Tyron Naidu, 29, said he was grateful to the justice system and police officers who ensured the six suspects, including two women, would spend a long time behind bars.
The Durban High Court this week convicted the last two suspects, a man and his fiancée, for the murder of Nalin Naidu.
Former Durban detective Sifiso Nkosi and his fiancée, Phumla Ethel Matseke, were convicted of murder and kidnapping.
They were among the six people arrested by Warrant Officer Rajan Govender and members of the provincial task team in connection with Naidu’s murder. The couple, who had pleaded not guilty, had been awaiting-trial prisoners since their arrest in 2015.
The alleged mastermind behind Naidu’s hit, Nalin’s husband, Seelan Naidu, died in 2016 as an awaiting-trial prisoner.
Hitmen Zwelakhe Maphumulo and Gcina Magwaza pleaded guilty to their role in the murder in 2015.
Maphumulo is serving a 30-year jail term while Magwaza is serving 22 years. Kholekile Maria Sithole, who turned State witness, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit murder. She was given a 10-year sentence, wholly suspended.
Naidu had gone missing from the Malvern mall. Her body was found in a bush in Shongweni on October 29, 2014.
Her throat had been slit and she had facial injuries.
Nkosi and Matseke were on the run for six months before they were arrested.
Evidence in the trial was that Matseke had told her good friend Sithole that her “boss”, Seelan Naidu, wanted to kill his wife, and had approached her to find hitmen.
Tyron said his mother’s death had caused divisions in the family
“When my mother died, my younger brother was taken by my father’s side of the family, while I stayed with my mother’s relatives. I am not allowed to communicate with my brother. He was not even allowed to attend my wedding this year in March.
“I had 300 guests at the wedding and my only brother did not attend. He is in matric this year and I want to be there for him. I want us to reconcile,” he said.
Tyron said his brother was too young to decide which side of the family he wanted to live with.
He hoped that now the truth about who ordered the hit on their mother was out, his brother would be allowed to communicate with him.
“If there is one person to be blamed for this whole mess, it is our father. As a result, my brother and I lost both parents. I wish he was here to receive the judgment. He was my father, but he had done something terribly wrong and he should have lived to receive his punishment,” said Tyron.
He said he had spent the last four years refusing to believe that his father had ordered the hit on his mother, but said the pieces of the puzzle had come together during the trial.