Lolly case: Ex-cop probed

2011-06-11 00:00

FORMER Gauteng police crime intelligence head Major-General Joey Mabasa is being investigated as part of the murder inquiry into the killing of Teazers stripclub boss Lolly Jackson, Weekend Witness has confirmed.

Yesterday the Mail & Guardian newspaper reported that ballistic tests allegedly show that the murder weapon used to kill Jackson belonged to Mabasa and that DNA evidence put him at the scene.

But sources close to the investigation — while confirming that Mabasa is being investigated — claim that while the newspaper report is “on the right track”, it “went too far”.

Another source with knowledge of the case told Weekend Witness: “I’m not sure I agree it was Mabasa’s gun that was used to kill him … I believe [Mabasa] could be charged with being an accessory after the fact.”

Mabasa was suddenly transferred to police headquarters in Pretoria last year after Rapport published an interview in which Czech fugitive and alleged mob boss Radovan Krejcir described him as “ a man to whom I could go for help when in a difficult situation”.

At the time the Mail & Guardian also reported that Mabasa’s wife, Dorcas, and Krejcir’s wife, Katerina Krejcirova, were co-directors of a company.

Krejcir, a close friend of Jackson, is on trial for an alleged R4,5 million medical insurance scam.

Mabasa has gone to ground and did not respond to calls and text messages yesterday. He was drawn into the spotlight around the Jackson murder last year when it emerged that George Louca, the man alleged to have shot Jackson, had called him shortly after the killing, claiming responsibility.

Mabasa again made headlines in May last year when police confirmed that his official police service pistol had been stolen during an armed robbery in Rosebank, Johannesburg, on April 30 — three days before Jackson’s murder. South African police officers are issued with a standard 9mm service firearm.

At the time of Jackson’s death some reports suggested that he had been shot with a .22 calibre bullet. But a source with knowledge of the autopsy report said the entrance wounds had a 6mm diameter.

Media24 Investigations reported earlier this year that police are probing Krejcir’s possible links to the Jackson killing and his links to senior police intelligence officials.

Jackson, sources said, had been negotiating a section 204 indemnity in terms of the Criminal Procedure Act in exchange for his testimony against Krejcir and other alleged members of an alleged money-laundering syndicate.

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