Murder accused Limpopo businessman Rameez Patel Picture: Chester Makana/African News Agency (ANA) Archives

Polokwane - The Limpopo police on Friday said it was too early to confirm whether the shooting of Razeen Patel is linked to his brother, murder accused Limpopo businessman Rameez Patel.

Patel is on trial in the Limpopo High Court in Polokwane for the murder of his 28-year-old wife, Fatima, who was shot and strangled in 2015.

He is also implicated in the murder of his mother as well as Westenburg resident Tony Adams, whose body was found dumped outside a supermarket parking lot in 2013.

Razeen was shot four times on July 15 on the R71 between Mankweng and Polokwane, a day before he was expected to testify in his brother's trial.

According to reports, Razeen is in a critical condition. 

He was set to retake the witness stand after a prosecution application to have him recalled, was granted and provide further evidence after he said he felt intimidated when he initially testified.

Police spokesperson Captain Seabi Mamphaswa confirmed that an investigation into the incident is ongoing, after the suspect handed himself over and subsequently appeared in court. 

"The attempted murder suspect Ali Sulmani aged, 22, handed himself over to the Mankweng police on July 18. 

"Sulmani appeared before Mankweng Magistrate's court and his case was postponed to July 26 for bail application."

Mamphaswa said it was too early to confirm if the latest shooting is in any way linked to Patel as "investigations are still unfolding".

The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) confirmed that Patel's murder trial was postponed to September 17 to allow Razeen time to recover.