Gasa's alleged murderer in court today

South Africa
File: A man charged with the murder of Durban businessman Nhlanhla Gasa will appear in court today. Picture: AFP

DURBAN - The 25-year-old man charged with the murder of prominent Durban businessman, Nhlanhla Gasa, 63, will appear in Durban Magistrates' Court on Monday.

Gasa's body was found floating in the Tugela River, in Northern KwaZulu-Natal, last month.

Residents alerted police when they saw the body with multiple wounds.

The suspect was arrested in Groutville, north of KwaZulu-Natal on Saturday.

"The man was believed to be hiding somewhere in the Eastern Cape and came back to Durban on Thursday," Lt-Col Vincent Mdunge said.

"Police followed up leads and they were led to a particular house that the man was believed to be renting. He was arrested on the spot and charged with murder with aggravating circumstances."

Gasa was an associate of President Jacob Zuma, and the father of South African TV personality Noni Gasa.

Last month, police found his burnt-out Jaguar several metres away from where his body was discovered.

Officers then went to his home in Umhlanga, where they found blood stains but no indication that valuables had been taken from the house.

Police confirmed that Gasa was attacked at his house and then taken to the river.

-Sapa

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