SOUTH African Secret Service head Moe Shaik said yesterday that the murder of his friend, crime boss Cyril Beeka, has come as a “heck of a shock”. He denied reports that Beeka had been his bodyguard at the ANC’s Polokwane conference in 2007, and said that as a “matter of policy” he could not confirm or deny suggestions that Beeka had worked for the National Intelligence Agency or SASS. Beeka was gunned down by a motorcycle-mounted “hit team” in Bellville in Cape Town on Monday. Shaik said “the manner in which he was killed was terrible. I’m not used to motorbike hits and that kind of thing.” Shaik, whose relationship with Beeka has been a source of controversy, said he was unaware that Beeka had any links to the criminal underworld. “I have heard these rumours, but I didn’t get involved in his businesses. My relationship with him was different. I liked his jovial nature. “I did ask him about [the allegations of criminal links] and he often denied it to me and that was it … “He never asked me to do anything to clear his name; he never asked me for any special favours.” Shaik also denied reports that Beeka — who accompanied him to the ANC’s landmark Polokwane conference in 2007 — had been his bodyguard. “The truth of the matter is that Cyril Beeka gave me a lift to Polokwane. He was my friend and my association with him was absolutely on friendly terms and I know nothing of his business and he knows nothing of what I do.” He said there had been attempts “to discredit me by associating me with this underworld boss thing”, Shaik said, adding that he found it “irritating and deeply offensive”. Indications are that Beeka may have fallen in a bitter turf war that has rocked Cape Town’s ganglands in recent weeks. As speculation mounted yesterday about the motive for Beeka’s killing, a well-placed source told Media24 Investigations that Beeka and his Serbian driver and bodyguard, Sasha Kovasevic, were attacked at about 5 pm, not long after they left the home of a senior Sexy Boys gang boss. A gunman on the back of a motorcycle fired “concentrated” bursts of gunfire at the BMW X5 in which Beeka and Kovasevic were travelling. Beeka died at the scene. Kovasevic is in hospital. Beeka is also understood to have held a meeting two weeks ago at a restaurant in Monte Vista in Cape Town with a leader of the notorious Americans gang to discuss apparent efforts by the Americans to encroach on “territory” in the Cape Town CBD that Beeka regarded as his. A source with extensive knowledge of Beeka’s business activities told Media24 Investigations yesterday that he believed Beeka was the victim of a “fight for turf”. Beeka, who had interests in security companies and ran teams of bouncers, was apparently trying to entrench his “control” over clubs and protection rackets in the Cape Town CBD. But, said the source, the “Americans are trying to infiltrate every area where there is live entertainment and push drugs”. Police would yesterday not publicly speculate on the possible motive for Beeka’s killing. He was closely linked to Czech fugitive and alleged “mob boss” Radovan Krejcir and is named in the police’s ongoing investigation into Krejcir. In an affidavit, Krejcir’s former personal physician, Dr Marian Tupy, states that Beeka and George Louka aka George Smith, the man alleged to have killed Teazer’s boss Lolly Jackson, were illicitly dealing gold and diamonds. Another affidavit, by businessman and gold refiner Juan Meyer, accuses Beeka of conspiring with Krejcir and members of the police’s crime intelligence unit to have Meyer arrested on false criminal charges in a bid to intimidate him. The police are said to be closing in on Krejcir, who was implicated in a R4,5 million insurance fraud last week after Tupy entered into a plea bargain deal with prosecutors to receive a suspended sentence in exchange for his testimony.