I am not a drug lord, says ‘Teddy Mafia’

Post - - NEWS - CHAR­LENE SOMDUTH

WHEN Shall­cross res­i­dents and po­lice clashed on Satur­day dur­ing a drug raid, the al­leged king­pin in the area was con­duct­ing a prayer at his daugh­ter’s nearby home.

Ya­ganathan Pillay, aka Teddy Mafia, said he was at Ta­ble Moun­tain Street and un­aware that res­i­dents of Taurus Street, where he lives, and po­lice had clashed.

It was not un­til he heard gun­shots that he and his son went out­side to in­ves­ti­gate.

Pillay said they saw ve­hi­cles from the Fly­ing Squad and the uM­lazi K9 Unit parked on the road and a neigh­bour, Kuben Mood­ley, al­legedly be­ing as­saulted by the po­lice.

The grand­fa­ther of nine said he re­turned to his daugh­ter’s home.

He said that ru­mours had been do­ing the rounds for years that he was a drug king­pin and had been pay­ing the elec­tric­ity and gro­cery bills of res­i­dents in Shall­cross to pre­vent them from re­port­ing il­licit be­hav­iour.

Pillay de­nied this. He said he helped the com­mu­nity by giv­ing them loans to pay off their ex­penses.

He said that af­ter swoop­ing on Mood­ley’s home look­ing for drugs, the com­mu­nity had tried to in­ter­vene and ended up clash­ing with the po­lice.

He added that the po­lice ended up on his prop­erty look­ing for drugs. He re­mained at his daugh­ter’s home.

Po­lice did not com­ment by time of pub­li­ca­tion.

LESTRADE AFRICAN NEWS AGENCY (ANA) | LEON

YA­GANATHAN Pillay, aka Teddy Mafia, said he did not know about the clash be­tween res­i­dents and po­lice un­til he heard gun­shots.

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