Amanda Watson
News Editor
2 minute read
24 Jul 2014
6:13 am

Krejcir denies, denies, denies

Amanda Watson

It was another afternoon of deny, deny, deny in the South Gauteng High Court during the trial of Czech fugitive Radovan Krejcir on Wednesday.

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

Krejcir and Sandton businessman Desai Luphondo are charged with dealing in drugs, namely 25kg of crystal methamphetamine destined for Australia in June last year.

They face additional charges for allegedly kidnapping and attempting to murder Bhekithemba Lukhele together with former police officers Samuel “Saddam” Maropeng, Nthoroane and Jan Mofokeng; and Siboniso Miya, also in June last year.

Earlier in the day, defense advocate Annelene Van den Heever had tried to use props in court to demonstrate that state witness Bhekizita Khumalo’s version of how he and Doctor had fetched drugs from Luphondo was improbable.

Khumalo described on Tuesday how 25 packages measuring 30cm x 15 cm x 20cm were unpacked from a sports bag measuring 60cm x 30cm x 20cm.

When Van den Heever decided to hold a show-and-tell session in court by demonstrating with parcels matching Khumalo’s description, it soon lead to a head butting session between her and sitting Judge Colin Lamont.

“You have to remember we made an estimation of his estimation,” Lamont said.

“I do not know what the value of your question is.”

Evidence being presented during the trial of Czech fugitive Radovan Krejcir in the South gauteng High Court, sitting in Palm Ridge Magistrates court in Johannesburg 23 July 2014.  Picture: Amanda Watson

Evidence being presented during the trial of Czech fugitive Radovan Krejcir in the South gauteng High Court, sitting in Palm Ridge Magistrates court in Johannesburg 23 July 2014. Picture: Amanda Watson

The advocate, appearing for Krejcir and Luphondo, said that on Tuesday Khumalo had no problem in describing the size of the bag.

“Yesterday he had a huge problem, I don’t know what the point of the cross examination is, I’m going to shortly rule it out of order,”said Lamont.

Van den Heever pressed Khumalo, “Your evidence is 25of those bags came out of a sports bag?”

When he answered yes, Van den Heever showed him a bag of similar dimensions and said she only managed to pack 14 parcels into the bag.

Lamont jumped in again and said it appeared to him that much more could be packed into the bag.

This brought on another argument between Van Den Heever and Lamont until the judge shut it down.

From there Khumalo was put on the defensive again as Van den Heever continued to attack his testimony.

She accused him of giving testimony that varied “markedly” from his statement, made it seem as if he fudged certain detail to suit the case, and only remembered certain things when it suited him.

Khumalo denied all the accusations.

For her part, Van den Heever said Luphondo and Krejcir would deny any of the allegations leveled against them.

The denials continue today.