Surprise turn in Jackson murder trial

2015-04-22 00:00

JOHANNESBURG — George Louka surprised everybody in the Palm Ridge Magistrate’s Court yesterday with his account of what happened on the night Teazers boss Lolly ­Jackson was killed.

The court, sitting as the South Gauteng High Court, was to have heard an application for Louka to be released for medical care because he is in the final stages of lung cancer.

Louka arrived for the hearing in a wheelchair, stifling gurgling coughs and looking pale and thin.

The court heard that people were on standby to buy air tickets so they could accompany him back to his wife and children in Cyprus if the Section 49e application by the Department of Correctional Services was granted.

Judge Geraldine Borchers kept ­asking whether Louka would return to South Africa for his trial for the murder of Jackson and then things took a surprise turn.

After a short break, Louka, with his oxygen tank hissing at his feet, started giving his version of what happened on the night Jackson was murdered, saying it explained why he had fled South Africa originally.

He said there was a meeting at his house between himself, Radovan Krejcir, currently on trial in a separate case, and Jackson.

Battling to speak, but aided by ­interpreter Charles Moloi who ­repeated everything loudly for the ­47-year-old, Louka told his story.

Louka said that an argument ­started between Jackson and Krejcir over an alleged fake money transfer notice that he said Krejcir had given to ­Jackson.

Krejcir allegedly pushed Jackson and then shot him. “Radovan, he put the gun and he shot him,” Louka said.

After that, Krejcir wanted him to get a blanket and dispose of Jackson’s body.

He started moving a car in the ­garage, but in his panic he reversed the car with the boot too close to the garage wall.

Then he saw Cyril Beeka, and he decided to flee.

After he had left he stopped and called police General Joey Mabasa to tell him what had happened.

Mabasa told him to go to the Harbour Cafe in Bedfordview.

He described, in broken English, the call with Mabasa: “Joey Mabasa he tell me ‘George, Radovan will take you out of this problem’.”

Before that he spoke to Krejcir at a garage in Linksfield.

When he went to the Harbour Cafe, he did not see Mabasa. Instead, Beeka and Krejcir came afterwards.

He said the murder of Jackson ­happened on May 3, 2010, the night before Louka’s own stolen ­property case in the Kempton Park Magistrate’s Court.

Krejcir later asked Louka to go back with him to the house, but he refused to go and dispose of the body.

Krejcir had told him to go to a person called Michael at the Nicol Hotel to help him escape, but instead he “slipped’’ over the Mozambique border by putting $1 000 on top of his ID book when he gave it to customs officials. They accepted it and he crossed the border.

From there, he went to Portugal and then to Cyprus.

He said he had already been threatened in Cyprus after Krejcir asked him to become an “agent’’ for receiving and selling drugs. He said that he had refused.

He said he also contacted investigating officer Pieter van Heerden and repeatedly said he would come back to South Africa if the police could guarantee his safety.

He alleged that Mabasa and Krejcir were involved in corruption.

Beeka was murdered in a drive-by shooting in 2011.

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