MUT lecturer Chanlall Dwarika

The late MUT Electrical Engineering lecturer. Image: Reaction Unit South Africa.

JUST IN: Body of kidnapped MUT lecturer discovered at Inanda

MUT lecturer Chanlall Dwarika was kidnapped by three men who bought alcohol using his cards before killing him and dumping his body in Inanda.

MUT lecturer Chanlall Dwarika

The late MUT Electrical Engineering lecturer. Image: Reaction Unit South Africa.

The body of kidnapped Mangosuthu University of Technology (MUT) lecturer Chanlall Dwarika has been discovered in Inanda, KwaZulu-Natal on Saturday afternoon.

The 61-year-old who was also known as Shan was kidnapped by three men on Sunday, 28 May on Crow Road in Sea Cow Lake in Durban. 


CCTV footage captured on the day of the incident showed three men forcing Chanlall Dwarika into the rear of his black Honda CRV. The Electrical Engineering lecturer was not seen or heard off since.

On Monday, 29 May, Dwarika’s family reported him missing. 

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Private security, Reaction Unit South Africa (RUSA) spokesperson, Prem Balram said they followed up several leads which resulted in a person of interest in the case being arrested at an informal area in Crow Place in Sea Cow Lake on Wednesday, 31 May. 

Balram said during an interview with reaction officers and SAPS officers, the man was confronted with an identikit of a second individual who was sought for questioning in Dwarika’s abduction. He confirmed that the person was known to him and offered to point out his residence.

MUT lecturer Chanlall Dwarika
Reaction officers during the search for the elderly lecturer’s body. Image: Reaction Unit South Africa.

“Six reaction officers and two detectives from the Greenwood Park SAPS proceeded to an informal area in Springfield Park popularly known as Puntans Hill where the second person of interest was apprehended. He was transported to the Greenwood Park SAPS where he was interviewed.

“The 22-year-old explained that on the afternoon of the abduction he was uplifted from his home by two friends driving the victim’s vehicle. The elderly male was also in the car. 

“They proceeded to several locations. They purchased alcohol using Dwarika’s ATM cards before they murdered him and dumped his body in a bush in Inanda. The suspect could not confirm the exact location as he claimed to have been heavily intoxicated at the time,” Balram explained. 

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MUT lecturer Chanlall Dwarika
One of the suspects apprehended by RUSA and SAPS. Image: Reaction Unit South Africa.

Reaction officers and detectives reportedly transported the suspect to the area in an attempt to locate the scene. However, due to inclement weather and poor lighting the search was called off and resumed on Thursday morning. Once again, the suspect led officers to various locations which yielded no results. 

Balram said on Friday, investigators from the SAPS Provincial Task Team were appointed to assist in the investigation. The team proceeded to Inanda on Saturday afternoon with the 22-year-old suspect and discovered Dwarika’s remains in a bush.

The victim’s vehicle and two additional suspects are yet to be located.