South Africa 22.7.2014 10:41 am

Drug dealer takes stand in Krejcir trial

FILE PICTURE: Czech fugitive Radovan Krejcir looks on in the Palm Ridge Magistrates court in Johannesburg 09 June 2014. Picture: Refilwe Modise

FILE PICTURE: Czech fugitive Radovan Krejcir looks on in the Palm Ridge Magistrates court in Johannesburg 09 June 2014. Picture: Refilwe Modise

A new state witness took the stand on Tuesday morning in the trial of Czech criminal Radovan Krejcir at the High Court in Johannesburg, sitting in Palm Ridge.

Bhekizita Khumalo, dressed in a green jacket , jeans, and an orange golf shirt, declined to have his face on television.

Khumalo is testifying under immunity from prosecution.

Not on the original witness list, State advocate Louis Mashiane said in court Khumalo would be testifying about dealing in crystal methamphetamine.

Krejcir, Sandton businessman Desai Luphondo, former East Rand Organised Crime Unit warrant officers Samuel “Saddam” Maropeng, George Nthoroane and Jan Mofokeng, and Siboniso Miya are on trial for kidnapping, attempted murder and dealing in drugs.

The State alleged that in June last year Bheki Themba Lukhele was kidnapped in an effort to recover 25kg of Crystal Methamphetamine worth R24million which was apparently stolen from Krejcir. The drug was allegedly destined for Australia.

So far three witnesses have testified.

Peter Msimango testified he was called by a friend Paul Mthabela, who was connected to Luphondo, to help track the drugs.

Msimango stated he saw Krejcir pour a kettle of boiling water over Lukhele’s head in an effort to extract information as to Doctor’s whereabouts.

Lukele himself testified about how he was held for three days and eventually released when his brother could not be found.

Mthabela has described being called by Luphondo to search for the drugs, and hunting Doctor.

Msimango and Mthabela also testified under immunity from prosecution.

 

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