The self-proclaimed “Godfather” of Laudium, Ziyaad Janoo, hit news headlines after being gunned down in Boksburg on Tuesday night. But many people were left wondering who he is, and why he looks so familiar. The Daily Vox rounds up five facts about Ziyaad Janoo that you may not have known.
Ziyaad Janoo, full name Ziyaad Ally Mahomed, was raised in Laudium, Pretoria, by Fatima and Ashraf Ally Mahomed. He initially worked at his father’s jewellery business in Sunderland Ridge before opening the travel agency, Arabian Gulf Travel and Tours.
He married Raeesah Gani in 2007 and the couple have two children. The family live in Claudius, Pretoria.
Its such a pity that not many people got to know him and his heart of gold the way we did… ? We will miss you cuz. Ziyaad Janoo ?
— Naazhim Mahomed™ (@NaazhimM) January 27, 2016
He is known for appearing in the “Chicky Lamba“ video for which he was arrested and charged with the illegal use of a firearm, intimidation and assault. The self-proclaimed “Desperado” of Laudium, Ziyaad was said to have been very wealthy (he mostly said this himself), but also guilty of owing money to many people.
Ziyaad was killed outside the Presley’s Nightclub in Boksburg on the 26th of January. His funeral and burial were held at the Laudium cemetery the next day at 4pm, in accordance with Islamic funeral rites. He was 30 years old.