South Africa 22.7.2014 12:36 pm

Krejcir witness describes how drugs ‘went missing’

FILE PICTURE: Czech fugitive Radovan Krejcir arrives at the Johannesburg High Court sitting at Palm Ridge Magistrate's Court on Monday, 9 June 2014.Krejcir is on trial for kidnapping and attempted murder. His co-accused are Desai Luphondo, Siboniso Miya and Hawks members Samuel “Saddam” Maruping, George Nthoroane and Jan Mafokeng. Picture: Werner Beukes/SAPA

FILE PICTURE: Czech fugitive Radovan Krejcir arrives at the Johannesburg High Court sitting at Palm Ridge Magistrate's Court on Monday, 9 June 2014.Krejcir is on trial for kidnapping and attempted murder. His co-accused are Desai Luphondo, Siboniso Miya and Hawks members Samuel “Saddam” Maruping, George Nthoroane and Jan Mafokeng. Picture: Werner Beukes/SAPA

The fourth state witness in the Radovan Krejcir attempted murder trial on Tuesday described how an alleged shipment of drugs went missing, at the High Court in Johannesburg, sitting in Palm Ridge.

Bhekizita “Sobaba” Khumalo, testifying under immunity from prosecution, said he and his friend “Doctor” went to a block of flats in Kempton Park to meet a man on June 22 last year.

“When I arrived at the entrance to the block of flats, I saw a male person standing there.

“He was standing next to a black bag on the ground. Doctor said we must stop next to the man and then he climbed out and spoke to the man. It was not even five minutes and Doctor came back with the bag. Once inside the vehicle, Dr said, let’s go,” said Khumalo.

He then said they drove to another place he had never been to before but he could see from the houses that the people who lived there ‘had money’.

After Doctor had made a phone call and they followed a white Nissan Navara to a house. Inside the house they opened a bag to reveal 25 rectangles approximately 20cmx15x30cm in size.

He said they left the drugs at the house. Khumalo then dropped Doctor off and went home.

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.

The third witness Paul Mthabela’s testimony was put on hold when advocate Annelene Van den Heever – for Krejcir – subpoenaed the phone records of forensic consultant Paul O’Sullivan and Crime Intelligence Colonel Nkosana “Killer” Ximba.

Ximba has had a ten year relationship with Msimango. They met when they dated sisters at the same time.

 

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