May 27, 2022

Mawazo Writing Africa

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My mother not involved in my father’s killing, says son of slain businessman Farad Moosa

The convicted son of murdered Pietermaritzburg businessman Farad Moosa, 46, has denied that his mother was involved in the conspiracy to murder his father.

Arif Moosa, 23, testified Tuesday in the Supreme Court of Pietermaritzburg from .

He said that although his parents sometimes had problems, their relationship could best be described as “very close” because they often got along.

He said so prosecutor Zinhle Sokhela’s “problems” had prompted him to plan a conspiracy against his father.

“I started thinking about it in 2019,” he said. He said his father would sometimes yell at him when he did something wrong.

The widow, Tasneem Gaffar, 46, Frank Phiri, 27, Hassan Majidu (Rasta), 27, and Scelo Cele are up the dock. Majidu is the only one in police custody.

The state alleges that on January 18, 2018, Gaffar ordered Arif to use the services of an individual to kill his father. Arif then approached the two suspects to help him.

He said he offered the killer R40,000 to kill his father.

“I never knew , where the money would come from,” he said.

A shy looking Arif was often asked to raise his voice during his testimony as he was often inaudible. A handful of family members sat in the bleachers.

He said they often met with accomplices near the Shoprite store in Raisethorpe, who were from another property owned by his family.

Arif was sentenced to seven years in prison after pleading guilty to conspiracy to murder. His father was a prominent businessman in Pietermaritzburg whose business interests included the supply and transportation of sand and building materials.

The case continues.

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