Lolly shot after turning on Krejcir
Johannesburg - Police consider Czech fugitive Radovan Krejcir a
“prime suspect” in the murder of strip club boss Lolly Jackson, who was
shot dead in May last year.
City Press has established that
shortly before his death, Jackson was approached to give evidence
against Krejcir as part of an investigation into a multimillion-rand
Police believe that Jackson may have
been killed to silence him and that the alleged trigger man, George
Louka, also known as George Smith, was part of a wider conspiracy.
who vanished for nearly two days just before a police raid on his
house, handed himself over to police early on Friday morning to face
charges of fraud.
Police are also investigating allegations that
Krejcir was tipped off about the money-laundering investigation by the
former head of police crime intelligence in Gauteng, General Joey
Last week City Press revealed that the Hawks were
investigating allegations that Krejcir had “bought” protection from top
crime intelligence officers.
Hawks investigators claimed that
their phones were being tapped, allegedly by crime intelligence
officers, and that the information was being passed back to Krejcir.
week two former business associates of Jackson, speaking on condition
of anonymity for fear of reprisal, told City Press that Jackson was
being offered a section 204 indemnity in terms of the Criminal Procedure
Act in exchange for his testimony against Krejcir and other alleged
members of the money-laundering syndicate.
Jackson was due to be arrested on money-laundering charges just four days before his death.
arrest never took place and Jackson was later shot four times,
allegedly by Louka, who vanished after a late-night phone call to
Mabasa in which he supposedly confessed to the crime.
Turning state witness
interview with City Press this week, crime- buster Paul O’Sullivan
confirmed that he sent a key affidavit on the money-laundering scheme to
Mabasa on February 1 last year.
O’Sullivan, acting as
intermediary, had a number of meetings with Jackson in which he showed
him evidence implicating him in the money-laundering scheme which is
believed to have siphoned more than R10 million out of South Africa.
O’Sullivan was on the verge of convincing Jackson to turn state witness.
to O’Sullivan’s affidavit, Mabasa had agreed during meetings that
discussions and documents “would be treated as top secret and ... for
his eyes only”.
“I have subsequently found out that he also telephoned Krejcir after that meeting and briefed him,” O’Sullivan wrote.
was suddenly transferred from crime intelligence in Gauteng to police
headquarters in Pretoria last year after Krejcir told Media24
Investigations in an interview that he regarded Mabasa as a man he
could turn to “for help in a difficult situation”.
The Mail &
Guardian also revealed last year that Mabasa’s wife, Dorcas, had been a
co-director – along with Krejcir’s wife, Katerina Krejcirova – of a
company called Radlochron.
Contacted on Friday, Mabasa said: “I
don’t want to comment on rubbish.” He said only that he had last seen
Krejcir in April last year.
One of Jackson’s former associates
said on Friday that he believed Jackson met Louka and Krejcir on the
night he was killed, to tell Krejcir he “wanted out” of the
“From what we understand, George wasn’t
the one who shot (Jackson) and George wasn’t alone that night,” one of
the associates said.
“As much as Lolly was a big, strong man, I
can tell you he would have rolled (and become a witness) in the face of
losing everything he had spent his life working for. I think
investigators identified him as the weak link.”