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Lolly's 'protégé' feared for his life

2011-09-28 23:16

Johannesburg - Mark Andrews, a former "protégé" and business partner of slain Teazers stripclub boss Lolly Jackson, was heavily in debt and "feared for his life" before he was murdered on Wednesday, Media24 Investigations has learned.

The death of Andrews, 36, is the latest in a series of murders that have rocked the Johannesburg underworld since early last year.

An informed source told Media24 Investigations that Andrews called his parents on Tuesday, saying that he was being "set up" for the murder of Jackson's former lawyer Ian Jordaan, who was killed a week ago, and that he told them he feared for his life

His corpse was found early on Wednesday, just metres from the side of the R59 highway outside Brackendowns on Gauteng's East Rand.

His hands had been bound in front of him with a black cable-tie. He was lying face down in a pool of blood. There was a single gunshot wound to the back of his head.

There was no exit wound. Investigators believe he may have been shot with a low-calibre bullet, possibly a .22.

It is understood the body was discovered by members of the police's tracking unit at about 03:00 as they drove past the murder scene while investigating an unrelated case.

He was wearing white takkies and light-coloured pants, which were caught in the headlights of the police vehicle as it drove past.

It is also understood that Andrews was heavily in debt with "some heavies", and was going to a meeting with them to "sort things out".

Media24 Investigations has reliably learnt that between December 2009 and May this year Andrews had accumulated credit card and other debts of close to R1m, the bulk of which were written off by creditors.

Company records show that since 1996, Andrews had served as a director of at least 20 companies, many of them shelf companies.

Person-of-interest

Andrews was considered a "person-of-interest" by police investigating the apparent kidnapping, ransom and murder of Jordaan whose burnt-out silver double-cab Mitsubishi bakkie was found on its roof under a bridge on the Broederstroom road near Hekpoort outside Krugersdorp last Wednesday.

A corpse, burnt beyond recognition, was found lying on the overturned vehicle's undercarriage.

Media24 Investigations revealed on Sunday that the corpse’s teeth had been smashed out and police are now relying on DNA tests to confirm whether it is in fact Jordaan's body.

Jordaan - a partner at the firm Jordaan & Wolberg Attorneys was last seen alive last Tuesday as he left his office to meet "prospective clients".

Later that day he called his office to say that a man would be arriving to collect his laptop.

CCTV footage from a camera outside the law firm shows a man in a pink shirt, described as being of “West African” origin, arriving at the law firm's offices and leaving with the laptop.

At about midnight on Tuesday, R1.8m was transferred out of Jordaan's trust account into a Bidvest Bank account apparently held by Andrews. The transfer was intercepted and frozen last week.

Andrews' friendship with Jackson ended in a bitter feud and a 2009 court battle over the ownership of the Teazers Cresta branch.

At the time, Jackson claimed  Andrews had "stabbed him in the back" and was "hijacking" a business they had run as partners since 2006.

Andrews argued that the business was his and that the only link was the Teazers name, for which he paid Jackson until he renamed the club Decadence.

Jackson later regained control of the club but prior to his return, Andrews "trashed the place", ripping out light fittings and smashing mirrors in the strippers' changing rooms.

A close friend a Jackson’s told Media24 Investigations yesterday that Jackson  "absolutely hated" Andrews.

* Jackson was shot dead in May last year. Other underworld killings have included the kidnapping and murder of German supercar dealer Uwe Gemballa, the drive-by shooting of Cape Town gangland boss Cyril Beeka, the murder in December last year of Chris Couremetis, a Johannesburg businessman who was shot dead at the Cradle of Humankind after a wedding.

Send tip-offs to Media24's investigations team at investigations@media24.com

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Comments
  • gatvol4corru - 2011-09-28 23:29

    Live by the sword,die by the sword. Now,if only the same will be applied to Juju,Jacob and cronies -- what a wonderful world this can be

      nic - 2011-09-28 23:33

      great minds/fools? :)

      York Hunt - 2011-09-29 07:36

      South Africa is 'thugged out'

      JMan - 2011-09-29 07:43

      @ George.. you call them 'uncivilised' and 'africanized' in one sentence... care to elaborate what you (think you) mean by 'africanized'...?

      Side_Winder - 2011-09-29 08:04

      @ George.... Read more boetie, Russia is ridden with mobb style killings like this. Their politicians are normally connected to some mob. It's just easier in S.A. as the police are pretty tied up investigating other crimes like murder, child rape, rape of pensioners, robberies etc. Strangely enough they mostly happen in TOWNSHIPS knob!!! So before you shout your mouth off about europenans, first circle every article in the paper that involves violent crime, then see what percentage of those articles involves europeans (as perpetrators, not victims), then give a more informed analysis.

      onthefence - 2011-09-29 08:49

      @George - accusations without any fact to back it up, well done buddy, you just won the ignorance award......(just doing a quick check to see if you have won it before - good chance of that)

      Janine - 2011-09-29 09:10

      @George - the Russian mafia is now generally accepted as being the most powerful organised criminal organisation in the world.

      Margaret - 2011-09-29 10:09

      That is what the Bible says. It seems to be true in these cases.

