South Africa 4.9.2015 05:00 am

Krejcir cases stumble while NPA gathers steam

In 1546, John Heywood recorded the idiom “It’s an ill wind that blows nobody good”, and as the country welcomes Spring with the traditional August winds still on the blow, it’s one which holds true for Radovan Krejcir.

The Czech Republic national and co-accused Borislav Grigorov were supposed to conclude their application for bail in the Germiston Magistrates’ Court, east of Johannesburg, on Thursday.

Instead, following the news their advocate Annelene van den Heever was in hospital following surgery to her knee after a fall, the case was postponed to late September.

Krejcir and Grigorov have been trying since July for bail, with their co-accused Siboniso Miya, Nkanyiso Mafunda, and Simphiwe Memela in court as well keeping an eye on proceedings.

Sam “Cripple Sam” Issa was shot at least 30 times in Bedfordview in 2013 over an apparent loan of half a million Rand the State is alleging Krejcir owed Issa.

The State also wants Krejcir’s son Denis to join his father in the box. The problem is Krejcir junior was barred from re-entering South Africa after he went to the Czech Republic for a holiday with Krejcir’s wife Katerina Krejcirova and their young South African born son.

The loan was supposed to be for bail money in a fraud case Krejcir was accused of. Krejcir contradicted the claim by saying his mother Nadezda Krejcirova – the Czech Republic’s 10th richest woman with an estimated worth of R180 million – had paid the money to his lawyers, who offered the prosecution an opportunity to examine their books.

In a related matter, the alleged conspirators to kill State witnesses in the Issa murder trial did appeared in the Johannesburg Magistrates Court today.

Sakhele Victor Bhengu, Miya and Mafunda were remanded in custody until October for further investigation into the allegation they were hired to kill the witnesses.

Miya has featured prominently in all of Krejcir’s cases.

The other knock-on effect of Van den Heever’s surgery means investigators have had ample time, and will have still more time, to go through her phone records which were subpoenaed from Vodacom late last month.

Van den Heever’s attorney Knowles Husain Lindsay confirmed to The Citizen the matter is still pending and he was uncertain when it would go ahead.

Van den Heever used to represent Phumlani Ncube who used to work for Krejcir. Ncube was found dead in Heidelberg in April of 2014 after – police allege – he was given up as a police informer to Krejcir by Crime Intelligence sergeant Nandi Nkosi.

And in October Krejcir, Miya, Zoduma Biyela, Jacob Nare, Mafunda, Nkosi, and Owen Serero will have their turn in the Palm Ridge High Court to defend themselves against charges they conspired to kill forensic consultant Paul O’Sullivan and  Colonel Nkosana “Killer” Ximba.

With a near impossible conviction based on corroborative testimony alone obtained against Krejcir, Sandton businessman Desai Luphondo, former East Rand Organised Crime Warrant Officers Samuel Modise Maropeng, Jan Lefu Mofokeng and Siboniso Miya for the kidnapping and attempted murder of Bhekithemba Lukhele in June 2013, the National Prosecuting Authority is confident the wind at least is blowing in its favour.

Krejcir is planning to appeal his conviction, which is also on hold while Van den Heever recuperates.

 

 

 

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