Manhunt for murder suspects intensifies

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Picture: Thinkstock

The manhunt for the suspects who murdered a KwaZulu-Natal businessman will be intensified, security company Reaction Unit South Africa (Rusa) said.

The suspects murdered Mohit Maharaj at his home in Verulam on June 27 last year, Phoenix Sun reported.

Rusa head Prem Balram said there had been little progress in the arrest of Maharaj’s killers, leaving the Maharaj family with no closure. Balram appealed to members of the community to contact him on 086-1234-333, should they have any information on the case.

Maharaj, 60, who co-owned a photographic studio in the town, was found by members of Rusa at his home in the early hours of the morning.

On the morning of the murder, security officers were on patrol on the R102 between Verulam and King Shaka International Airport when they found an abandoned Mercedes Benz near the Drift Temple. Upon inspection, it was found that one of the tyres was punctured, lights were on, and the door was unlocked.

A vehicle ownership query was conducted, and the report-back stated the vehicle was not stolen or sought after. A second security officer who responded to assist recognised the vehicle as belonging to Maharaj. Security officers proceeded to Maharaj’s residence to enquire whether his vehicle was stolen or parked on the side of the road because of the punctured tyre.

Upon arrival at his residence, they noticed the driveway gates were open, and upon approaching the house, they found the garage door also open. To the right of the garage door, officers noticed Maharaj’s body lying on the ground face-up. A black cloth was found tied over his face and head, and he appeared to have been strangled.

The latest crime statistics indicated that the murder rate had increased despite overall serious crime declining slightly by 0.4%.

Referring to the murder rate, national police commissioner Riah Phiyega said most murders were committed by someone known to the victim.

She said abuse was often not reported, and by the time police were called, a murder had already been committed.

The murder rate increased in the Western Cape, Northern Cape, Gauteng, Eastern Cape, and Limpopo, but it dropped in the North West, Free State, Mpumalanga, and KwaZulu-Natal.

– Caxton News Service

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