Fam­ily anx­ious for clo­sure af­ter wait for jus­tice


THE fam­ily of mur­dered Malvern mother Nalin Naidu say their four-year wait for jus­tice has taken a toll on them.

Naidu’s brother, Raj Kr­ish­na­pal, said he lost his en­gi­neer­ing job in 2016 as a re­sult of fo­cus­ing all his time and en­ergy on the case; while Naidu’s mother, Shanti Bas­soon, said she had pre­vi­ously col­lapsed in court due to the emo­tional trauma of lis­ten­ing to the pro­ceed­ings.

Des­per­ate for clo­sure, the fam­ily ar­rived in their num­bers for the judg­ment in the Durban High Court on Fri­day on former po­lice­man turned busi­ness­man Si­fiso Nkosi and his com­mon law wife, Phumla Ethel Mat­seke, who al­legedly mur­dered Naidu in 2014.

But Act­ing Judge Joe Nxu­sani was un­able to get through his lengthy sum­mary of the trial and the case was ad­journed.

Judge Nxu­sani re­ferred to the cell­phone records, the post-mortem re­port, pho­to­graphic ex­hibits and the ev­i­dence of Kholek­ile Maria Sit­hole, who was among the six peo­ple ar­rested for the mur­der. Sit­hole en­tered into a plea agree­ment and turned State wit­ness. She was sub­se­quently con­victed and sen­tenced to 10 years’ wholly sus­pended.

The court heard that Sit­hole felt “ob­li­gated” to Mat­seke, who was re­ferred to as her “tjom­mie” (friend).

Sit­hole tes­ti­fied that Mat­seke was good to her and had of­ten helped her with her rent and gro­ceries. She went out of her way to as­sist Mat­seke.

Judge Nxu­sani went through Sit­hole’s ev­i­dence in de­tail and said he found it to be “dis­qui­et­ing”. “Some of her ev­i­dence was con­tra­dic­tory. Her state­ments did not de­scribe the in­ci­dent in de­tail. “One must ap­proach her ev­i­dence with the nec­es­sary cau­tion,” the judge said.

The court also heard that a sum of be­tween R50 000 and R60 000 was paid by Naidu’s hus­band, See­lan – also a former po­lice­man – to have the de­ceased killed.

Naidu went miss­ing from Malvern Mall. Her body was found in a bush in Shong­weni on Oc­to­ber 29, 2014. Her throat was slit and she had fa­cial in­juries.

See­lan, 48, the sus­pected mas­ter­mind, died in Westville Prison, while await­ing trial in 2016. Self-con­fessed hit­men, Zwe­lakhe Ma­phu­mulo and Gcina Mag­waza, pleaded guilty. Ma­phu­mulo was given 30 years and Mag­waza 22 years. Both had im­pli­cated Naidu.

The Naidus owned a string of phar­ma­cies.

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