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Almost a year after 64-year-old Durban woman, Mohadai Sukhnandan, was hijacked and murdered, her family is still searching for answers.
Sukhnandan, known as Sheila, was driving alone in her silver Toyota Yaris from Clare Estate to Westville on September 4 last year, and was hijacked by three men driving a Chevrolet Spark.
The Daily News revisited Sukhnandan’s murder as part of a series on unsolved cases.
Her daughter, Monisha Prem, said as her mother pulled up to a residential complex, the men approached her, dragged her out of her car, shot her, threw her on to the road and left her to die. Prem said the case was investigated by Detective Thulani Dludla from the Westville police station.
“There has been no communication from Detective Dludla,” she said. “The SAPS initially offered a reward of R20 000 for any information during the first two weeks after the murder.”
Sukhnandan had four children and four grandchildren. “The family is repulsed at the violence of the crime. We are furious and disgusted at the lack of effort by the SAPS,” said Prem. “It’s been almost a year since we lost our mother, and no progress has been made in the case.
“We are disappointed in the lack of policing, and we feel let down by the system.” Prem said she wondered why the hijackers had not just taken her mother’s car. “Why did they need to shoot her at such close range, clearly with an intention to kill?” she asked.
Detective Dludla confirmed that there were no leads in the case. He said the R20 000 reward was still on offer to anyone who could provide information on the case.
According to the SAPS annual report, the detection rate for the 15 940 people killed during the 2010/11 reporting period was 26.84 percent.