Radovan Krejcir’s corrupt cop connections come out in the wash

2013-11-28 00:00

RADOVAN Krejcir’s “police handlers” are allegedly also his “runners” who among other duties allegedly smuggled parcels for him past security checkpoints at O.R. Tambo airport.

The Czech allegedly had several police officers on his payroll to do “small jobs”.

• Two of the “runners” — Warrant Officer Jeff Nthoroane (46) and Warrant Officer Samuel “Saddam Mashego” Maropeng (41) from the organised crimes unit of the Hawks in Germiston, appeared in the Palm Ridge Magistrate’s Court yesterday on charges of attempted murder, assault with intent to do grievous bodily harm and abduction.

Nthoroane and Maropeng were arrested on Tuesday in connection with their alleged involvement in the abduction of and assault of Bhekithemba Bhayiloni Lukele on June 25.

Krejcir and Desai Lupondo, his co-accused on charges of attempted murder, assault with intent to do grievous bodily harm as well as abduction, had already appeared in the court on Monday. They allegedly poured boiling water over Lukele’s head.

• In Germiston, Brendan Harrison appeared yesterday in connection with the alleged attempted assassination of Krejcir.

In court Harrison said Warrant Officer David Mothibi had stopped next to the road to allow Krejcir to threaten and question Harrison. A family member of Harrison confirmed this allegation.

More arrests — including high-ranking police officers — are expected shortly.

The fresh wave of allegations about corrupt cops has police on the East Rand despondent, because all of them are now seen as in the pockets of criminals.

“We are not all corrupt or bribeable. Many of us still believe in what we do and that we can make a difference,” said a police officer in Germiston.

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