Moorton family ‘forced’ out of their home by angry mob

Raessa Bibi Peerbhay is comforted by her 14-year-old son, Mohamed Shaahud following the traumatic ordeal.

A Moorton family was allegedly forced out of their home, after a mob of about 300 armed invaders, stormed into their property and assaulted residents, on Tuesday night.

After several hours, the family managed to escape the horrific ordeal with the clothes on their backs.

Speaking on behalf of her traumatised family, Raessa Bibi Peerbhay (47) said that she has been renting the house from a woman, who claimed to be the owner, since last September, together with her two sons and her husband, Mohamed Rafick Peerbhay.

“What happened to my family is an act of injustice and cruelty. I would never want anyone to go through this. The angry mob was armed with sticks, boulders, slashes and iron pipes. This should not be accepted in any community. I hope and pray that everyone, who threatened our family, is dealt with accordingly. I feel like the neighbourhood turned their backs on my family. However, I thank those who did come to our aid. I believe that we would have been killed if we did not flee,” she said.

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Members of the family sustained various injuries. Mrs Peerbhay claimed that an arrangement was made between her and a woman, who was believed to be the owner of the property.

“The supposed owner of the property was leading the mob. She signed an affidavit that if we paid an amount of money to her, the property would become ours. Together with our mosque, we managed to get the money together and pay her. She failed to release the title deed to the house. After requesting a utility bill and further investigations, we realised that the owner of the property has been dead since 1994. I did not try to steal this woman’s house. My family and I were victims of fraud,” she claimed.

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Meanwhile, chairman of the Moorton Community Policing Forum, Zain Suliman said, “The incident at Lusaka was a dispute between landlord and tenant. It’s a complicated story as to who owns the property. The owner went to collect her rental which amounts to over R4, 000 and was assaulted by the tenants and that is when things got out of hand. There were threats made, however, the Moorton CPF crew managed to negotiate and bring calm to the situation. We’ve established an understanding with key residents at Lusaka and a working relationship via the Moorton CPF. To our Moorton CPF crew, Crossmoor and all parties who were ready to provide assistance, may God bless us all.”

Corporate communications officer of the eThekwini Inner South cluster, Cpt Cheryl Pillay said on Tuesday, May 8, 2018 at about 6pm, an altercation occurred between a landlord and tenant at Rainbow Crescent in Moorton.

Chatsworth SAPS is investigating a case of common assault and malicious damage to property.

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Bianca Lalbahadur

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