2 killed in blast near Eastgate mall

2013-11-12 19:01

Johannesburg - Two people were killed and five others injured when a bomb exploded in Bedfordview near the Eastgate shopping mall on Tuesday afternoon, Ekurhuleni emergency services said.

Eyewitness News reported the blast was at a shop owned by businessman Radovan Krejcir, who is currently fighting his extradition to the Czech Republic where he is facing a prison sentence.

EWN added that the two people killed in the blast were Krejcir associates.

"There is a confirmed explosion. As to what caused the explosion, it is unconfirmed for now," said spokesperson William Ntladi.

"It is confirmed now two people died on scene and three are critically injured. They have been taken to Bedford Gardens Hospital, and the other two with minor injuries."

He said the explosion took place on the corner of Bradford and Nicol roads.

"What we can confirm is the intersection is totally closed to traffic for security reasons."

Police, Ekurhuleni metro police and emergency management services were on the scene, said Ntladi.

Metro police spokesperson Wilfred Kgasago confirmed earlier that the explosion took place at the corner of Bradford and Nicol roads.

He said metro police had no further information at this stage.

Sapa was unable to reach Krecjir on his cellphone.

Attack on Krejcir

Krejcir was the target in July of an apparent bid to kill him outside his Bedfordview office.

"It is alleged that he [Krejcir] arrived at the premises and parked his vehicle," police spokesperson Lungelo Dlamini said at the time.

"As he was leaving the parking spot, an explosive device was detonated from the back of a vehicle, a VW Polo, parked opposite his vehicle."

Krejcir escaped unharmed. The blast, in the parking lot of the Money Point gold and diamond exchange's head office, left several holes in Krejcir's car.

The VW Polo was stolen in Brixton, Johannesburg, in April.

Krejcir said he heard noises, like bullets being fired, from a car he parked next to.

"I managed to get away and saved my life... someone out there tried to kill me," Krejcir told Sapa at the time.

About three weeks earlier, Krejcir's Bedfordview business was broken into and jewellery worth R3m was stolen.

"It is on the same premises where an attempt to kill him was executed. On 3 July, unknown suspects broke into the premises through the roof, cut open a safe, and stole jewellery worth approximately R3m," Dlamini said at the time.

  • DezLee - 2013-11-12 19:11

    Another dust explosion?

      Lorna Murdoch-Eaton - 2013-11-12 20:07

      I cleaned my house really well after the last one!

  • Ben Schutte - 2013-11-12 19:11

    Sho! Somebody wants him dead!

  • Janine Olivier Scorer - 2013-11-12 19:11

    just kick that moron out of the country we dont need trash like him here if he was not in SA we would not have had those three innocent people killed by a bomb

      Kadesh Barnea - 2013-11-12 19:40

      Innocent? Two were associates of Krejcir. Not so innocent, I would venture.

      Lyn Dal Bianco - 2013-11-12 19:54

      You cannot kick him out. His mother paid big bucks to the ANC for the last elections.

  • Simphiwe Wrekonize Tladi - 2013-11-12 19:15

    A bomb??? Ay this man is a trouble magnet! Catch and extradit him,how many people will die on his behalf? How many assinnassion attacks has he escaped this year alone? Ay enough!

      Godfrey Welman - 2013-11-12 22:24

      Agree. However how many suspects did the police booked for "attempted murder" they are the real worry, hitman running around.

  • The planner - 2013-11-12 19:15

    I dont believe a thing! Everyone around this guy gets killed but he survives just all the f*cki*g time? It makes me think that he's trying to divert attention to if he's the target...If indeed this guy was innocent, he should have gone underground for quite some time...No guy would give interviews all the time when he escapes death...this is not a movie but some real life s*it!

      Darrell Dockray - 2013-11-13 07:19

      agree on that hes the luckiest oke alive!!

  • Joel Mabeke - 2013-11-12 19:15

    its not only him theres about over 5 million who are like him. i blame al-shabaab and the mafias.

      Musawashe Moyo - 2013-11-12 19:24

      You blame Al-shabaab coz they say eastgate mall and they say a bomb exploded.

  • Ol Mabaso - 2013-11-12 19:16

    and Security cluster seriously busy defending SECRECY bill...Time to WORK!

      Ol Mabaso - 2013-11-12 19:16

      Condolences to victims families.

