“The fam­ily still does not know what hap­pened. We just want clo­sure ...”

The Witness - - FRONT PAGE - • chelsea.pieterse@wit­ness.co.za

To­gether they had shared a small flat with their three chil­dren, un­til they were fi­nally able to buy the Larch Road house, just over a week be­fore the mur­der-sui­cide.

Gori had worked as a sales­per­son for Has­mani’s Whole­salers in Church Street while Aziz worked in Janoo’s Whole­salers, also in Church Street.

Their old­est daugh­ter had mar­ried over the Easter week­end and moved to Jo­han­nes­burg, while Mairoon­isa was a pop­u­lar Grade 10 pupil at Kha­rina Sec­ondary School and Muhammad Rizwan a Grade 4 pupil at Shri Vishnu Pri­mary School.

A fam­ily mem­ber told The Wit­ness that Aziz and Gori “did ev­ery­thing to­gether” and had been mar­ried for 21 years.

“I am not sure how they met but they were very lov­ing to­wards one an­other.

“Gori was al­ways happy and smil­ing. At a party, she would be the first to ar­rive and the last to leave.

“Aziz worked al­most seven days a week but he still came to fam­ily func­tions. He was well liked.

“The fam­ily still does not know what hap­pened. We just want clo­sure, we want to get to the bot­tom of it.

“The day be­fore [the in­ci­dent] Gori was fine, she went to work, she was happy, the chil­dren went to school.

“We want to know why. Gori was so much fun to be around. You would al­ways find neigh­bours sit­ting and chat­ting to her in her home,” said the fam­ily mem­ber.

Pro­vin­cial po­lice spokesper­son Lieu­tenant-Colonel Thu­lani Zwane said the po­lice are look­ing at a num­ber of pos­i­tive mo­tives and sce­nar­ios.

“At this early stage of the in­ves­ti­ga­tion we are not will­ing to spec­u­late. We will pro­vide the me­dia with an up­date once there is a break­through,” he said.


Aziz and Gori Man­jra in ear­lier days.

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