Underworld boss Cyril Beeka murdered in 'hit'

2011-03-21 22:02

Johannesburg - Cape Town alleged underworld boss Cyril Beeka was murdered in a driveby hit in the city on Monday afternoon.

However, police would not confirm the identity of the 49-year-old man gunned down by a motorcyclist on Modderdam Road, Bellville South, at 17:00.

"I am not going to give out identities," Captain Joe Wilson said from the scene after 21:00.

He said two men were travelling west in a silver BMW when a motorcyclist pulled up alongside them just past the entrance to the University of the Western Cape.

The motorcyclist fired several shots at the men in the car.

"The driver lost control of the vehicle," said Wilson. It crashed through the university's fence.

The 36-year-old man driving the car was in a serious condition in hospital.

Wilson would not reveal which hospital or how many gunshot wounds he sustained, only that he was wounded in his upper body.

"The 49-year-old male died on the scene," he said.

That man was believed to be Beeka.

Protection rackets

In 1999, Beeka appeared in court accused of murder. At the time, he was alleged to be a key figure behind protection rackets in Cape Town's clubland.

He also reportedly had National Intelligence Agency (NIA) links and was an informer for the ANC's armed wing, Umkhonto we Sizwe.

Beeka accompanied intelligence boss Mo Shaik to the 2007 ANC elective conference in Polokwane as a minder.

Last year, The Star reported that Beeka saw the prime suspect in the murder of Lolly Jackson on the night he was murdered.

On Monday, Wilson said the motive for the attack was not known, but that the police would investigate the possibility that it was a hit.

"At this stage, we don't have sufficient evidence to say that," he said.

Wilson said it was difficult to determine at this stage what weapon was used in the attack and it was also difficult to tell how many spent cartridges were on the scene as it became dark soon after the shooting.

No arrests had been made.

  • Yoni - 2011-03-21 22:08

    Ye who lives by the sword...

      Mr D - 2011-03-22 00:23

      I think it's a good hit. Well planned and executed. Full marks for the boytie from CT. Not so long ago it was the Russian in Milnerton and now this prick. Maybe it’s time to hit some others that’s so corrupt. But then again not so long ago “we” use to hit our ‘own” remember Coetzee and De Kock….maybe its the 3rd Force…..

      k1dbl4ck - 2011-03-22 00:27

      Mr D... thankfully real intelligence in this world is earned, and those who have earned it, use it wisely against those who decided they are intelligent and use it poorly.

      Zanu - 2011-03-22 08:06

      Mr D Are the "other corrupt ones" you are talking about protected by blue lights, sirens & guns pointing at peaceful tax-paying citizens??

      Meanleader - 2011-03-22 10:23

      Shoe "mr D" I wouldn't encourage hitmen to hit corrupt ANC thugs as you mentioned ,I wouldnt like to propogate proportional response . But at the same time , if I saw someone "doing" acorrupt official , I would turn the other way . And yes , your logic is faultless ... it does follow for vigilantism to thrive when human rights violations are rewarded by mampara ANC comrades . The savings to the country would be very substantial if these criminals were knocked but it would be so wrong . Court fees saved , no one to steal money , no jail maintenance or government bribes to cover up the crime ... and the corruption rate would drop .But the poor criminals have puman rights , and we must respect human rights . But I strongly advise people not to encourage this solution in public .

      Bratt - 2011-03-22 11:06

      @Mr D - what makes you think the hitman was from Cape Town? There are such people called the Russians, who are really good at this sort of thing. Ask Shrien Dewani about Cape Town hitmen... - 2011-03-22 12:32

      What worries me is this never ending intertwine between the Comrades and organised crime

  • Donovan Jackson - 2011-03-21 22:12

    This oke is (WAS) tight with senior police. SAPS = organised crime central.

  • Huck_Finn - 2011-03-21 22:16

    Cyril walks warily down the street, With the brim pulled way down low Ain't no sound but the sound of his feet, Machine guns ready to go Are you ready, Are you ready for this Are you hanging on the edge of your seat Out of the doorway the bullets rip To the sound of the beat Another one bites the dust Another one bites the dust And another one gone, and another one gone Another one bites the dust Hey, I'm gonna get you too Another one bites the dust.............

