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High drama in Cape Town court as alleged underworld figures line up in the dock

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The fiery bail hearing of the seven men alleged to be the masterminds of the deadly takeover of the Cape Town nightclub security racket started on Wednesday.

A contingent of top Cape Town criminal lawyers filled the court room along with dozens of undercover police officers and friends and family members of the accused men who included Nafiz Modack and Colin Booysen‚ younger brother of alleged Sexy Boys gang boss‚ Jerome “Donkie” Booysen.

SAPS Major-General Jeremy Veary - whose ‘Operation Combat’ team was responsible for the arrests - was also present in court‚ flanked by high ranking police officers.

Representing Booysen‚ advocate Pete Mihalik started proceedings by asking acting Cape Town magistrate Selwin Africa to recuse himself from the bail hearing.

Mihalik said that this was because Africa had previously denied bail in a similar case but that the decision was overturned on appeal and that there was a “conflict of interest”.

“Clearly your worship had misdirected yourself and the applicant got bail‚” he said.

He also asked Africa whether state advocate Adiel Jansen had consulted him before court to “orchestrate a postponement”.

This resulted in outrage by Jansen who went as far as threatening personal litigation because Mihalik was attempting to “cast aspersions” on him.
More at: https://www.timeslive.co.za/news/so...leged-underworld-figures-line-up-in-the-dock/
 

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Court orders no clubbing, dining out for two 'underworld' security providers

Cape Town – A security company head, who was also the personal bodyguard of underworld figure Nafiz Modack, may not frequent clubs or go to restaurants in several areas, the Cape Town Magistrate’s Court has ruled.

Mathys Visser appeared in court on Wednesday alongside James de Jager in connection with a charge relating to firearms. Both of them are involved in private security.

They applied for and were granted bail.

Visser and De Jager were arrested on December 15.

This was the same day that Modack, as well as Colin Booysen – who is the brother of suspected Sexy Boys gang leader Jerome "Donkie" Booysen – Jacques Cronje, Ashley Fields, and Carl Lakay were taken into custody.

Modack and his four co-accused are facing extortion charges.

They also appeared in the Cape Town Magistrate’s Court on Wednesday.

Late in 2016 a new grouping, headed by Modack, started taking over the control of nightclub security from a more established grouping.

This takeover has resulted in violence, shootings and several arrests.

Clubs and restaurants deemed 'no go' areas

During the bail application of Visser and De Jager, prosecutor Adiel Jansen said conditions on which they would be released included that they should be prohibited from frequenting or going near any clubs or restaurants in Sea Point, Green Point, the Cape Town city centre, as well as a specific street in Bellville.

Visser, who in another court case was identified as Modack’s personal bodyguard, was granted R10 000 bail, while De Jager was granted bail of R5 000.

The State did not oppose their release from custody.

Health issues

Visser, who briefly took to the witness stand during proceedings, said he had several health problems.

This included a heart attack and a stroke he suffered from afterwards. Visser said he also had high blood pressure and was on several forms of medication.

"I’ll get more sick," Visser said, when explaining what would happen if he remained in custody.

Visser and De Jager are expected back in court in March 2018. Visser is also at the centre of a separate court case relating to a firearm and the Private Security Industry Regulatory Authority.

This case is set to proceed in Bellville in February.

Visser and De Jager took to the dock on Wednesday after Modack and his four co-accused appeared for the extortion matter.

Extortion case

They were meant to apply for bail.

However, the presiding magistrate previously dealt with the bail application of another underworld security figure – Grant Veroni.

Veroni, director of the Bellville-based company Skhosana Maponyane Hall Phillips and Khumalo, trading as The Security Group (TSG), faced two charges relating to the possession of an unlicensed firearm and ammunition.

During his bail application Sergeant Edward Edwardes, who is involved in police investigations of the underworld, testified about alleged crimes involving the nightclub security industry and key figures linked to it.

Edwardes had testified about Modack and Colin Booysen’s alleged involvement in this.

