Krecjir kidnap, torture case continues

By Drum Digital
13 May 2014

Czech businessman Radovan Krejcir back in court with his co-accused

Czech businessman Radovan Krejcir and five others are expected in the High Court in Johannesburg sitting in Palm Ridge on Tuesday as their trial on charges of dealing in drugs, attempted murder, and kidnapping continues.

Krejcir, Desai Luphondo, Warrant Officers Samuel Modise Maropeng and George Jeff Nthoroane, Jan Lefu Mofokeng and Siboniso Miya have pleaded not guilty to the charges.

On Monday, Prosecutor Louis Mashiane called the State's first witness, Peter Vusi Msimango to testify.

Msimango, a businessman from Boksburg, was recruited to help find a man known as "Doctor", who worked at a cargo company at OR Tambo International Airport. Doctor disappeared with 25kg of tik that he was tasked to help transport to Australia in June last year.

The victim, Bheki Lukhele, is Doctor's brother.

Lukhele was picked up at his home in Katlehong and brought to Krejcir's business premises, Money Point in Bedfordview. His hands were bound, a bag was put over his head and he was made to face a wall.

Krejcir, Luphondo, Maropeng, Miya, Mofokeng and two other men took turns to assault the victim, Msimango testified.

They were allegedly trying to extract information from him about where his brother could be found.

Krejcir poured boiling water from a kettle onto Lukhele's head, the court heard.

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