      Snotty - 2011-03-21 23:18

      good one for the shower!!!

      jacowium - 2011-03-22 06:59

      Just caught myself tapping my feet - thanks!

      Flee - 2011-03-22 09:25

      Dum Dum Dum... Good Morning Tune to get the toes a tapping

      ZAR Minority X - 2011-03-22 10:47

      Sorry to bust your beat Huckleberry... ...but, this is like the lizard’s tail, break one off and two grows in its place...

      dee cox - 2011-03-22 17:36


  • pvanzylconstruction - 2011-03-21 22:20

    My biker got my respect.!!!

      Yoni - 2011-03-21 22:28

      Yeah, what a shot! Sounds like the Boer War, when our manne could shoot straight from a galloping horse's back.

  • Atoombom - 2011-03-21 22:43

    So, is this a loss? This is what happens when corrupt politicians are friends with criminals - the bigger the pie, the more they want. I hope this becomes a gang and ANC war where they take each other out

  • fishycraig - 2011-03-21 22:55

    1 down more to go. At the rate of one crime boss a day getting whacked CT should be free of gangsterism by about the year 5322. Good riddance scumbag.

  • bokfan1 - 2011-03-21 23:20

    SAPS aren't interested in doing their job to bring Lolly's murderers to book so I suppose someone else had to do it.

      Grynch - 2011-03-22 13:05

      I think you are spot on there.

  • afroduckk - 2011-03-21 23:54

    Bet he will have a 'STATE FUNERAL' ... Paid for with the TAX PAYERS money. Next 'Hit' might be Schabir Shaik .....

      Flee - 2011-03-22 08:41

      Afroduckk.... i don't think anyone would want to get near Shaik... think his terminal horrible illness (Stupidity-et-corruptionous) might be contagious...

  • ? - 2011-03-22 02:24

    Shame man, He just completed his LLM degree through UNISA last year and was hoping to lecture at WITS university,and now THIS happens.Life is so cruel and so unfair.

      Mgayi - 2011-03-22 08:14

      wow , did he write a thesis about himself ? Studied Law through Unisa majoring in what CRIMINAL LAW ? He had the memorandum all along mos

      exocist - 2011-03-22 08:49

      now he can lecture in hell

      Yoni - 2011-03-22 19:42

      I guess the theme was: "A focus on the mockery of law and order in modern day South Africa: A case study in how to avoid one's constitutional right to a speedy trial at all cost, with specific reference to Jacob Zuma and Robert McBride". Let us not forget that a doctorate was also awarded by Unisa to that former witchdoctor ruler of Haiti, Mr Aristide.

  • U1 - 2011-03-22 03:46

    What better proof you need to see who are the criminals? another shaik with criminal buddies. And this one is the ni boss? SICK!

  • Mike - 2011-03-22 05:29

    Live by the sword, die by the sword. He got what was coming, may he rot in hell.

  • AntonKingsize - 2011-03-22 05:35

    R.I.p. Cyril, beneath everything you were a good man with a good heart, I saw this on many many occasions. Condolences to your family.

      Roger 01 - 2011-03-22 07:06

      You have to be good outside and inside to make the grade, otherwise it's a FAIL. He was BAD, good riddance!

      Mohammed - 2011-03-22 07:08

      agree 100%

      Flee - 2011-03-22 08:42

      Great Condolences from someone whose name sounds like a porn star... MMMmmm!! He was corrupt and evil...Klaar

      exocist - 2011-03-22 08:52

      you did not see all the other lives he f3##D up one good deed does not cancel out 100 bad ones sorry now his good heart can rot away

      Mo'fire - 2011-03-22 15:24

      Ah here we go...some second rate DJ who likes to hangs with bouncers; cagefighters; dealers; junkies and scoundrels now feels that they can comment on somebody's moral character. Cyril was not a nice person and many lives have been affected by this man. He was ruthless and ran a very tight network of dealers, muscle, extortionists, prostitutes, hit men and general henchman. It's all good until it happens to your sister or a family member right Anton? He will not be missed. Next one to go is Radovan....stick to playing kak tunes, mixing badly and licking all the heavies asses at the jols bro

      nic - 2011-03-22 16:36

      This scumbag was responsible for all the protection rackets in Cape Town. I know loads of people who were harassed and assaulted by his goons back in the day. I've seen them beat up people in clubs so badly that I don't know if they survived or not. There was absolutely nothing good about him and all his F*** cronies.