  • Andre Marais - 2013-11-12 19:18

    We have no borders anymore. Planes land on military bases because of political connections. If you are not that fortunate to have connections get bribe the official at the border post. Come here with fake drivers documents and kill innocent people. Come with your criminal activities and attract the others from your foreign country to settle the score here and kill innocent SA citizens in the process. All because we have a banana republic with clowns for leaders and a free for all. What a waste of what this rainbow nation can truly be and achieve.

  • Joel Mabeke - 2013-11-12 19:19

    bedfordview its a suburb of mafias .nigerians, chinesse,russians,somalians,palestinians, pakistanis etc .

      Papenfus Koos - 2013-11-12 19:25

      Yep, Joel, very much so. What baffles me, the police knows about all this, but they still carry on with their devilish activities. Beats me.

  • noah.mamba - 2013-11-12 19:19

    It's unfortunate that the isn't mob justice in the surbubs.

  • Mpho PS Mashegoane - 2013-11-12 19:20

    Who is he fooling,he now got two of s.africans dead because he want to convince our weak judical system to skip extradition,why is he still here?who is on his payroll?mafias dont blood miss a bodyguardless punk twice,no way

  • George Pito - 2013-11-12 19:24

    Hey leave them they are cleaning up better than SAPS.

  • Nndivhaleni Costa-Vito Mutsharini - 2013-11-12 19:27

    Why is he not at Lindela Repatriation Centre? Kick that coward out of here.

  • Chimbala Beleshi Chamuchita - 2013-11-12 19:28

    Have they got Krejcir this time around.How many times are they going to miss him?

      Papenfus Koos - 2013-11-12 19:34

      If it is the police aiming at Krecjir, they going to miss all the time

  • Adair Victoria Cross - 2013-11-12 19:28

    This blast was not in Eastgate mall but near it.Bad reporting AGAIN. Time to get rid of the scum that has populated Bedfordview

  • Bhekinkosi Langa - 2013-11-12 19:29

    Maybe it was the MAGOO BOMBER celebrating his nomination to Head IPID as he is well experienced in planting bombs where the boers are a majority.

      Lorna Murdoch-Eaton - 2013-11-12 20:11

      Boers? In the Magoo Pub?

  • William Mohlolo - 2013-11-12 19:30

    Why can't our police take the guy out of the country? They wait for more killings before take any action. The guy doesn't deserve to be here. People blaming other race, read to justify their racist thoughts and ignore the information they are given here.

  • Musa Mazibuko - 2013-11-12 19:31

    Shouldn't Krejcir be at the Lindela Repatriation Centre? We are tired of this mafia, innocent people are getting killed.

  • Jan Grimbeek - 2013-11-12 19:32

    Damn, they missed the real target again **sigh**

  • Lavisto Dogman Mavisto - 2013-11-12 19:33

    SA has become a monster country, more is still to come !

  • Reetseng George - 2013-11-12 19:34

    Jooooo bomb we are in trouble now,special new mall that we have all over in our country,it was drugs thy hv win now bomb

  • Nic Weber - 2013-11-12 19:37

    The mafia don't miss a kill I smell a big fat stinking RAT

  • Anthony Mokoo - 2013-11-12 19:38

    This guy has to be deported,we can't carry on living with a cloud hanging over our heads,innocent civilians will seriously be caught in the firing line of this mafioso.if we want shrien dewani extradited to us in south africa,I reckon we should do the same with Radovan,we are tired of hearing about him weekly.

  • Takalan Solomon Dzhombere - 2013-11-12 19:43

    We will check the footage of these who parked that vw polo then the bastard will be prosecuted without any hesitation#all we need is peace in this country and it doesn't matter if you are from india or america as long as you have citizenship you can stay without any fear.condolence to family of these who were killed#may their soul rest in peace and speed recovery to these who are admitted at hospital

  • Solly Dube - 2013-11-12 19:49

    This man is duduzane zuma's best friend so we can't blame police for not taking action against him and the guptas

      Bra Temogo Hlatshwayo - 2013-11-12 20:13

      Long as he is killing his fellow criminals

  • Solomon Lebelo - 2013-11-12 20:01

    This guy is the defination of death himself,whoever associates with him is assasinated,he must jst be deported before he finishes a whole lot of pple,he escaped tday n there wont be any next time,they r hunting him like a wild animal

  • Liesl Hutchings - 2013-11-12 20:01

    So the East Block mafia are alive and well!