He said two factions were fighting to dominate nightclub security in the Western Cape.

Edwardes had testified that one faction, a new group, included Modack and Colin Booysen.

'Conflict of interest'

It therefore emerged in court on Wednesday that there could be potential conflict of interest if the same magistrate dealt with Modack’s bail application and that of his co-accused, as they had been mentioned in Veroni’s bail application.

The matter was rolled over until Thursday when Modack and his co-accused were expected to apply for bail.

When they were in the dock on Wednesday, several police officers were stationed around the courtroom. Several more were seated outside.

Top cops in court

Major-Generals Jeremy Vearey, André Lincoln and Peter Jacobs were among the police officers present in court.

Each one has taken police management to court in unrelated matters.

Lincoln tried to sue the police minister for R15m for what he said was a malicious investigation and prosecution against him relating to Italian mafioso Vito Palazzolo. In October he was granted leave to appeal the dismissal of the R15m claim.

Vearey and Jacobs, supported by the Police and Prisons Civil Rights Union (Popcru), took a matter relating to their sudden June 2016 transfers within police, to the Cape Town Labour Court.

In August the court set aside their transfers, which they believed were demotions.

However, Jacobs and Vearey have not yet been transferred back to the positions they were previously in.

News24
https://www.news24.com/SouthAfrica/...or-two-underworld-security-providers-20171227
 

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the first article continues:

“I have not approached your worship in chambers. He mustn’t cast aspersions like that. I take exception to that! It is between the state‚ whom I represent‚ and the accused‚ whom their legal council represents. It mustn’t be a personal matter‚” he said.

Modack‚ Booysen‚ Jacques Cronje‚ Carl Lakay‚ Ashley Fields‚ Matthys Visser‚ and James De Jager are all being charged with extortion‚ it is believed‚ in connection with an apparent “disagreement” over a “security contract” at The Grand Cafe in Greenpoint.

The men were all arrested two weeks ago at their homes.

The bail hearing will continue on Thursday when a different magistrate is expected to hear the case.
 
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Murder, rivalry and demands – details emerge in underworld extortion case

Cape Town – Shocking allegations of extortion, including how the refusal to pay protection money led to the murder of a doorman in 2015, were heard by the Cape Town Magistrate's Court on Thursday.

Charl Kinnear, a police colonel who is investigating clashes between groups and related incidents in Cape Town clubs, testified that the June 2015 murder of doorman Joe Kanyona at the popular Beerhouse pub, along Long Street, a party hub in the Cape Town city centre, happened after those managing the establishment refused to pay certain individuals money for security.

Kinnear's testimony highlighted just how long-running and intricate the battle for control and dominance of the nightclub security industry is.He was testifying for the State on Thursday during the bail applications of controversial businessman Nafiz Modack and his co-accused.

Modack, as well as Colin Booysen – who is the brother of suspected Sexy Boys gang leader Jerome "Donkie" Booysen – Jacques Cronje, Ashley Fields and Carl Lakay, face extortion charges.

They are applying for bail following their arrests on December 15.

Modack has allegedly been heading a group of men intent on taking over nightclub security from a more established grouping.

This takeover has resulted in several violent incidents.

Auction altercation

Kinnear on Thursday testified that in 2015 management at Beerhouse refused to pay protection money to one of the co-accused in the current extortion case. He did not name the accused.

After this refusal someone had been sent to stab Kanyona.

Kinnear said more recent club security ructions started following an auction in Parow in March.

He said another controversial businessman, Mark Lifman, had been there and there was an altercation.

During this clash, he said, a man's firearm was stolen. This firearm ended up in the offices of Advocate Pete Mihalik, who Kinnear said asked businessman Andre Naude, who at one point ran a nightclub security company with Lifman, to give him R20 000 in exchange for the gun which could then be given to its owner.

Kinnear said Brian Wainstein had paid the R20 000 for the gun, which was then returned.

News24 previously reported that Wainstein was a convicted international steroid smuggler who was murdered in his Constantia home in August.