  • tonytraco - 2011-03-22 05:37

    You South Africans need Jesus Christ in your Life! No man has the authority to take another Life irrespective of his status in the society,crime etc

      jacowium - 2011-03-22 07:05

      I think what we need is a country where people are held accountable for their actions, not imaginary friends, but thank you for your input, Tony.

      Sharief - 2011-03-22 08:10

      no,u need GOD,Jesus is only a servant to GOD,GOD is almighty and no person is bigger than him..1 GOD!!

      exocist - 2011-03-22 08:59

      bullshit, an eye for an eye if soldiers can't kill would you be practicing your religion freely today? for evil to exist all it takes is for good men to do nothing

      MadMatt_88 - 2011-03-24 10:50

      Atheists have the highest IQ's.

  • Ozman - 2011-03-22 05:42

    There's more to this than meets the eye, Government sponsored hit, mate

      exocist - 2011-03-22 09:00

      if so maybe they will hit back at goverment

  • meatusx - 2011-03-22 05:58

    I am sure they got that last bit of the report from the game "Hit Man" Blood exactly the same

  • ArtGee - 2011-03-22 06:24

    Rather strange for this fellow to have such "CLOSE" contacts with members of the Zuma Regime... is it not? He is a KNOWN underworld boss... yet he had close ties with Mo Sheik, more than likely was close to Minister of (UN)Intelligence, Cwele... and obviously Nathi Mthetwa too... Question is: How close was he to the National Police Commissioner Bheki CELEBI? Now WHO'S RUNNING THE COUNTRY??????? CRIMINALS???????? Certainly seems like it!

      Roger 01 - 2011-03-22 07:08

      Been away for a while Art ?

      Fred - 2011-03-22 08:14

      Some years back I was chatting to a guy in the SAPS, security division, he claims the crime syndicates were been controlled by five generals, all members of the SAPS, the question should be who's policing the police? and the answer is quite simple, nobody.

      nic - 2011-03-22 16:32

      You sound surprised? Really? Something to ponder: There is a certain ANC MP who's wife is currently on trial for smuggling cocaine into the country... Coincidence? This scumbag was responsible for all the protection rackets in Cape Town. I know loads of people who were harassed and assaulted by his goons back in the day. There was absolutely nothing good about him and all his F*** cronies. Good riddance.

  • Jakob - 2011-03-22 06:35

    anything from the underworld face the same destiny...

  • louise.minchinton.smith - 2011-03-22 07:06

    RIP. Thoughts to family.

  • igno - 2011-03-22 07:12

    Sounds like a Kebble story, I wonder if Zuma was not involved somehow, and Mbeki.........

  • ruzz - 2011-03-22 07:14

    Anyone thinking Radovan Krejcir??

      ruzz - 2011-03-22 07:22

      Besides, the hit was so close to the airport, i wouldn't be suprised if the hit man is halway back home to the Czech Republic. As usual, there will be not enough evidence to convict...Cele, you better sort this guy out soon or else, you might be next if you dont dance to he's tune.

      Plot Rot - 2011-03-22 09:14

      Jip ! He's next !

  • igno - 2011-03-22 07:16


  • mhlebe - 2011-03-22 07:18

    Skiet hom in die "city holl jackson

  • Johan - 2011-03-22 07:24

    Think bike! Now for the shaiks.

  • jiamalunga - 2011-03-22 07:26

    Why Was He not in Jail?

      exocist - 2011-03-22 09:04

      so we can feed him? better on the outside for hit like this

  • ji - 2011-03-22 07:35

    could not of happened to a nicer guy , well done . next malema , Schabir Shaik ???

