-policeman), warrant officer Claude Reginald (policeman) and businessmen Shana Mangroo and Rajendran Chetty.

An advocate from Mount Edgecombe, advocate from Mount Edgecombe Veronica Rathilal is the sixth suspect who surrendered herself to the police on Sunday afternoon.

“Warrant Officer Reginald is a member of the Public Order Police Unit in Durban. He will also be facing disciplinary charges which will run concurrently with the criminal charges,” said Makgale.

The National Commissioner of the South African Police Service, General Riah Phiyega said she was pleased with the successful outcome of the investigation.

“Our detectives from both the KZN Provincial Office as well as Head Office must be applauded for the sterling work they have done in this case,” said Phiyega.

All six suspects will appear in court today on a charge of murder, as police said more arrests can be expected.