On Thursday Kinnear testified that after the auction in Parow, there was an incident outside a strip club in the Cape Town city centre during which the accused "were accosted" and firearms seized from them. That evening, News24 witnessed a group of men with firearms moving around the city centre.These incidents, Kinnear said, had instilled fear into other club owners.

On April 2 a convoy of seven vehicles, including a Porsche Cayenne and a BMW X5, pulled up at The Grand, an establishment in Granger Bay.

Kinnear testified that the extortion charges stemmed from this incident.

He said two men got out the vehicles and told the complainant in the case that they were taking over security at the venue from that day. This despite the establishment already having a security service.

Lakay later returned to The Grand and told the complainant that The Security Group (TSG) would be taking over security operations.

TSG has recently been named in other underworld court cases as being a driving force behind club security takeovers.

Kinnear testified that Specialised Protection Services (SPS) had been providing security to The Grand up until then. SPS, he said, was run by Richard van Zyl.

News24 previously reported that SPS was several years ago run by, among others, Lifman, Naude and Van Zyl.

SPS company directors had at one point also included Colin and Jerome Booysen.

Kinnear on Thursday said the complainant from The Grand had at a later stage met Modack.

He said Modack had asked him: "Are you still working with Andre Naude?"

It previously surfaced in another court case that Modack and Naude were members of different groupings within the security industry.

The complainant had replied that TSG was providing security at the venue.

TSG, Kinnear testified, had then pushed to have The Grand pay the company for an event it wanted to manage there on November 4.

R150 000 'demand for security'

They wanted R150 000 for this.

At one stage management at The Grand was given 39 minutes to confirm that TSG could manage the event for that amount of money.

Kinnear said Stuart Bailey, the operations manager of the Harbour House Group under which The Grand falls, stepped in as the situation progressed.

Bailey wanted to know from the complainant if the event should perhaps be cancelled. "The manager said he feared for the lives of employees so they may as well pay," Kinnear said.

A meeting was then held between, among others, Bailey, Modack, Colin Booysen, Lakay and Cronje.

The TSG representatives wanted R150 000 to manage the event, but were told this was excessive.

"Stuart Bailey said he's willing to go up to R80 000," Kinnear said.

"Nafiz Modack said he would not take anything less than R100 000."

Colin Booysen had then said they should meet in the middle and settle on R90 000 for the event.

"After that no one said a word," Kinnear testified.

Colin Booysen then said he had a more important matter to focus on – a man by the name of Tim, who was in charge of security for the Harbour House Group.

Tim worked for another security company.

Colin Booysen, according to Kinnear, told those at the meeting that Tim needed to be careful because Colin Booysen knew he was "trying to get support from the Flats".

The Grand decided to go ahead and pay TSG.

'Very very important person'

Kinnear testified that one had to make a booking in order to gain entry at The Grand. He said that at 18:00 one evening the complainant received an SMS from Modack saying "he needed to keep a table open for their Advocate Mr Pete Mihalik as he's a very very important person".

The request was granted, despite this not being common practice.

Kinnear said at the beginning of December Lakay sent out an email to club owners telling them that security fees for the month had increased, as had fees for all event coverage.

Modack and his four co-accused were all arrested on December 15.

They were detained at separate police stations that evening for security reasons.

'Withdraw the charges'

Kinnear said on December 16, the day after the arrests, two men had arrived at The Grand.

The complainant was told to inform Bailey to withdraw the charges against the suspects. If this did not happen, the duo would "come cause trouble at The Grand".

Kinnear testified that Modack had also sent an SMS to the complainant, apparently via attorney Bruce Hendricks' cellphone, saying there had been no extortion or threats against anyone.

The complainant had also received phone calls from a woman who said she was Modack's "other mother". Kinnear said the woman repeatedly asked the complainant to see that the charges were withdrawn.

He refused and eventually told the woman that if she kept calling he would refer this matter to police.

The bail application is expected to resume on January 2.
 

