Woman among suspects charged for murder after mob justice attack
Chats woman among suspects charged for murder after mob justice attack
A woman is among four suspects who have been arrested for the murder of a man who was killed in a mob justice attack in Chatsworth.
Amy Naidoo, 34, appeared in the local magistrate’s court alongside her co-accused Cameron Naidoo, 25, Arnalle Maharaj, 34 and Stalon Pillay, 24, during a bail application on Thursday and Friday this week.
Their appearance in court stems from the murder of Mzwandile Nyadi, 30, in Bayview on September 8.
Nyadi’s death was initially investigated as a culpable homicide after his body was found on the pavement near the Merryhill Primary School on Lenny Naidu Drive on Saturday.
The court heard that the suspects had beaten Nyadi to death after accusing him of stealing a crate belonging to Maharaj.
In her judgement, Magistrate Dorcas Khuzwayo said she noted that state prosecutor Rowen Souls had not opposed bail.
“The state does not consider the applicants being flight risks,” said Khuzwayo in handing down her judgement. “They also indicated that they intended pleading not guilty.”
She said the accused had claimed that Nyadi was attacked by a mob of people after he stole items from Maharaj, a version not challenged by the state.
She added that it was in the interest of justice to release the accused on bail.
Khuzwayo granted Naidoo, Cameron Naidoo and Stalon Pillay R5 000 bail each, while Maharaj, who faces an additional charge of defeating the ends of justice, was released on bail of R10 000.
She warned the accused not to communicate with state witnesses or interfere with police investigations.
The accused were also ordered to report to the Bayview Police Station every Friday until the case was finalised.