Terrorist is out to kill me, says businessman

21 March 2010 - 02:00
By Santham Pillay

The director of a leading South African construction company claims his life is in danger after he discovered that his former partner asked a member of a Turkish terrorist cell to "deal with him".

The allegation is contained in Gonaseelan Barlow Govender's Durban High Court application to prevent Raneshni Rene Moodley from breaching his right to privacy or disclosing confidential information relating to his business and personal life "to any other person who has no legitimate interest".

Govender was granted a temporary interdict until March 30 to allow Moodley to respond.

In his affidavit, Govender claims his relationship with Moodley - the mother of his child - soured in early 2004.

He moved out of the home they shared in 2007.

Govender said he was subjected to two South African Revenue Service audits in the past 18 months. During the audits, he discovered that his January 2009 salary slip was in the possession of Moodley's older brother.

When he questioned Moodley about it, she said her brother may have "unlawfully removed" the slip, but she later admitted she "may have given it to him in order to determine my financial affairs and safeguard her interests".

He also claimed she tried to duplicate information such as his financial statements, will and insurance policies from their shared computer without his knowledge.

He said that while gathering information to validate his claim for an interdict against Moodley, he discovered telephone bills amounting to R4500 to Turkey.

When he called the number, it was answered by a man "with an Islamic name which I did not properly hear".

He identified himself to the man, who "immediately said he knew who I was".

Govender described the conversation as confrontational, adding: "This person then told me that I had met my match. From my discussion, it became apparent that he knew Moodley and he informed me he was assisting her in dealing with me."

The man referred to himself as a member of a "terrorist cell in Turkey".

Govender said he regarded that as a threat to his life, adding that Moodley confirmed she had provided the information to the man and that it was "no coincidence" that Moodley had travelled from London to Turkey last December.

The businessman cited the fraudulent use of his credit card at clothing stores in Europe and Turkey as evidence that his confidential financial information had been leaked.

He said his application was urgent, "as it is clear that (Moodley) is determined to cause me harm and may disclose further information which may be used against me by somebody who is unscrupulous and who may be willing to cause me bodily harm or to commit fraud".

Moodley has filed a notice of opposition and is expected to respond to his allegations.