Amanda Watson
News Editor
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24 Jul 2014
3:17 pm

Krejcir trial shifts focus

Amanda Watson

The man at the centre of the case against Radovan Krejcir and five others has taken the stand at the South Gauteng High Court, sitting in Palm Ridge, as the trial shifted its focus on Thursday.

FILE PICTURE: Czech fugitive Radovan Krejcir is seen at the High Court in Johannesburg. Picture: Werner Beukes/SAPA

The State is alleging its fifth witness, Bhekisizwe Doctor Nkosi, stiffed Krejcir and Desai Luphondo in a R24 million crystal methamphetamine deal.

Nkosi’s brother Bhekitemthemba Lukhele was kidnapped by former police officers Samuel “Saddam” Maropeng, Nthoroane and Jan Mofokeng; and Siboniso Miya last year in June.

The focus of the trial has largely shifted from Krejcir to Luphondo.

Lukhele testified how he was taken from his home and kicked and slapped before Krejcir poured boiling water from a kettle on his head in an effort to make him disclose Nkosi’s whereabouts.

The fourth witness, Bhekizitha Khumalo testified how he and Nkosi – while working for Swissport Handling Agency at OR Tambo International Airport – fetched a sports bag containing drugs from Luphondo at a block of flats in Kempton Park.

Khumalo said the drugs were later handed over to a man known only as Morris who was driving a white Nissan Navara at an unknown address, which is the last he saw of them.

Nkosi allegedly gave Khumalo R10 000 at some stage for transporting the bag, and Morris gave him R100 000 for doing the same.

In his testimony, Khumalo said he was given the R100k at a meeting where Luphondo was trying to recover the bag from Nkosi.

However, in his statement, he said that he was paid the money when the drugs were sold.

This questions again where the drugs actually are, as no evidence of them has been introduced, despite the National Prosecuting Authority saying there is a forensic report.

Nkosi is the fourth witness testifying under immunity from prosecution for dealing in and possession of drugs.