Durban - Former policeman Dayalin Maslamoney, 39, who alle-gedly squandered his R10 million Lotto jackpot winnings on fast cars, businesses, properties, alcohol and entertaining friends, has apparently been caught stealing a measly R250.
He appeared in the Pietermaritzburg District Court this week with his co-accused, Zaheer Khan, for allegedly posing as a policeman.
It is alleged the suspects, dressed in civilian clothes, stormed a house in Boom Street, Pietermaritzburg, produced a name badge bearing police insignia and demanded cash from Yusuf Billy, 20, and two friends.
Police spokesman Captain Thulani Zwane said the suspects were held in custody and would appear again in court on Tuesday.
Maslamoney’s arrest has shocked family and friends.
A man who knew Maslamoney but did not want to be named said the former policeman changed when he became a multimillionaire, turning into a troubled man.
“He was going through problems with his marriage when he moved in with his brother. The problems began when he won the Lotto. When the money came in, he changed.”
The man said Maslamoney drank a lot.
“He had everything and now has nothing. He bought cars, businesses, properties and spent his money recklessly. It’s as if he threw the money away.
“His wife divorced him because he was entertaining friends. I feel sorry for him because he is a very nice man. I knew him when he was a policeman and the money changed him – he went crazy.
“He gave his family money, but now the family is battling to make ends meet. They are even behind with rent.”
But Maslamoney’s father, Danny Naidoo, 74, said his son used his money wisely.
“My son remained the same despite becoming a millionaire overnight. I would say he used his money wisely.”
His brother, Ravi Maslamoney, 46, said, “We were very upset when we heard what happened. We just think he was in the wrong place at the wrong time.”
He described his brother as quiet, humble, down-to-earth and softly spoken.
“He cared more for others than himself. He contributed to the building of churches. He did a lot of charity work and helped a lot of people.
“He is a good man and, being a former cop, it looks bad when he is sitting there in the cells.
“It is very embarrassing.”
Gidani spokeswoman Dudu Ndendwa said the lottery was operated under strict terms – with a team of highly trained and experienced advisers for winners.
“They are allocated to each large prizewinner to provide help and support from the moment a winner claims a prize.
“They are given professional psycho-social and financial counselling through certified individuals and reputable institutions.”