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Factors which allegedly fueled underworld murders detailed in court

Cape Town - A spat which started out over demands for VIP seating at a nightclub and an altercation between two men led to two killings linked to underworld activities.

This and revelations about alleged irregularities about the way certain police officers treated controversial businessman Nafiz Modack, and others with ties to him, emerged in the Cape Town Magistrate's Court on Tuesday.

Modack, as well as Colin Booysen - who is the brother of suspected Sexy Boys gang leader Jerome "Donkie" Booysen - Jacques Cronje, Ashley Fields, and Carl Lakay, face extortion charges relating to nightclub security.

They are applying for bail following their arrests on December 15.

On Tuesday Charl Kinnear, a police colonel who is investigating fights in Cape Town clubs, testified during the bail applications that the December 3 murder of a bouncer at Cubana, an establishment in Green Point, was linked to Modack.

Kinnear said Modack and several others had gone to Cubana.

Modack, he said, "insisted" on VIP seating inside. There was none available and Modack was told to sit in the outside seating area.

An argument then broke out.

"The situation became volatile. Two bouncers… were stabbed… After this altercation, (Modack) and the men with him got into their vehicles and left the premises," Kinnear said.

One of the two stabbed bouncers died after making his way into Cubana.

Murder suspect 'relocated by Modack'

Kinnear said the suspected stabber "has been relocated to Johannesburg by Nafiz Modack".

He referred to another murder - that of an employee shot dead in Hotel 303 in November 2016.

Kinnear said Hotel 303, which is situated in Sea Point, belonged to controversial businessman Mark Lifman.

He said there was "an altercation" between Colin Booysen and Lifman.

Colin Booysen had then, according to Kinnear, organised with Fields to "take care of the night manager". The night manager was meant to be attacked and possibly killed.

"Ashley Fields then arranged for the hit and the people was recruited by him (sic)," Kinnear said.

He referred to members of a gang - the Gifteds, as having carried out the murder.

Kinnear also focused on another murder - that of attorney Noorudien Hassan who was killed in Lansdowne on the evening of November 7, 2016.

Ukraine link

After Hassan's murder, Modack had contacted Igor Russol who was in the Ukraine.

Russol was previously based in South Africa and at one stage worked for slain bouncer kingpin Cyril Beeka.

Kinnear said Modack asked Russol to return to South Africa and work for him, doing the same he had done for Beeka.

Modack has been heading a group of men intent on taking over nightclub security from a more established grouping.

Russol, who was provided a plane ticket by Modack, returned to South Africa and stayed in Modack's Plattekloof home.

Kinnear testified about the arrest of Modack and 12 other men in Worcester on November 28 last year. This had to do with the collection of an alleged R22m debt.

He said the Worcester police's acting station commander, a Colonel Smith, had taken control of the matter.

Modack had faced business robbery and assault charges but he and his co-accused in the case had been released on a warning to appear in court.

Their firearms, allegedly used in carrying out the crimes, had not been confiscated.

'Irregular and illegal'

"Irregular and illegal actions had to take place to release the accused," Kinnear said.

He said Smith had told him the police's legal department in Cape Town had ordered the release of the suspects.

Kinnear viewed the whole Worcester investigation as suspicious. He had shared this view with Western Cape Major-Generals Jeremy Vearey, Andre Lincoln and Peter Jacobs. The trio, who have all taken on police management in court for various reasons including being suddenly transferred, were in the court last week when the bail applications started.

The charges against Modack and his co-accused in the Worcester matter were eventually withdrawn.

Kinnear said he believed the complainant dropped the charges as he feared for his life, given the connections Modack and his co-accused seemed to have with police.

Earlier on Tuesday it emerged in court that there was a recording of Modack in a meeting with Major-General Jeremy Vearey and Russell Christopher, a former State Security Agency official who trained with Vearey in the ANC's intelligence structures prior to 1994.

The meeting happened on May 5, 2017.

