Crack cops take over Teddy Mafia murder case as 'positive leads' emerge

The KZN organised crime unit has taken over investigations into the murder of suspected Durban drug kingpin Yaganathan Pillay

05 January 2021 - 16:47 By orrin singh
Police and forensic officials remove the bodies of the men accused of murdering alleged drug dealer Teddy Mafia. The men were shot, decapitated and then set alight after the hit.
Police and forensic officials remove the bodies of the men accused of murdering alleged drug dealer Teddy Mafia. The men were shot, decapitated and then set alight after the hit.
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Members of the KwaZulu-Natal organised crime unit have taken over investigations into the murder of suspected Durban drug kingpin Yaganathan Pillay, more commonly known as Teddy Mafia.

The specialised unit will also investigate the murder of the two men who are alleged to have gunned down Pillay before they were shot, decapitated and their bodies burnt by an angry mob on Taurus Street in Shallcross, south of Durban, on Monday.

Police spokesperson Brig Jay Naicker told TimesLIVE that detectives from the organised crime unit visited Pillay's family on Tuesday.

“The matter has now been handed over to members of the provincial organised crime unit. Detectives from organised crime met with family to get their side, and a lot of information is coming forward, which is very positive.

“They have a lot of leads that they are working on and it is looking quite positive at this stage,” he said.

Naicker said that over and above the murder cases, a case of public violence was opened for investigation.

“A case of public violence will be investigated by police and not organised crime after members of SAPS were blockaded and prevented from getting into the area on Monday,” he said.

Pillay was gunned down in his Shallcross home by two men, who it is believed he knew, about 2pm on Monday. It is understood that he was shot twice in the head and succumbed to his injuries shortly after being transported to Chatsmed hospital in Chatsworth.

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