Kenwyn man shot outside mosque

The Waterloo Road Masjid is on the corner of Waterloo and Blanken roads, Kenwyn.

The Kenwyn community has been rocked by the murder of resident Muhammed Hafiz Furqan Ghulam, 35, who was shot outside the Waterloo Masjid near his home on Saturday evening.

Spokesperson for Lansdowne police, Sergeant Nkululeko Mnyaka said, according to eyewitness reports, the shooter had covered himself with a blanket and when the victim came out of the mosque around 6.50pm, he had shot Mr Ghulam several times.

The Daily Voice quoted an unnamed eyewitness who said he had been walking behind Mr Ghulam when he heard the shots being fired but didn’t immediately know what had happened.

The eyewitness said the shooter had jumped on the back of the bakkie and fled the scene afterward.

Sergeant Mnyaka added that the shooter fled in an old white Toyoto bakkie with the registration number CA911398.

Mr Ghulam was a Pakistani businessman who managed a leather retail store. His uncle, who asked not to be named, came from Johannesburg on Sunday morning to attend his nephew’s janazah. He said the family was in shock.

“We don’t know who could have done such a thing,” he said.

The uncle said that Mr Ghulam had been married and had one child and two stepchildren.

Sergeant Mnyaka said police were investigating the matter and that the motive for the murder was still unknown. No arrests have been made and if anyone can assist with the investigation they can call Crime Stop on 08600 10111.