Lolly Jackson protege executed

2011-09-29 00:00

A FORMER business partner and “protegé” of murdered Teazers stripclub boss Lolly Jackson has been executed in an apparent gangland slaying.

It is the latest in a series of murders that have rocked the Johannesburg underworld since early last year.

Mark Andrews (36), who was considered a “person of interest” by police investigating the apparent kidnapping, ransom and murder of Jackson’s former lawyer, Ian Jordaan, a week ago, was shot once in the head. His

Andrews’s corpse was found early yesterday morning a few metres from the side of the Sybrand van Niekerk Freeway (R59) outside Brackendowns.

His hands had been bound in front of him with a black cable tie.

He was lying face down in a pool of blood. There was a single gunshot wound to the back of his head. There was no exit wound. Investigators believe he may have been shot with a low-calibre bullet, possibly a .22.

A source told Media24 Investigations that Andrews called his parents on Tuesday, saying that he was being “set up” for the Jordaan murder.

It is also understood that he told them he feared for his life, was heavily in debt with “some very heavy guys” and was going to a meeting to with them to “sort things out”.

Media24 Investigations has reliably learnt that since December 2009 Andrews had accumulated credit card and other debts of close to R1 million, the bulk of which was written off by creditors.

Jordaan’s burnt-out silver double-cab Mitsubishi bakkie was found on its roof under a bridge on the Broederstroom road near Hekpoort outside Krugersdorp last Wednesday. A corpse “charred beyond belief” was found lying on the overturned vehicle’s undercarriage.

Media24 Investigations disclosed on Sunday that the corpse’s teeth had been smashed out and police are relying on DNA tests to confirm whether it is in fact Jordaan’s body.

Jordaan, a partner at the firm Jordaan & Wolberg Attorneys, was last seen alive last Tuesday as he left his office to meet “prospective clients”. Later that day he called his office to say that a man would collect his laptop. CCTV footage from a camera outside the law firm shows a man in a pink shirt, described as being of “West African” origin, leaving with the laptop.

At about midnight on Tuesday R1,8-million was transferred out of his trust account in a Bidvest Bank account apparently held by Andrews, whose friendship with Jackson ended in a bitter feud and a 2009 court battle over the ownership of the Teazers Cresta branch. A close friend of Jackson told Media24 Investigations yesterday that the “King of Teaze” “absolutely hated” Andrews.

• Jackson was shot dead in May last. Other underworld killings include the supercar dealer, Uwe Gemballa, and Cape gangland boss Cyril Beeka.

investigations@media24.com

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