Neighbours gathered to comfort a woman at her home in Ramosadi village in Mahikeng, North West yesterday as she sat and wept because her long-term 32-year-old boyfriend Yuri Thari had been brutally killed. Thari was allegedly killed by some Nigerian druglords.
The deceased died at the Mahikeng provincial hospital after three days of the assault on him, allegedly by the Nigerian druglords who supplied him with the drugs to retail.
Thari’s friends reported that the attack on his life was as a result of failing to pay the druglord his own share of the proceeds after selling the merchandise given to him by the druglord. Results from the autopsy shows that Thari’s cause of death was brain damage after he was hit with a brick .
Prior to his demise, Thari was a vendor who sold fruits and vegetables in town until he was apparently approached by a Nigerian national who managed to convince him to combine his business with selling drugs to the youths of Mahikenghe in order to make more money.
Thari joined the business and started selling small packets of drugs, known as Cat and rock, for R100. At the end, he would pay the druglord half the proceeds. His girlfriend, Motshidisi Modise, said Thari was a breadwinner who not only took good care of her, but also their two daughters.
“We have a seven-year-old and a two-year-old, I do not know how we are going to survive,”
Thari’s death caused a lot of tension in Mahikeng, as residents threw the blame on drug traffickers. A group of angry residents went ahead to hunt down and attack some Nigerian nationals who they believe were also Nigerian druglords.
The attack resulted in the death of a Nigerian national Udoka Ozu while they kidnapped two other Nigerians after they claimed to have found drugs at their homes in Golfview.
Meanwhile, Ozu’s friend Bernard Okoye cried out yesterday that his death “was senseless”.
“He was an educated man and did not deserve to die in that manner. Now we are transporting his body back to Nigeria for burial. He was a good person.”
Spokesman for North West Brigadier Leonard Hlathi said a man has been arrested for Ozu’s murder while no arrest has been made for Thari’s brutal murder, but the police are following a lead on a Nigerian suspect.