Fam­ily ques­tions jus­tice sys­tem


THE brother of slain busi­ness­man Kidesh Ram­jet­tan said they were los­ing faith in the jus­tice sys­tem.

This, af­ter it was re­vealed that one of the three ac­cused ar­rested for his mur­der, had been re­leased from prison just months be­fore the killing.

Ram­jet­tan was shot dead out­side his petrol sta­tion busi­ness in Au­gust.

Men­ziwa Mdakane, who is cur­rently in prison await­ing his bail ap­pli­ca­tion, was ar­rested with eight oth­ers in 2013 for be­ing part of a syn­di­cate re­spon­si­ble for blast­ing five ATMs in KZN and shoot­ing at any­one who got in their way.

In 2016, they were each handed three life sen­tences for the mur­ders of Pi­eter­mar­itzburg K9 of­fi­cer Vid­hur Jadoo and civil­ians Bon­gokuhle Nkosi and Sizwe Gule at Utrecht.

Mdakane and his co-ac­cused were cleared of all charges when they won their ap­peal against their con­vic­tion and sen­tenc­ing in March this year and were re­leased from prison.

Re­act­ing to the news that his brother’s killer had been ar­rested pre­vi­ously for a spate of se­ri­ous crimes, Anesh Bal­raj said they had lost faith in the jus­tice sys­tem.

“Jus­tice is very hard to come in this coun­try. This man left two ladies wid­owed. The fact that he was cleared of the charges shows the fail­ure of the jus­tice sys­tem. If the State did their job, he would have still been in prison and my brother would still be alive.”

Bal­raj added that this week­end, the fam­ily also sold Ram­jet­tan’s Glazer Mo­tors garage, in Clair­wood.

“Our par­ents don’t want to go to the garage since the shoot­ing be­cause they are too trau­ma­tised. We three broth­ers al­ways looked af­ter one another and our busi­nesses but it be­came hard for us to travel and keep up.

“The busi­ness re­quires a lot of at­ten­tion, which is what Kidesh gave. On Fri­day we all cried, the fam­ily and the staff.

“To­day (Tues­day) is his son’s first birthday. On Di­wali, my par­ents and I were held at gun­point and as­saulted. We are so hurt by ev­ery­thing and so tired of be­ing afraid and putting up fences.”

Jadoo’s wife, said she was shocked when hear­ing that Mdakane was linked to both shoot­ings.

“I don’t have any words at the mo­ment. I didn’t re­alise the con­nec­tion be­tween both shoot­ings. I am re­ally dis­ap­pointed.”

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