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Jackson murder claim: Cops won’t comment

2011-06-10 11:58

Johannesburg - The police did not want to discuss a Mail & Guardian report that one of its own was being investigated for conspiring to kill strip club owner Lolly Jackson.

"We are not even confirming or denying that there is an investigation against Joey Mabasa," said McIntosh Polela, spokesperson for the Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation (DPCI), on Friday.

Jackson was murdered in Bedfordview, east of Johannesburg, on May 3 last year.

Shortly afterwards police said they were looking for a "George Smith", who had phoned them, told them Jackson was dead, and said he wanted to hand himself in.

Police found Jackson's body, but the man who had called disappeared.

The M&G has previously reported that the official who was phoned was Mabasa, who at the time headed Gauteng crime intelligence, and that Smith, also known as George Louca, had once been a police informer.

Evidence

On Friday, the M&G reported that three separate anonymous sources confirmed there was a probe against Mabasa, and that forensic tests allegedly linked Mabasa's gun to the murder and put him at the crime scene.

Mabasa now works at national crime intelligence.

The reported investigation of Mabasa, by the DPCI, also known as the Hawks, was looking at whether he was involved in the murder of Jackson and whether he was corrupted by Radovan Krejcir, a Czech fugitive now living in South Africa. Krejcir currently faces charges of fraud relating to a medical insurance claim.

The Sunday Times recently reported that Smith/Louca was in Cypress.

"The evidence against Mabasa, the M&G has learned, is based on forensic tests. But circumstantial evidence - not least the 'coincidence' of his having reported his firearm stolen around the time of the murder - has added to the suspicion," the publication said.

Mabasa opened a case at the police station in Rosebank on May 1 last year to say he had been mugged and relieved of his firearm, according to the M&G. But two sources claimed the actual date Mabasa reported the theft was after the murder.

Polela told Sapa Friday's report was just a "minor irritation" in the course of their investigation and because they were not confirming or denying that there was an investigation against Mabasa, it made it difficult for him to respond.

There were, however, ongoing negotiations to bring Louca back to South Africa from Cypress and police were happy with the pace of the investigation.

"These negotiations take time. The wife of Lolly Jackson is probably dismayed at the fact that it is taking so long and we understand her frustration."

Investigation

Beyond that, he said he could not say anything about the investigation.

The M&G also reported that police were investigating corruption allegations against Mabasa.

These related to whether he or his wife Dorcas, from whom he was said to be estranged, received a double cab bakkie from Krejcir.

Dorcas and Krejcir's wife Katarina were reportedly in business together.

The M&G said it understood that the National Prosecuting Authority and the Hawks had spent several months trying to reach a deal with Louca to give evidence against Krejcir and Mabasa.

Comments
  • saabnut - 2011-06-10 12:19

    They CANNOT yet comment, because they are battling to come up with a believable excuse. The top cops are so crooked, they can'even lie straight in bed. Thank you to all those SAPS members who have resisted the ANC style of corruption. To hell with the rest- lock them away, scum!

      kalabafazi - 2011-06-10 12:45

      They're probably running through the Collin's Dictionary in order to come up with some fancy sounding words to include in their comments. Failing that, they shall proceed with the denying and slamming of any reports that will come out in the future.

      jbjoe - 2011-06-10 19:53

      and those are the best candidates for their positions *cough cough*...now imagine the worst

  • saabnut - 2011-06-10 12:21

    My brother was almost jailed for having a firearm stolen- Joey Mabasa got a promotion and a golden handshake. oh, sorry, my boet was white (and honest) and not an ANC card carrying member...

  • stack - 2011-06-10 12:30

    ummm no News 24 he was murdered in Kempton Park, He LIVED in Bedfordview - yeesh bad journalism

  • S Bouttell - 2011-06-10 12:34

    How intriguing - Paul Sullivan might sound a bit rabid when speaking of these matters, but his intel has been bang on the money. Last we heard from him, he clearly mentioned that there were high ranking police involved with this matter, and that his phones were being tapped etc. He made no bone about the fact that he was gunning for the high rankers, as they too were corrupt and were guilty of trying to silence him.

  • Ninja.com - 2011-06-10 13:35

    Cracker killed Cracker, You see investing in Cracker is like throwing your BONO tickets into the jaskei river like Steve "the racist" Hofmeyer

  • Kevin - 2011-06-10 13:36

    In any other country the cop would already be in jail . In South Africa he will eish get another chance.Do you have any idea what Lolly did for the men of South Africa?

      Mishka - 2011-06-10 16:05

      What did he do for the men of South Africa? I wait in anticipation for your reply Kevin.......... and you KNOW you shouldn't keep a lady waiting

      Kikmi - 2011-06-10 16:48

      @Mishka Hell, the buffet menu got me hooked :P

  • Peter - 2011-06-10 13:41

    Well, its not so difficult to ascertain where Mabaso was when Jackoson was killed, as he was phoned on his cell phone by Louca/Smith using Jackson's phone.They just need to pick up the time of the call and triangulate the cell phone towers...Of course Krejcir and Mabaso were involved,it will come out in the end...

      R.Suppards - 2011-06-10 17:38

      Peter, That's too obvious for the KEYSTONE COPS, they couldn't detect a gas leak with a match!!

  • StoneAngel - 2011-06-10 18:20

    I trust that the necessary action - as dished out to the ordinary citizen - by the SAPs (small 's' because there is very little service in many cases - sorry to the guys who do a good job) is being meted out to Joey Mabasa for losing/being relieved of his firearm - one of which is never again being licensed to own/carry a firearm irrespective of the position/job you do.

  • Larry Laffer - 2011-06-11 01:34

    Smoke= fire.....

  • PMG - 2011-06-11 09:20

    Are all the SAPS high brass,murdering,thieving,criminal scum? - I suppose with an ubber general like Cele,what else can you expect?

  • Ojrockstar - 2011-06-11 11:18

    Y ARE WE ALL ACTING SUPRISED AT CORRUPT POLICEMAN... I REMEMBER AN ERRA WHERE THE LAST THING ANY YOUNG BLACK MAN WOULD HOPE FOR WAS TO BE TAKEN BY POLICEMAN.. COZ THEY WOULD NEVER RETURN..THIS IS NOTHING NEW.. IF ANYTHING THIS IS VERY TAMED CORRUPTION..P.S IM NOT CONDONING CORRUPT OFFICIALS.. THEY PISS ME OFF..

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