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Zuma associate killed

Crime & Courts

KwaZulu-Natal - The body of a prominent KwaZulu-Natal businessman has been found floating in the Tugela River, police said on Thursday.

Residents saw the corpse and called the police, Lieutenant-Colonel Vincent Mdunge said.

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THUKELA( RIVER FOAM): AGAINST a backdrop of the Thukela River where the water turns to foam next to Sappi’s effluent pipeline outlet are insets of Tugela Mouth Resort owner J D Lotz with samples of the foul-smelling water he collected in the river last week; foam and scum on the rocks next to the river mouth; dead mullet at the mouth; a warning sign on the hydrogen peroxide vats placed along the Thukela River to raise the oxygen levels artificially. Some residents have complained of acid burns or tingling skin near the river mouth, but Sappi said the chemical compound dissolved into oxygen when it was diluted with water PICTURES: SUPPLIED

“(We) found that it was the body of a 63-year-old man. He had suffered multiple stab wounds.”

Eyewitness News named him as Nhlanhla Gasa, an associate to President Jacob Zuma, and the father of South African TV personality Noni Gasa.

Police found his vehicle, a Jaguar, burnt beyond recognition several metres away.

“Officers then went to his home in Umhlanga and there they found blood around the house. This confirms that the attack started at his house and he was then taken to the river.”

No valuables were taken from the house. A case of murder with aggravating circumstances and malicious damage to property was opened with the Durban North police.

No arrests had been made. - Sapa

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