      Sharief - 2011-09-29 10:16

      As far as i know Juju and Zuma has not killed anyone...people are only afaid of Juju and Zuma for what they say,to be honest they only have big mouths,so i dont y South Africans has so much hatred toward these two fools..but then again,most Suth Africans hates each other

      sabc10 - 2011-09-29 13:23

      @george....these underworld criminals living in south africa for generations and elsewhere in the world where they have invaded are extrememly well organised....but sooner or later...its easy come,easy go.

      Ayoba - 2011-09-29 14:30

      @Gatvol4corru, U r gatvol indeed.

      Shukran - 2011-10-01 07:25

      @ Margret What on earth is that supposed to mean?

  • nic - 2011-09-28 23:31

    Something like this can never be justified and is very sad. However, one has to think... Live by the sword........

  • Vela Stardust - 2011-09-28 23:35

    Incident just saved the tax payer some money. One less criminal to feed in jail.

      Alpha! - 2011-10-02 14:21

      One less criminal indeed

  • proudandpink - 2011-09-28 23:40

    Krejovic.

  • ProudlyKgomo - 2011-09-28 23:43

    Enough bloodshed!

  • brendoncarpenter1 - 2011-09-29 00:14

    Mandy Wiener, are you listening? She should write another brilliant book on this!

      Redwine - 2011-09-29 06:15

      Mandy is not available but Anthony will sent you a picture of his.

  • mabsie - 2011-09-29 01:20

    Interesting that one by one Jacksons brothers in arms are being eradicated. I would be very worried if I was a business partner.

  • Ya Beauty! - 2011-09-29 02:13

    Nigerians, Greeks, Russians, to name but a few Nationals well known for the underworld around. TheY world are worse than the two dollar Scum we read about everyday these people need to be stopped....they control the drug world which can get out of hand in SA if these people are not stopped

  • Bill Xhosa - 2011-09-29 03:43

    While all murder is regrettable at least this is understandable. It's the ruthless murders for cellphones and kitchen appliances that I find really abhorant. If this was the only type of murder you had in SA then it would be a rather nice place since only a very very small percentage of the population would have reason to fear.

      rc8000c - 2011-09-29 07:12

      Bill I agree with you 100%, for someone to die for a cell is madness. I've read before a kid was murdered for R5! Shameful

      device - 2011-09-29 12:46

      @BILL XHOSA. It is really insane for people to kill each other over things as meaningless as cellphones. A few years ago someone that i know was murdered over a cell and a few other small items of little value. The person who murdered him was a heavy drug addict and do you know where most drugs come from in SA? they are smuggled into the country by the Joburg underworld crime bosses and their associates. THe point is you cannot easily seperate high level crime and common street thuggery. its all part of the same attack on a societies fabric as one can see in SA.You will never get an SA where only crime bosses are victims of crime because their very existance requires an element of lawlessness in broader society, or else how would they be able to profit.

  • Johan - 2011-09-29 05:38

    Clearly there is an organised crime pattern to this. I for one don't think the police is showing enough visible concern and action. Live by the sword die by the sort is fair enough, but does this not send a message that SAP is not capable of snuffing out organised crime making it a prime target for any gun wielding godfather looking to stake some prime turf? Yes, I know, organised crime is everywhere, but through the decades various other countries had issues with it and assembled specific task teams to break down certain organised crime groups. Seriously SAP, let's see some serious dedicated action and manpower thrown into finding these guys...

      jan.coetzee2 - 2011-09-29 07:32

      Problem is how many high ranking police are involved in this "underground"....

      sniperman - 2011-09-29 09:17

      The problem, I suspect, is that some senior SAPS and ANC officials are totally involved in organized crime. Reminds me of the days living in Kenya under Arap Moi.

  • Ixian - 2011-09-29 06:23

    Carry on boys, the South African movie industry desperately needs some new material.

      PietPompies - 2011-09-29 14:59

      Surely we need good movies not bloodshed.

  • Munks80 - 2011-09-29 06:50

    Even though teazers boss is worm food, he made sure that when he goes there would be a day of retribution for each of his "connections", there will be more.

  • Georgp2 - 2011-09-29 07:24

    And I bet our police are also scared of them. Bring back the hit squads

  • DFSS - 2011-09-29 07:51

    Meng met die semels , dan eet die varke jou.

  • ndosithemba - 2011-09-29 08:02

    This is really a movie that we are reading on papers in SA mafias are dominating..

  • preshen govender - 2011-09-29 08:33

    Pole position

  • Mich - 2011-09-29 09:00

    Wow this is like a soapie...

  • ParaBat1 - 2011-09-29 09:06

    THE POLICE IS TAKING OVER THE ORGENISED CRIME IN THIS COUNTRY. IT STARTED WITH JACKY. NOW THE GENERAL IS IN CHARGE.

  • SkandaalZA - 2011-09-29 09:09

    News24.com 2011-09-28 09:55 "According to Julian Rademeyer of Media24 Investigations, police have confirmed that the body dumped near the R59 highway was that of Andrews. He was shot in the head and his hands were tied behind his back." News24.com 2011-09-28 23:16 "His hands had been bound in front of him with a black cable-tie." News 24 is OBVIOUSLY a quality organisation - the one hand does not know wha the other is doing.

