Ashver Sukwa, a 35 year old businessman was murdered while his 67 year old father was stabbed and locked in a cold room during a home invasion at Saibs Place in Fairbreeze, Tongaat. According to reports he was also a banana farmer and employed the local youth and residents of the area.

Sukwa’s friend Athish Ganas said he could not believe what had happened.

“I spoke to Ashveer on Friday. He called to check about playing golf. We had known each other for a long time. My grandfather and his father were farmers. His dad was a banana farmer. About three months ago they built a cold storage facility on their property and were now importing and exporting fruit and vegetables.

“Ashveer travelled extensively and enjoyed experimenting with his cooking. It was just him and his dad after his mom and sister died tragically. He was a humble soul. His father was simple. He drove an old van that had sentimental value to him,” said Ganas.

The town has recently fallen victim to several attacks. On Thursday 29 October 2020, ten (10) attackers held up the Shoprite Supermarket located on the R102 near Maidstone Village. The suspects were armed with 9mm pistols and forced customers, employees and local security guards to handover cash and valuables.

Shoprite Supermarket at Tongaat. Source: Facebook

Ashver Sukwa Murder

On Saturday 31 October 2020, Reaction Unit South Africa (RUSA) Tongaat Operations Center received a call from a man at approximately 04:45 stating that while walking past the residence he noticed the back door and gate to the house opened. He also claimed that he noticed blood on the floor.

Reaction Officers from Tongaat and Ballito were dispatched to the property and on arrival called out at the back door. A man from inside the home responded when Reaction Officers entered. The elderly victim was found in the kitchen. His clothing was covered in blood. He had been stabbed at least four times.

Coldroom where Ashver’s father was stabbed and locked up. Source Facebook

He stated that he and his son Ashver Sukwa, ran a fruit and vegetable distribution business from the property. This morning he opened the driveway gate for one of his employees who was expected to transport a load of bananas to the market. His employee, a South African national with three other men held him up and forced him into the warehouse. They repeatedly stabbed and assaulted him before locking him in a cold room in the warehouse. After some time the victim managed to free himself and made his way back into the home. The suspects had already fled.

He informed Reaction Officers that Ashver was also in the residence however he could not be located. He assumed that his son had gone in search of the suspects as he noticed his firearm was missing from the safe.

Police and private security forces on the scene at Ashver Sukwa’s home in Tongaat. Source: Facebook

Officers penetrated the house and found blood on one of the beds. Ashver Sukwa was found on the floor wrapped in a bedsheet and blanket that was soaked with blood. He was stabbed at least 35 times and was declared deceased by Medics.

The home was ransacked and two safes were found opened. A firearm is suspected to be stolen. The elderly victim has been transported to hospital for medical attention. Blood was also discovered on a wooden pallet inside the cold room and on the door. Source: Reaction Unit South Africa

ARRESTS MADE:

Col. Thembeka Mbele, the coordinator of the police force, has confirm three suspects have been arrested at around 10 pm on Sunday 01 November at Ndwedwe. The suspects are 20, 22 and 32 years old.

“The Tongaat police followed up on leads and an amount of R85 405 and a knife was recovered. ” said Mbele.

The suspects will appear at Verulam Magistrate’s Court, facing charges of murder, attempted murder and robbery.

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