Bomb kills two outside Krejcir’s business

2013-11-13 00:00

A BOMB blast that exploded at Radovan Krejcir’s business in Bedfordview yesterday evening marked another sorty in the ongoing battle between the underworld characters on Gauteng’s East Rand.

A special task team comprising investigators from the Hawks and police detectives has been appointed to probe the violence that seem to follow Krejcir everywhere.

From reports at the scene, yesterday’s blast at Krejcir’s Money Point business opposite the Eastgate mall had killed two bystanders and ripped the leg off another.

Clyde Alley (24) was driving past the shop with his four-year-old son when the the bomb exploded a few metres from his car. “I got a fright and immediately raced off. I was so frightened that something would happen to my child because you immediately wonder where the next explosion will happen.”

From what could be ascertained, Krejcir was not in the building.

Brigadier Neville Malila could not confirm his absence for a fact last night. Malila said an unknown man had said “here is a bomb in the bag” shortly before it exploded. “It was about 5.20 pm. We cannot yet say of the man was the bomb planter or a victim.”

It is also uncertain if the injured were employees or clients of Money Point.

National head of detectives, Lieutenant-General Vineshkumar Moonoo, was on the scene last night as the K9 unit searched the area for more explosives.

William Ntladi of the Ekhurhuleni emergency services confirmed that two people had died and three were taken in a critical condition to the Bedford Gardens Hospital. Reports are that one person’s leg was ripped off. Two other bystanders suffered light injuries.

The blast was the latest incident in the violent war that has raged between the alleged underworld dons in Bedfordview for months.

On July 24 Krejcir survived an James Bond-style attack in front of his shop when his car was hit by several rounds of ammunition shot from a dozen barrels built into the grill of a Volkswagen Polo.

Bassam Issa, a Lebanese who was also known as Cripple Sam or Black Sam, was assassinated on October 12 some 300 metres from Money Point. He was shot 34 times with rounds from an AK47 and an R5 assault rife by persons in driving an Audi Q7.

Serbian Veselin Laganin was shot dead in his home at 4 am on November 2, some 300 metres from the spot where Issa was killed. Krejcir arrived in his pajamas at Laganin’s home and said he was a genuine friend and that he was shocked by the murder.

Laganin was allegedly tortured before he was shot.

Word on the street is that Krejcir had fallen into disfavour with his former comrades and had fewer bodyguards due to a lack of ready money.

Since Krejcir arrived in South Africa on a false passport in 2007, people have been dying around him, forensic investigator Paul O’Sullivan said last night. He sharply critised Krejcir’s continued presence in South Africa.

“He does not belong here, at least 12 murders have been linked to him. He is one of the biggest mafia dons in the country,” O’Sullivan said.

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