  • Wiseman Moholi - 2013-11-12 20:03

    Clever move for this mafia to avoid extradition. He will be investigated for 30 years. He wont be sent back because hes a prime suspect to all these crimes. Too smart for our sleepy NIA or well connected to ZANC.

  • Vuyo Manisi - 2013-11-12 20:06

    As long as this serb is in this country people will continue being killed

  • Alani Banani Keiser - 2013-11-12 20:06

    He knows exactly who is after him and why...

  • Bongane Zwane - 2013-11-12 20:07

    all these international criminals have found a safe heaven in S.A or Africa. Where's the interpol. These guys have been flipping dirty money ever since in Africa, geesh worse because they always run away from the Taxman always with they international Bank accounts.

  • Patrick Hankey - 2013-11-12 20:13

    show him which border he is not welcome to come back through!

  • Jean-Luc Stanic - 2013-11-12 20:14

    I love the Sopranos ! Can't wait for the next episode !

  • Thoka Mphoka - 2013-11-12 20:14

    This sounds like sky fall 2. This man refuses to die. This does not add up. I think he is taking insurance for a ride at a human price.

  • Botsilo Marupi - 2013-11-12 20:23

    Ah wht can we say only God knows it will come to pass worry nt.

  • Gaeleen - 2013-11-12 20:26

    South African Government what's your problem. Extradite him.

  • Vuyo Manisi - 2013-11-12 20:28

    So far am counting 11 people connected to this mafioso who have been killed. Cryil beeka, lolly jackson, jackson's lawyer, the serb who was killed a few weeks back, the russian killed in cape town a few years back, the beeka witness killed in the cape a few weeks back....list goes on

  • Nkosekhaya Chillie-bite Hompa - 2013-11-12 20:28

    These f+ckn mafias must get the hell out of our community before more innocent people die!!

  • Simon Mwando - 2013-11-12 20:30

    whenever i pass bedfordview,thus dude name always cross my mind! nail him once and for all

  • Rob Martin - 2013-11-12 20:33

    This is how Homeland security screens foreigners of the mafia type into RSA...must have the same credentials as the Government

      Peter Schlebuach - 2013-11-12 21:02

      Rob the current government allowed him in make you think doesn't it

      Rob Martin - 2013-11-13 07:46

      Brothers is arms Peter.

  • Les Mor - 2013-11-12 20:36

    I heard the announcer on the radio call it Deathfordview. I guess that what it is then.

  • Sipho Gift - 2013-11-12 20:45

    South africa has became a mafias haven zoom zoom is a no1 thug we innocent citizen r no longer safe bcoz our country has turn to guptaville state my condolences 2 the family of the deceased & those who r injured

  • Ps Mkasi PM - 2013-11-12 20:51

    Yoooo,im afraid off eastgate now.

  • Ps Mkasi PM - 2013-11-12 20:52

    Yoooo,im afraid off eastgate now.

  • Freddy Khaso - 2013-11-12 21:03

    This Krejir guy have a super natural way to avoid death.

  • Andre Janse van Rensburg - 2013-11-12 21:07

    You cannot have people setting of bombs in a residential area to get rid of a criminal. Lock him up, or moer him out of the country enough is enough.

  • Dipuo Manamela - 2013-11-12 21:18

    Krejicir! The last man standing, I salute u!

      Bro Stan S - 2013-11-12 23:55

      Very stupid and irresponsible comment from a moron!

  • Sentle Innocent - 2013-11-12 21:25

    SA has bcome a play ground for gangsters n terrorists..foreigners nogal!shame on ppl hu must protect us..our intelligency is used 2 spy irrelevent things at da sametym mafias r bombing our country..

  • Siva Pillay - 2013-11-12 21:39

    Ja well south africa is a heaven for criminals people say get him out of the country but da think is we have criminals dat are south african so let's look in our own back yards before we judge people.

  • Ngako Jan Sethosa - 2013-11-12 21:58

    Does the SA govt value it's citizen lives ? A big no!! Does SA govt protect foreign criminals? Yes yes ! Do i feel safe in the president 's hands ?mmm no better stay in the lion's den. Will shop at spaza shops rather than experiencing the kenya debacle!!!