Crime Courts

The six suspects accused of murdering Babita Deokaran remanded in custody

Babita Deokaran

On Monday, six suspects accused of murdering whistle-blower Babita Deokaran appeared in court for a second time, where their defence team applied for postponement of the formal bail application, citing challenging consultation circumstances. The State did not oppose, and the magistrate remanded the matter to 1 and 5 October. Until then the suspects will be remanded in custody. Babita was a 53-year-old, Indian-Origin South African who served as a senior official within the Gauteng Provincial Government Department of Health. . According to Bishop Tony Haripersadh, her brother-in-law who is married to Deokaran’s sister, Pastor Shamilla Haripersadh, ‘Someone tried to silence her because she was someone who always did things the right way,’ Tony Haripersadh said Deokaran had confided in the family that she was a “key” witness in the investigation. He said Deokaran, formerly of Phoenix in Durban, was the …

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Teddy Mafia’s killing: what happened next?

Shallcross, Chatsworth

The death of drug czar Teddy Mafia stunned the Chatsworth community in January, 2021. The violent shooting and the subsequent justice handed out to his assassins was shocking to all. This was followed up by politicians talking pointlessly and a lavish funeral. After all the hullabaloo, what was the progress made on the investigation? No leads The Rising Sun reports that Chatsworth Community Policing Forum chairman, Jakes Singh stated that the investigation is still at a sensitive stage and is continuing. “Police need to follow a long trail of investigation. Members of the community need to let the investigation take its cause. We hope that something will be done speedily and are following all leads supplied. Anyone, with information on the murders, should call the Chatsworth police station,” said Singh. According to Pillay’s family, they have an attorney, who is …

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A cowboy send-off for Teddy Mafia

Yaganathan Pillay, aka Teddy Mafia

Teddy Mafia, full name Yaganathan Pillay, died while en route to hospital on Monday after being shot at close range in his Chatsworth home. Alleged drug lord Yaganathan ‘Teddy Mafia’ Pillay has been laid to rest during an elaborate ceremony at his home in Shallcross, Durban. Pillay, who was seen by many as a benevolent figure in the Chatsworth community for good deeds while at the same time causing damage with drugs, was buried in a Stetson hat and sunglasses in a gold, diamond-encrusted coffin. Earlier estimates put the cost of the funeral at R300 000. More articles related to Teddy Mafia funeral: Teddy Mafia Son Gunned Down In Shallcross Drive-By Shooting Alleged drug kingpin Teddy Mafia in court

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