Siam Lee Killer accused appears in court

News 24


Durban – The man accused of the murder of 20-year-old Siam Lee appeared in the Durban Magistrate’s Court on Monday in connection with eight charges, including kidnapping.

Cebolenkosi Philani Gift Ntuli, 29, is in custody at the Durban North police station’s holding cells and the case against him as been postponed to February 2 for further investigation.

Ntuli – who wore black-framed eye glasses, a long-sleeved white shirt, navy trousers and black boots without laces – has been charged with kidnapping, murder, unlawful possession of a firearm, unlawful possession of ammunition, reckless or negligent driving, failing to perform duties of a driver after an accident, defeating or obstructing the course of justice, and fraud.

It is alleged that he kidnapped Lee on January 4 outside a house on Margaret Mayton Avenue, Durban North and threatened to shoot her, according to the charge sheet.

Lee’s burnt body was discovered by a farmer in New Hanover.

The accused was arrested for Lee’s murder on January 17.

During his arrest at a residence in Assagay, Hillcrest, he was allegedly found in the unlawful possession of a firearm and 11 live rounds of ammunition.


On the day of Lee’s kidnapping, Ntuli allegedly drove a black Mercedes Viano at high speed and collided into a Ford Ranger on the corner of Margaret Mayton Drive and Hinton Drive.

He did not stop after the accident, it is alleged.

On January 8, he allegedly told police that he was involved in a collision on that day but, according to the charge sheet, the accident took place on January 4.

His fraud charge relates to allegations that he told insurance company OUTsurance that he was involved in a collision on January 8 at Cato Ridge.

The media was not allowed to take Ntuli’s pictures or videos because prosecutor Surekha Marimuthu submitted that Ntuli “possibly” faces additional charges and an identification parade might be conducted.

Magistrate Mohammed Motala ruled that Ntuli’s pictures and videos must not be used in the media.

Brad Nathanson, the private investigator who apprehended Ntuli, had previously told News24 that Ntuli was a biochemist who spoke beautiful English and “hardly the kind of guy you picture committing the crime of this nature”.











  1. Sashica Ramlutch
    January 31, 2018 @ 10:08 am

    Dear Brad and team, congrats and well done on finding Siam’s killer. I now pray that justice is served here in SA. I am also in a problem and been wanting to approach you for a long time. In 2016 my husband’s brother was found murdered. Till this date we have not found the killers and although we think we know who it is we cannot say it. The captain handling his case keeps giving us every excuse and nothing concrete. There are 3 little children involved here and we believe the wife was the master mind to the murder but we cannot say for sure. My brother in law was only 32 years and worked for government, his children didnt deserve this. He was found in Inanda Dam quarry on the 4 June 2016. The Captian is Cpt Singh from Inanda Police Station. I can provide you with more info. Is it possible for you to assist us?


  2. John Childsmith
    February 2, 2018 @ 4:59 pm

    What is the story behind the killing of this poor young lady. There is so much gossip and rumour that she was working on a brothel and so, not that it has any bearing on my opinion. I would just like to know whay this poor child was killed and then burnt. What possesses a person, another human being to do such injustices.


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