How a dead woman’s cellphone linked Durban businessman to bloody mosque attack

The phone’s movement‚ tracked to the Palmview cell tower near the Imam Hussain Mosque in Verulam‚ had ultimately led police to him.

“The highest he [a police investigator] can put it is to say that the tower is one in the area where the Verulam mosque is situated‚” Hoomer said‚ adding that cell phones registered to his co-accused Goolam Haffejee and Ahmed Haffejee showed a similar pattern of movement.

“Colonel Vreugdenburg [a member of the investigation team] expresses his suspicion that I‚ together with Goolam Haffejee and Ahmed Haffejee‚ was involved in the attack at the mosque because of the movement of our cell phones‚” Hoomer’s affidavit reads.

It was also at a Reservoir Hills property‚ which he owns‚ where Hawks operatives found a Tanzanian man chained in what they described as a dungeon‚ seemingly held for several weeks to extort a ransom from his family.

The man‚ abducted near his Umbilo home‚ had been chained and subjected to repeated beatings‚ forced to survive on a single banana per day. He was rescued and rushed to hospital.

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