'The muscle' and 'the gangster'

Kinnear testified on Tuesday that when asked during the meeting how Cronje fit into matters, Modack described him as "the muscle".

When asked the same about Colin Booysen, he had replied: "Colin Booysen is not a businessman, he's just a gangster. He opens his mouth, people are scared."

During the meeting Modack was recorded as saying he deals with high-ranking police and "Tiyo and Mbotho" could help him sort out problems.



He was referring to Major-General Mzwandile Tiyo, the Western Cape's head of crime intelligence, and Major-General Patrick Mbotho, a provincial head of detectives.

Testifying about the "influence" which Modack appeared to have, Kinnear also referred to a meeting Modack had at the One and Only hotel with Northern Cape police commissioner Risimati Shivuri. News24 witnessed this meeting.

The bail application is expected to continue on Wednesday.

News24
https://www.news24.com/SouthAfrica/...underworld-murders-detailed-in-court-20180102
 

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"The situation became volatile. Two bouncers… were stabbed… After this altercation, (Modack) and the men with him got into their vehicles and left the premises," Kinnear said.
This makes no sense. From what I gather, Cubana's security is managed by TSG, so these guys got into an altercation with bouncers working for them? :erm:
 

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Modack allegedly planned to kill businessman Mark Lifman, court hears

Cape Town - Controversial businessman Nafiz Modack allegedly planned to have businessman Mark Lifman and suspected Sexy Boys gang boss Jerome "Donkie" Booysen murdered, the Cape Town Magistrate's Court has heard.

Charl Kinnear, a police colonel who is investigating fights in Cape Town clubs and who has been testifying in the matter since last week, said on Wednesday that Modack had recruited Igor Russol, who at that stage was in the Ukraine.

Russol, who had worked for slain underworld kingpin Cyril Beeka when previously in South Africa, was meant to assist in the takeover of club security.

Booysen, who was the target of apparent hits last year, and Lifman previously helped run a dominant bouncer company in Cape Town.

Meeting

Kinnear said that when Russol had returned to South Africa, he met Modack and several other men at the One and Only hotel.

"Modack told him they intended killing Jerome Booysen and Mark Lifman if they got in contact with them," Kinnear testified.

He said Russol had told him Modack asked him to organise a meeting between him, Booysen and Lifman.

Modack, according to Russol, wanted to make the meeting look like a peace offering.

But they would then kill Booysen and Lifman.

Modack then told Russol that "after he owned everything", he would kill Booysen's brother Colin.

Charges

Modack, as well as Colin Booysen, Jacques Cronje, Ashley Fields, and Carl Lakay, face extortion charges relating to nightclub security.

They are applying for bail following their arrests on December 15.

On Tuesday, Kinnear testified that in a voice recording of a meeting, Modack could be heard saying he worked with “high ranking police officers.”

Modack had also said that "Tiyo and Mbotho" would iron out any problems he faced.

He had been referring to Major-General Mzwandile Tiyo, the Western Cape's head of crime intelligence, and Major-General Patrick Mbotho, a provincial head of detectives.

The meeting he had been present at was during May 2017 and included Major-General Jeremy Vearey, the head of the Cape Town cluster of police who were instrumental in the arrests of the accused in the case, as well as Russel Christopher.

Christopher, who Modack referred to in the recording as Uncle Russel, is a former State Security Agency official who trained with Vearey in the ANC's intelligence structures prior to 1994.

Modack has been heading a group of men intent on taking over nightclub security from a more established grouping.

News24
https://www.news24.com/SouthAfrica/...-businessman-mark-lifman-court-hears-20180103
 

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Krejcir, Lolly Jackson links emerge in Modack bail bid

Cape Town - Czech fugitive Radovan Krejcir’s name has emerged in the bail application of controversial businessman Nafiz Modack, who was apparently meant to collect a R12m debt for him.

Charl Kinnear, a police colonel who is investigating fights in clubs, testified to this in the Cape Town Magistrate's Court on Wednesday.

