2 killed as illicit cigarette trade battle in Cape Town heats up

2017-04-04 10:05
A security guard was killed on Monday in Hanover Park in a cigarette delivery van ambush. Picture: Facebook

A security guard was killed on Monday in Hanover Park in a cigarette delivery van ambush. Picture: Facebook

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Cape Town - A fight to dominate the illicit cigarette trade in Cape Town has seen at least two men killed in three days.

And more violence is expected.

In the latest incident, a 60-year-old security guard was gunned down in Hanover Park when a cigarette delivery van was ambushed.

"The suspects fled with two firearms and cigarettes and are yet to be arrested," police spokesperson Lieutenant Colonel Andre Traut said.

News24 understands that more than a dozen men, in two bakkies and a car, were involved in the heist.

The security guard was killed barely three days after Fancy Boys gang leader Shamiel Eyssen, 45, was gunned down in Bishop Lavis on Saturday, because he was apparently owed money in a major cigarette deal.

Either some or all of the money he was owed was not payed to him and the businessman who was meant to pay it is now on the run, according to sources.

Johannesburg takeover

Eyssen's murder is also apparently linked to a major battle for control of the club security business in Cape Town. He was allegedly linked to an older faction which previously dominated the scene, and which is now being toppled by a newer faction.

The newer faction was on Monday said to be headed to Johannesburg to take over clubs previously dominated by the older faction.

A source with intimate knowledge of what is happening told News24 that four busloads of men travelled to Johannesburg on Monday morning, intent on taking over security operations at the majority of clubs in the centre of the city.

This after they took over security at several clubs in the Cape Town city centre and Table View.

The same figures involved in the club security industry are also operators in the illicit cigarette trade.

According to sources, a cigarette delivery truck was recently hijacked in Woodstock.

They say the businessman now said to be on the run was meant to pay for the stolen loot but either did not pay at all or only paid a fraction of what he was meant to.

Eyssen was therefore, according to sources, killed so that he would no longer have to be paid.

They say his murder has sparked anger within the illicit cigarette trade and more violence is expected.

Warning

Eyssen was recently released from jail.

In 2007 he was convicted of racketeering in a case that marked the first time the Prevention of Organised Crime Act was used to convict anyone for membership of a criminal gang.

Eyssen was a member of a housebreaking syndicate that targeted wealthy homes.

Sources say he was linked to the older faction now being ousted from the club security scene.

The tussle over dominating club security started about a week ago at an auction of two properties in the northern suburbs belonging to businessman Nafiz Modack, who was previously linked to an alleged scam involving luxury cars.

He is apparently the ringleader of the new group which has taken on the old group.

A massive brawl broke out at Modack's second property on auction in Parow last Wednesday.

Controversial businessmen, including Mark Lifman and Andre Naude, who previously ran a nightclub security operation which was shut down as it was not registered as required by law, were present when the altercation took place.

This, particularly Lifman's presence, angered Modack.

"I did warn them u wana take wats mine il take wats yours 2nyt an I dun just that , im no gangster im a businessman and only fear god  no one else [sic],"  Modack had said.

He has told News24 that clubs are being taken over to ensure the safety of patrons and to clamp down on the drug trade.

Read more on:    cape town  |  crime

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.
NEXT ON NEWS24X

Inside News24

 
Watch: Investing in the future through child development

An investment of R32-million into 11 early childhood development centres is changing the future for children in the Northern Cape.

Partner Content
What all investors should know about index investing

Index-linked investments are growing fast in popularity globally, and are growing in size and complexity too.

/World
 

For the love of Corgis!

WATCH: 35 Corgi's to make your day! If they’re good enough for the Queen of England they’re good enough for us.

 
 

Paws

Can we communicate with our pets?
8 great natural remedies for your pet
Buying a puppy? Don’t get scammed!
WATCH: These funny animal videos will make you LOL!
Traffic Alerts
Traffic
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.