  • arlene classen - 2011-03-22 07:43

    While it's true that no-one should seek the death of others, there's no law that says we can't rejoice when human dirt is swept up and tossed out. You would sing a different song if you saw your kid/s twisted with pain, out of their skulls in the madness caused by drug withdrawal. It takes more than Gentle Jesus meek and mild to stand by the coffin of a 14-year-old - your own - and walk away muttering forgivenesses of the perpetrators. The pushers are waiting at the gates of junior schools, with super-baksheesh lawyers in their back pockets, and if this shooting is rough justice, then so be it.

      exocist - 2011-03-22 09:09

      well said ARLENE, these scum are like paresites feeding their families off the misery of others, then their families turn a blind eye to their evils and want to cry big tears at their funerals no sympathy here

      Petunia - 2011-03-22 11:11

      Amen, Arlene. Stand at the grave of your child who died because of addiction and then still ask forgivenes for this scum of the earth.

  • wmutahi - 2011-03-22 07:43

    Chickens coming home to roost?

  • the_truth - 2011-03-22 07:48

    I note on the picture that the SAPS is looking for clues, don't waste your time, you will not find one clue. Like Kebble.....

      Vlooi - 2011-03-22 08:21

      Clues for the new SAPS is wallet and cellphone. Laptop if they're really lucky.

      Logs01 - 2011-03-22 08:49

      SAPS need to find clues, so they can make them disappear. Part of the JOB to protect the "inner circle" & Cadre's

  • munchkin.ross - 2011-03-22 07:51

    Well done guy...

  • Bumblebee - 2011-03-22 08:03

    RIP Shihan, those who judge you did not know you. You fought for this country in hard times. You will be missed, condolences to your family, blood or not.

      SayWhat? - 2011-03-22 08:11

      "You fought for this country in hard times" - And what about the not-so-hard times? He deserved what he got, look at what he was involved with!

      Zanu - 2011-03-22 08:38

      The cost of that BMW X5 in the picture is directly connected to many funerals of young teenagers… I think, with all due respect, this guy is not going to “rest in peace”.

      exocist - 2011-03-22 09:13

      one good deed does not cancell out 100 bad ones, now he can fight for his soul

  • Nigel - 2011-03-22 08:06 is like a movie script.

  • Marulaneng - 2011-03-22 08:08

    why was this guy not investigated by the police since he was "...alleged underworld boss...". Oh, i guess b'cos he "...had National Intelligence Agency (NIA) links and was an informer for the ANC's armed wing, Umkhonto we Sizwe". Shame you ANC!

  • JackMeoff - 2011-03-22 08:17

    Shame...not ! What goes around comes around eh Cyril ?

  • Blip - 2011-03-22 08:18

    Pest extermination?

  • Wendy - 2011-03-22 08:22

    No f... loss

  • Picasso - 2011-03-22 08:28

    Hopefully the assassin read this blog, and if so, repeat after me: Malema, Malema, Malema, Malema, Malema, Malema, Malema, Malema, Malema, Malema, Malema, Malema, Malema, Malema, Malema, Malema, Malema, Malema, Malema, Malema, Malema, Malema, Malema, Malema, Malema, Malema, Malema

  • Johan - 2011-03-22 08:29

    As a journalist I had the privelege of interviewing both Cyril and Lolly - albeit on different occasions a long time ago. They both lived hard, mainly exploiting other people. In Cyril's case ... if you live by the gun you die by the gun. I just wonder how many corrupt cops were under his influence.

      Rob - 2011-03-22 20:28

      It was a privelege?

  • BigMoose - 2011-03-22 08:36

    Underworld boss is now underground, boss.

      Lucky9 - 2011-03-22 10:39

      Good One......

  • Rapier - 2011-03-22 08:37

    The abysmally low level of integrity in politically connected thugs is scary....especially when names like Mo Shaik and Robert McBride are mentioned in the same sentence, and then one starts thinking about people placed in even higher positions, and then WE, the informed are expected to support their somewhat nefarious activities and profligate lifestyles.

  • exocist - 2011-03-22 08:42

    yaahoo another pig bites the dust how about some corrupt pigs

  • Templar - 2011-03-22 09:04

    So another crime kingpin got what he deserved...time to make the circle beeka...

