Tuesday, November 29, 2022

Duo sentenced for murder of Gift of the Givers volunteer

Two men have been sentenced to 25 years imprisonment for the murder of the Gift of the Givers volunteer, Amieroodeen Noordien. Noordien, along with three others, were at a tuck shop in Surwood Walk, Hanover Park, on the evening of 19 May 2018, when bulletins rang at them. Twenty-year-old Noordien did not survive.

The Western Cape High Court handed down the sentenced to the duo on Monday, for the hideous crime they committed. 27-year-old Adrian Carelse and 22-year-old Raiden Lekutu were found guilty of murder, attempted murder and the illegal possession of a firearm.

The Western Cape police management welcomed the sentence and commended the investigating officer and the prosecution team for a job well done in securing the sentences.    

 Gift of the Giversn founder, Dr. Imitaz Sooliman, applauded the courts  sentencing

‘’This wonderful news has come too late for Ameerodien's mother, who unfortunately has passed on. Our special thanks goes out to Sergeant de Vries, the late Colonel Charl Kinnear and the anti-gang unit that responded timeously, resulting in the suspects giving themselves up within 72 hours of the killing.’’

Sooliman described Noordien as dedicated.

‘’Ameerodien was a dedicated Gift of the Givers volunteer, who together with other youth, were focused on moving away from the tentacles of criminal gangs to a life of service to those in need, and in the process provide honest earnings (we pay our volunteers in cash and kind) for the wellbeing of their own families.’

PICTURE - Gift of The Givers: Ameerodien Noordien 

‘’We look forward to justice for the hundreds of other families who have suffered a similar fate like Ameerodien. We as a community and a nation have a critical role to play to mould our children and guide them to the right path being exemplary in our behaviour, and identifying fearlessly those within our communities that act with impunity. The only way to end crime is to ensure that we don't produce criminals within our nation,’’ he added.


Done By: Mitchum George

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