Former mayor in the dark about attempted hit

The former mayor of Verulam, Manna Naidoo, is surrounded by Reaction Unit South Africa officers after an attempted hit at his residence, last week.

Former mayor of Verulam, Manna Naidoo, who is embroiled in a bitter high court battle with his brother over a family fortune, says he is still baffled about the attempted hit at his Canelands home, last week.

Speaking about the ordeal, Naidoo said he was in his study at approximately 1pm when his maid called him, saying that there were visitors wanting to speak to him.

“As I came through the door and looked from where my maid was standing, I saw a car parked. From where I stood, it was about 25 metres away,” said Naidoo.

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The 69-year-old, who has been residing in the quaint farmhouse for years without any close-by neighbors, said two men alighted the vehicle and attempted to lure him out of his residence.

“I was surprised as I did not expect any visitors and to me they were strangers as I did not know them. I began asking who they were and what they wanted from where I was standing. I was suspicious of the way they looked, their ruthless behaviour, and the heavy tinted vehicle they were driving,” said Naidoo.

Naidoo said the pair then requested him to exit the house because they wanted to speak to him. Seeing that Naidoo was reluctant to obey their request, the men jumped into the vehicle and spun the car around and drove straight from where Naidoo was standing.

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The quick-thinking farmer said at that time, he proceeded inside the house, locked his door and silently observed their next move from the inside.

“It was only when they fled that I contacted Reaction Unit South Africa (RUSA) and the police to alert them about what had transpired,” he said.

RUSA members were immediately dispatched to the residence and upon arrival found Naidoo still in a state of shock.

Naidoo suspects that the men intended to kill him. RUSA head, Prem Balram, said his members traced the vehicle used and found that the white VW Polo with registration was hijacked in Hillcrest in March 2007.
Balram said the area was searched with negative results.

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Mbali Khubisa

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