Kadwa tried to protect family honour

Khanyisile Nkosi

Khanyisile Nkosi

To the outside world, plastic surgeon Anwar Kadwa and his wife Munirah lived a perfect life.

They owned a beautiful house in Johannesburg's Crown North, Mayfair, and spoiled their children Riaz and Nabila.

He was a successful and respected doctor who loved God and his family. She devoted her life to her husband and children.

But what people didn't know was that the couple where on the brink of a divorce. Kadwa told his son he was leaving his wife for another woman.

For seven years, his parents tried to hide their troubled marriage.

Riaz, a staunch Muslim, took it upon himself to protect his family from shame because divorce and adultery are hated in Islam.

Yesterday Riaz told the Johannesburg high court that this was why he covered up his parents' murders on October 5 2005.

Riaz, 24, is on trial for murdering his parents. His sister Nabila, 19, was charged as an accessory after the fact and for defeating the ends of justice.

The state alleges that at about 11pm Riaz, a firearms instructor who holds a black belt in karate, went to his parents' bedroom where he fired six shots at his father as he lay in bed. He then allegedly followed his mother to the bathroom and shot her twice.

His sister, Nabila, and his wife, Nabeela, were in the house when the crime was committed, the state says.

Riaz has denied the charges. He said his mother killed his father before shooting herself.

He broke down and cried as he described how he found his father lying in a pool of blood.

"I've never seen anything like that before. He had blood all over his body and was groaning in pain. He kept saying 'God is the greatest. God is the greatest'.

"My mother was kneeling by the bed on my father's side," Riaz said.

He said his mother was crying. She then stood up and went to the bathroom.

"She kept on saying: 'Riaz, do something'," he said.

He said he picked up the gun and magazine from the floor. He took a gown from his mother's wardrobe and was about to hand it to her when she grabbed the gun and pointed it to her forehead.

"As I tried to get the gun from her a shot went off. I went down on the floor with her, crying," Riaz said. The trial continues.