  • device - 2011-03-22 10:26

    it seems that most people on this site are unaware that the guy on the bike was most probably a gangster or racketeer himself. This was not a hit with the intention of ridding the cape of gangsters but rather the conclusion of a serious fallout among thieves. The are hundreds and thousands of young career criminals who have been waiting for an opportunity like this to step in and takeover the power vacuum that the death of Cyril Beeka will create. in the end his death will in fact increase the level of violent crime as criminals compete to take over his empire. That is how organised crime works.

      MasterMind - 2011-03-22 10:36

      obviously missed the headlines last week about PAGAD back on the offensive - SAPS are suffing useless cos they controlled by the clown cANCer, so let the people power in PAGAD sort out the mess...

  • Melly30 - 2011-03-22 10:34

    Good - Now just get the rest of the THUGS...

  • ZAR Minority X - 2011-03-22 10:43

    This is the proverbial ‘tip of the iceberg’ of a vast mafia network that has besieged the entire SA. This is a mafia that extends from Jacob Zuma, through (inter alia) Winnie Mandela, Julius Malema (albeit a small player – little more than a court jester to irritate whites to fall for the obvious red herring to ‘hide the mafia’), the Guptas, the Sheiks, into an international network of thugs, the SAcan police (as ‘gate keepers’ – the reason it is important to keep the SAPS pseudo corrupt) and an ad hoc mass of zombie foot soldiers (eg the Athlone incident). The mafia manifested its tentacles from the highest levels of government at Polokwane 2007. Polokwane 2007 was the single biggest ‘political’ coup in the history of SA – notwithstanding the fact “politics” was merely the vehicle. It has its clutches around the throats of hard-working SAcans in a way that the Apartheid regime could only dream of. Mbeki knows this and attempted to stop it. He was subdued though, as exposing the full extent of what is the reality, would have meant his own gains from the “Arms Deal” would have dealt him a mortal blow... Hell hath no fury, as the nightmare that awaits SA...

      concerned - 2011-03-22 18:33

      athlone incident?

  • cosmic_99 - 2011-03-22 11:13

    sounds like beeka's death is no great loss....

  • Rajty - 2011-03-22 11:28

    Sorry to see you go Sensei...

      Rob - 2011-03-22 20:31

      If you realy are so sorry, why don`t you join him?

  • ilitirit - 2011-03-22 11:32

    People who are rejoicing his death are incredibly naive. Dangerous thugs are now going to be fighting over his "position" in the underworld. Remember what the streets of Cape Town were like in the 90s? Oh yeah, you don't because you guys were either still in primary school, or watching Growing Pains on TV4. If Cyril weren't the one in charge, it would have been Yuri, or some trigger-happy Moroccan or Nigerian thug. Say what you want about Cyril, but he was the kind of guy that preferred settling disputes with his fists, rather than guns. No matter what you think of the man, he was by far the lesser of several evils.

      Rob - 2011-03-22 12:22

      What a relief!

  • Sizwe - 2011-03-22 11:45

    Amazing how honest God fearing people are elated and even jubilant at the loss of a life. We are not here to judge only God can do that, you should go back to church the whole lot of you.

      braveinternetguy - 2011-03-22 16:30

      "We are not here to judge..." Excuse me? more prisons, no more police, no more courts....heck, who are we to judge? Good grief, you are simple minded.

      Janine - 2011-03-22 20:02

      You are judging people by saying that they should go back to church. Remember that some of us don't believe the God fairytale.

      MadMatt_88 - 2011-03-24 10:57

      Well said Janine. Threre are some non-superstitious types here who do not believe in jewish fairytales.

  • michaelx - 2011-03-22 11:58

    I think we are going to see a lot more of these "hits" VIVA ANC, VIVA YOU PIECES OF SHIT,I hope they get you all.TIME FOR THE DECENT PEOPLE TO RULE THIS LAND OF OURS.

  • Rob - 2011-03-22 12:18

    Epitaph God is dead....Cyril Beeka Cyril Beeka is dead.......God