POLOKWANE, September 30 – Limpopo businessman Rameez Patel has been arrested in connection with the murder of his mother after he was allegedly linked to the crime on Friday afternoon, Limpopo police said.
Patel, who is already on trial for the murder of his wife Fatima, 28, at their home in Polokwane in 2015, will appear in the Polokwane Magistrate’s Court on Monday on another charge of murder, Lt-Col Moatshe Ngoepe said.
Police in Westenburg outside Polokwane had made a major breakthrough with the arrest of “a suspect in this matter”, Ngoepe said.
“Following the intensive police investigations in this matter by a team of the Westenburg detectives the deceased’s son aged 30 years old was positively linked to this murder which led to his arrest this afternoon [Friday] in Polokwane. This suspect will appear before the Polokwane Magistrate’s Court on Monday on a charge of murder.”
It was alleged that at about 7pm on September 19, “an elderly woman was with her domestic worker in Nirvana just outside the city when the armed suspect opened fire on them”.
“The old lady was rushed to hospital for medical attention where she passed on a few hours later and the domestic worker did not sustain any injuries. The deceased was identified as Mahejeen Banu Patel aged 51 years old. The motive behind this killing is still not clear as nothing was taken from the deceased house. Police investigations are still continuing,” Ngoepe said.
Limpopo police commissioner Lt-Gen Nneke Ledwaba welcomed the arrest. He also commended the Westenburg detectives for their dedication and professionalism “for solving this complicated matter within a short space of time, which is a milestone achievement in the fight against any serious and violent crime in this province”, Ledwaba said.
In 2015 Fatima Patel was reportedly strangled and shot in the couple’s Nirvana home. Patel has reportedly claimed that housebreakers killed her.