Unshaven and in leg-irons, Serero was far from his usual dapper self and heaved a great sigh of disappointment when he was remanded in custody at a Pretoria police station to June 2 by Magistrate Simon Radasi.
Serero faces charges of escaping from police custody at the Johannesburg Magistrate’s Court, three counts of robbery with aggravating circumstances, two counts each of unlicensed possession of firearms and ammunition, three counts of theft of motor vehicles and interfering with a police investigation.
He also faces charges for being in possession of hacksaw blades and cellphones during a search of his cell prior to his appearance two weeks ago. He was remanded then for investigating officer Captain Sifiso Xulu to hold an identity parade and to draw his blood.
“All ID parades are now completed and we are still awaiting the result of the DNA analysis,” said public prosecutor Penny Pillay in court yesterday. “So we apply for a further extension pending the outcome of the DNA analysis.”
Attorney Tshega Ntaka, for Serero, said his client wanted to be moved back to Johannesburg. “He said he is not being fed the food he wants. At this point he has a specific diet that he needs.”
At Serero’s previous appearance, he complained that he had been denied medical attention for a “bleeding problem”.
Pillay responded that Serero was a security risk, Serero joins Czech Republic convicted criminal Krejcir, Sandton businessman Desai Lupondo, Siboniso Miya and suspended East Rand Organised Crime Unit policemen Samuel Modise Maropeng, George Jeff Nthoroane and Ian Jan Mofokeng in the dock on charges of kidnapping, assault to do grievous bodily harm and attempted murder.
The charges stem from an alleged R24 million drug deal for 25kg of Tik which were supposed to have been exported to Australia by a corrupt customs official known only as “Doctor”. Doctor, the R24 million and the Tik have yet to surface.
Next week, Serero, Krejcir, Welcome Mafunda, Siboniso Mia, Zodumo Biyela, Jacob Nare and suspended police sergeant Nandi Nkosi appear in Alexandra court on charges of conspiracy to commit murder of Crime Intelligence Colonel Nkosana “Killer” Ximba and Agang parliamentarian hopeful – and private eye – Paul O’Sullivan.
Krejcir launched a surprise fourth attempt at bail in the Palm Ridge Magistrate’s Court in Katlehong, east of Johannesburg, yesterday.