Tight security even in death

2011-04-02 16:52

Bouncer-turned-businessman Cyril Beeka, who died in a hail of bullets 12 days ago in a slaying that has all the ­hallmarks of a professional hit, was buried in Cape Town yesterday amid tight security.

Guards with hand-held metal detectors scanned everyone who entered the Good Hope Christian Centre in the Cape Town suburb of Ottery.

Inside the building, burly ushers in dark suits – all ­allegedly members of one of Beeka’s security companies – each with radio receivers plugged into their ears, ­patrolled the aisles.

Journalists attending the ­funeral were asked to register, after which they were ­issued green wrist bands to be able to attend the service.

Police also kept a strong presence in and around the centre and the city’s traffic cops manned all the major intersections to the Plumstead Cemetery, where Beeka was later buried.

Beeka (49) was shot dead on March 21 while travelling in a BMW through Bellville South.

No one has yet been charged with his murder.

Though he was no stranger to the violence of his home city’s sordid underworld, no one made any reference yesterday to his shady past and underworld interests.

Frank Sinatra’s My Way opened the funeral yesterday, while Beeka’s life was depicted through photographs shown on large screens.

Paying tribute to his brother, Jonathan Beeka said he had “a natural flair for fighting”, achieving his black belt in karate in only four years.

“He was truly larger than life,” he said.

Beeka (49) was also ­described as a dedicated ­family man who was fiercely ­protective of his four children – three daughters and an 11-month-old son.

Beeka’s name allegedly ­appears on a “hitlist” police found when they raided Czech businessman Radovan Krejcir’s home in Joburg last week.

Krejcir is in custody facing fraud charges.

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