Unsolved civil unrest murders take emotional toll on KZN families
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DURBAN - POLICE are tight-lipped about their investigation into two murders that have left one family distraught and another without a body to bury.
On July 13, Faybian Moodley, 17, died after being shot in Trenance Park, Verulam. He was at a barricade set up by residents to prevent looters from entering the area during the unrest.
His mother, Tashleen Moodley, said a police detective had come to their home to discuss the post-mortem results, but they had not been told anything about the incident or if anyone had been arrested.
Moodley claimed she was not given a police CAS (Crime Administration System) number.
“I need justice for my son’s death. I want answers. As a mother, I never planned to bury my child. He was working part-time for a printing company, but was looking for another job. I am still depressed that my only son was taken from me,” she said.
“He wanted to get his licence and buy a car. He wanted to be successful. His life was cut short. There was no assistance from the government up till this day.”
Police Minister Bheki Cele said 36 people died in Phoenix during the unrest in July. Approximately 800 stores were looted and 100 malls were either burnt down or suffered significant fire damage. Police said 56 people had been arrested and linked to the murders that took place in Phoenix.
Cele said a team of 31 detectives were deployed to investigate, make arrests and attend court cases. In July, the death toll stood at 251 people in KZN. In Gauteng, 42 murders were being investigated.
Meanwhile, in Inanda, 24-year-old Nolwazi Blose’s body still lies in the Phoenix state mortuary where it has been since May 25, as investigations into her murder remain incomplete.