'Hit list' surfaces following shooting of bouncer boss in Springs

2017-09-21 13:01
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Cape Town – An apparent hit list with the names of several underworld figures on it has surfaced following the shooting of a bouncer boss in Springs on Wednesday night.

News24 understands investigators are aware of the list. The authenticity and origins of it are being probed.

On Wednesday night, the bouncer boss was wounded at a fast food chicken outlet in Springs.

Two men in a white BMW allegedly approached him while he was in his Ford bakkie.

One jumped out of the BMW and shot him several times.

It is understood that he was in a serious condition in hospital on Thursday.

Police were not immediately able to provide comment on the shooting.

A similar shooting took place in Bedfordview, also outside a fast food chicken outlet, about a week ago.

In the Bedfordview incident, which happened on September 12, a man was sitting in his car when a gunman opened fire on him before running away.

These shootings come as underworld violence related to the takeover of nightclub security, which started up in Cape Town earlier this year, spreads to Johannesburg.

For a detailed breakdown on what has been happening in the underworld, see News24's showcase Underworld Unmasked here.

Controversial businessman Nafiz Modack is heading a group intent on taking over nightclub security in both Cape Town and Johannesburg.

He is said to also have his sights set on Durban.

Modack is allegedly taking over security operations from a more established grouping.

Tensions relating to the underworld started brewing in Johannesburg earlier this year.

Shootings and clashes

On July 6, alleged 28s gang boss Ralph Stanfield was wounded in a drive-by shooting in Melrose.

On September 7, two groups of men clashed at Emperors Palace Casino in Kempton Park.

After that, several moves were made to apparently take over the security of certain Johannesburg clubs.

Modack, who moves between Cape Town and Johannesburg, was recently in Johannesburg.

According to several sources with intimate knowledge of the matter, Modack headed the recent moves to take over certain bouncer operations in Johannesburg. He was also said to be creating a security company there.

News24 was supplied with photographs of Modack outside some clubs. 

Last week, asked if he was involved in the Emperors Palace incident, he told News24: "We outnumbered their VIP protection security at Emperors." 

Claims of intelligence-driven operation

Several sources with knowledge of the underworld have questioned whether the takeover of club security is being orchestrated by intelligence operatives.

On Tuesday, Police Minister Fikile Mbalula said he knew of rogue elements within the police's crime intelligence unit.

To try and quash these, he met the heads of the unit last week and gave them specific tasks to perform.

Asked by News24 on Tuesday if he was in any way linked to the "rogue elements" that Mbalula referred to, Modack replied: "Not at all AN will never be [sic]."

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