He said in a recording he had, between Modack and another person who could not be clearly heard, Modack said he "had to do a R12m debt collection for Krejcir."

Murdered strip club owner link

This had to be collected from the wife of murdered Teazers owner Lolly Jackson.

Jackson was shot dead at his Kempton Park home in May 2010.

Kinnear said this debt, according to Krejcir, would then split in half between him and Modack.

This recording was from September 3, 2017.

Modack, as well as Colin Booysen - who is the brother of suspected Sexy Boys gang leader Jerome "Donkie" Booysen - Jacques Cronje, Ashley Fields, and Carl Lakay, face extortion charges relating to nightclub security.

They are applying for bail following their arrests on December 15.

Ukrainian recruit

Earlier on Wednesday Kinnear testified that Modack had recruited Igor Russol, who at that stage was in the Ukraine.

Russol, who had worked for slain underworld kingpin Cyril Beeka when previously in South Africa, was meant to assist in the takeover of club security.

Russol had said that Modack had planned to kill controversial businessman Mark Lifman, Jerome Booysen and then, afterwards, Colin Booysen.

Read: Modack allegedly planned to kill businessman Mark Lifman, court hears

Kinnear said Russol worked for Modack until May 2017. Russol then worked for Lifman.

He testified that Russol, after taking up work for Lifman, spotted a gunman in a club who apparently intended on shooting him.

This club, Iconic Lounge in Long Street in the Cape Town city centre, was owned by Lifman.

'Kill the Russian'

Russol told Kinnear a woman smuggled the firearm into Iconic Lounge and gave it to the man.

Later, after the man was caught, Russol told Kinnear messages from Colin Booysen were discovered on his phone.

The messages, according to Kinnear, said "the person must kill the Russian in the club".

On Tuesday Kinnear testified that in a voice recording of a meeting, Modack could be heard saying he worked with "high ranking police officers".



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Modack had also said that "Tiyo and Mbotho" would iron out any problems he faced.

He had been referring to Major-General Mzwandile Tiyo, the Western Cape's head of crime intelligence, and Major-General Patrick Mbotho, a provincial head of detectives.

News24
https://www.news24.com/SouthAfrica/...kson-links-emerge-in-modack-bail-bid-20180103
 

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“Clearly your worship had misdirected yourself and the applicant got bail‚” Mihalik said.
Seems the defense lawyer has seen the original Star Wars.

[video=youtube;HLLscEU93Vw]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HLLscEU93Vw[/video]
 

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Cape Town - Nafiz Modack planned to wipe out rival businessman Mark Lifman and alleged 26s gang boss Jerome “Donkie” Booysen – as well as his own “partner” Colin Booysen – to run the Cape Town nightclub security business himself.

In sensational testimony in the Cape Town Magistrate's Court on Wednesday, a police investigator also claimed Major-General Jeremy Vearey, the head of the Cape Town cluster of police, was working with the notorious 26s, 27s and 28s gangs.

Vearey was part of a plot to murder lawyer Noorudien Hassen, the court heard.

Hassen, who was gunned down outside his Crawford home in November 2016, counted among his underworld clients alleged 28s gang leader Ralph Stanfield.

In a day of bombshell revelations in court, investigating officer Charl Kinnear continued his testimony against Modack, Colin Booysen, Jacques Cronjé, Ashley Fields and Carl Lakay, who face extortion and intimidation charges.

Read: Five accused of extorting R420k from popular Cape restaurant

The five are applying for bail following their arrests on 15 December.

Kinnear detailed recorded conversations between Modack and a “Serbian”, which Kinnear claimed to be the source of the recently released book, The President’s Keepers, by journalist Jacques Pauw.

Kinnear testified: “Modack said Vearey was working for the 26s gang under Jerome Booysen, for the 27s gang under the leader known only as ‘Red’, and for the 28s gang under Ralph Stanfield. He also claims Vearey arranged the hit on lawyer Noorudien Hassen with Jerome Booysen and Mark Lifman...
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