  • Stun Gun - 2011-09-29 09:43

    A .22 ... sounds like a pro.

  • deborah.bergstedt - 2011-09-29 10:14

    Amazing how most of his debt was "written off" by the creditors - how can we achieve this for ourselves? It seems if you owe lots of money to various people it's okay for it to be written off. But for us normal law abiding citizens - we are hounded down like dogs!!! and made to feel like criminals when in reality these people are the criminals.

  • Margaret - 2011-09-29 10:15

    Live by the sword, die by the sword is what is in the Bible. I fear this is not the last of the underworld killings. Retribution knows no limits. We can expect more of this, I'm afraid. I wonder if we will ever be rid of this underworld activity? Not while people defy God and make their own evil rules.

  • Johnny - 2011-09-29 12:36

    love to know who is killing off his mates in a bid to stay ontop or out of the lime light

  • ndosithemba - 2011-09-29 13:15

    "Just one question? According to reports Andrews was under suspicion WHY was he not under surveillance??? Watched???? This is perfect question Cele must answer why Andrew was not under surveillance ? So in shot it means that this is inside job some1 has link the information 2 hitman 2 assassinate Andrew b4 he spills the beans..

  • dofeatsdog - 2011-09-29 13:36

    here's my plot. Jordaan, the lawyer, is a trusted Lolly's man. He know all about Lolly's money. SO he fakes his own death, read: he was burnt beyond recognition and his teeth were smashed out(this is not consistent with other murders in this case), so there no way to confirm that it is him and his girlfriend conveniently calls the cops within hours of his disappearance. Looks like a legit story. So he'll wake up somewhere with all of Lolly's money. He also kills Lolly's partner who may know about the money and may want some of it.

      justice_seeker - 2011-09-29 14:22

      Absolutely agree. I wish I could read the girlfriend's statement. I am sure there will be loopholes in her statement. Something else bothers me - one article atated that he was identified by his clothes. Surely if the body was burnt beyond recognition the clothes would be ashes. I think the lawyer had Andrew taken out.

      PietPompies - 2011-09-29 15:03

      Only a grade R will believe this rubbish.

      debbie - 2011-09-29 15:46

      Idiot!!! Nice movie plot, stop watching movies and maybe try some 'crime & investigation' before you make such stupid comments! Ian Jordaan was an innocent vitim and was set up by forces unknown and much higher up, i know the target was Andrews and Ian was the sucker killed for NO MONEY WHATSOEVER! The banks froze the funds along with my money sitting in that trust account!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Why would Andrews transfer money into an account in his name? He was an idiot but not stupid!!! Look to the police force and higher up, they have so much more to loose!

      justice_seeker - 2011-09-29 16:13

      @ Debbie, surely I am allowed to have my own ( perhaps wrong ) opinion, and not be called an idiot .. ditto for dofeatsdog.I for one hope that Ian isn't dead and that somehow he got away. I don't know him but it sounds as if he was a decent guy. Debbie, is it possible that either Ian or Mark left information "in case " they were taken out ? Furthermore, if Ian was murdered as a "warning " why was he mutilated beyond recognition ? I hope you get your monies back. If Ian was your friend, my sincere condolences. Ok ?

  • Stun Gun - 2011-09-29 14:19

    How about News24 start adding some multimedia to these bloody stories. You have the picture...why dont you post them up?

  • PietPompies - 2011-09-29 14:56

    Focus your attention on the issues at hand.Just leave Juju and Zuma alone.

      Figuerro - 2011-10-02 12:11

      @PietPompies, Good point. These wankers have absolutely nothing to add to this column apart from shouting about JZ and Malema at every opportunity they get .... as soon as they're done with their wanking !!

  • josh - 2011-09-29 15:35

    Does SA have it's very own Vigilante?

  • Boetman - 2011-09-29 15:51

    Not many people will shed tears about the lead characters in this story that have met their fate. They were mostly very bad people. The concern for me is how well they are connected to people in high place. I bet not a single successful procecution will follwo these deaths because of that. We have a true mafia running the country now.

  • Gabri Randall - 2011-09-29 17:17

    There is alot more to this story than meets the eye!A lot of people involved with this tango

  • Nico - 2011-09-29 21:39

    I don't mind if these people kill each other at all. I do mind if the poachers kill these rhinos.

      Robbie - 2011-09-29 22:54

      Well said Nico

  • clintas - 2011-09-30 09:33

    How does this news affect anybody in South Africa?

  • Louise - 2011-10-01 12:48

    Funny the club was renamed "Decadence"... Wonder if things are now decadent enough for them, because frankly, the SAPS can use their energy and resources on more worthy murder cases than this low-life scums.

  • Jakethefatman - 2011-10-02 21:16

    You just have to love this country... More drama & saga than a Hollywood block buster... not the crap some poppy wrote about Keble and the idiots that squealed on each other so they could save their own laurels while frying a black man for loving money… this is the real deal... Now solve it Hawks!!!

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