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Alleged druglord Teddy Mafia murdered, suspects ‘beheaded and set alight’

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Immense drama has unfolded in KwaZulu-Natal on Monday 4 January with suspected gang leader and drug kingpin Yaganathan Pillay – better known by his alias Teddy Mafia – has been killed in a shootout at his Durban home, police have confirmed. 

Following the murder, in which unknown suspects were invited into Pillay’s home before opening fire, police engaged in a shootout with community members who had taken it upon themselves to capture the suspects and set them alight and behead them in the street. 

Teddy Mafia gunned down in Durban home

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National South African Police Service (SAPS) spokesperson Vishnu Naidoo said Pillay’s daughter had sounded the alarm when her father was ambushed by men he had reportedly invited into his hme. 

“On Monday, 4 January 2021, a shooting occurred at a known drug dealers home at Taurus Street in Shallcross,” he said.

“It is alleged that at approximately 14:00, the owner of the property – known as Teddy Mafia – had informed his daughter that he was expecting visitors.”

“Upon arrival of the suspects at their home, the daughter proceeded to the back of their property were she heard gun shots. The daughter then established that her father had been shot.”

He said that police resounding to the incident were forced to call in the Public Order Policing Unit after members of an incesnsed crowd began firing at them. He said that the crowd were dispersed with no injuries, other than to the suspects of the killing, who they had managed to get their hands on. 

“The community apprehended both suspects and they set them alight thereafter beheading the both of them,” said Naidoo. 

Police investigating further leads  

Pillay later succumbed to his injuries at a local hospital, and Naidoo said that police did not seize any firearms at the scene. 

“At this stage, it is unknown if the suspects were on foot or in a vehicle. Police will investigate three dockets of murder,” he said. 

This is a developing story. 

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