Son in court for father’s murder

Jibraeel Mohideen, 26, appeared briefly in the Pmb Magistrate's Court, charged with conspiracy to murder his father, Ashraf Tajoodeen, a popular businessman and owner of Lee's Auto Sales
Picture: Siso Naile
Jibraeel Mohideen, 26, appeared briefly in the Pmb Magistrate's Court, charged with conspiracy to murder his father, Ashraf Tajoodeen, a popular businessman and owner of Lee's Auto Sales Picture: Siso Naile

A dishevelled Jibraeel Mohideen, the 26-year- old son of slain businessman Ashraf Tajoodeen, confidently walked into the Pietermaritzburg Magistrate’s court late on Tuesday afternoon, with a quick glance and wave to his family and friends who packed the first two rows of the gallery.

Mohideen was officially charged with conspiracy to murder his father together with the family’s domestic worker Emily Mchunu, 52, from Willowfontein. The other two accused, Joshua Nxumalo, 40, also from Willowfontein and Zandisele Mtshali, 32, from Highflats face a charge of murder related to Tajoodeen’s brutal death.

Mohideen, Nxumalo and Mtshali are represented by Legal Aid attorney, Miss Kunene while Mchunu is represented by attorney Sipho Ngubane.

Jibraeel Mohideen, left, the son of slain Pietermaritzburg businessman Ashraf Tajoodeen,  made a  brief appearance in court together with his three accomplices, from left family domestic worker Emily Mtshali and the alleged hit men Joshua Nxumalo and Zandisile Mtshali Picture: Siso Naile

Jibraeel Mohideen, left, the son of slain Pietermaritzburg businessman Ashraf Tajoodeen, made a brief appearance in court together with his three accomplices, from left family domestic worker Emily Mtshali and the alleged hit men Joshua Nxumalo and Zandisile Mtshali
Picture: Siso Naile

All four have been remanded in custody and will appear in court on March 23 for a possible bail application. The State has indicated that it would vehemently oppose the bail application in order to protect the safety of witnesses and accused; and because the accused’s profiles have not been completed as yet.

Shortly after court adjourned, Tajoodeen’s brother, who declined to give his name, said that Ashraf’s death and now Jibraeel’s arrest was a “double blow” to the family.

“We are shattered by all of this,” said the visibly distraught man.

Mchunu’s relative, who also declined to be named, said they were shocked over Emily’s arrest.

“We never suspected she could be involved in this kind of a matter. All of this is just too much for us to understand,” said the relative.

It is believed that the other suspects are in the process of making confessions while Mohideen has already made a confession.

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