Correctional services to approach court on Louka's health

2015-04-09 11:17

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Johannesburg - The department of justice and correctional services will file a court application requesting alternative placement for murder-accused George Louka due to his terminal illness.

Spokesperson Mthunzi Mhaga said in a statement the department would apply to court and present Louka's medical condition for a possible alternative placement. The date of the court application was not disclosed.

"He is not a sentenced inmate and his situation is made unique by the fact that he is a foreign national who has a pending case against him".

Mhaga said the National Prosecuting Authority's involvement in the case was critical but that the final decision would be made by the court.

"We have done all we have to do in preparation for that application. We’re just waiting on his lawyers for [more] information on him."

The department was yet to confirm when they would submit the application and to which court they would do so.

According to reports, Louka has been diagnosed with inoperable stage four lung cancer and has been hospitalised with severe breathing problems.

His lawyer Owen Blumberg told eNCA that he was going to approach the courts to have his client released from the Kgosi Mampuru II prison if co-operation was not forthcoming from correctional service authorities so that Louka could spend his last days with his family.


The Hawks said on Tuesday that Louka was in hospital and being looked after by the state.

"So far we have been informed he is not in good condition and the state is looking after him," spokesperson Brigadier Hangwani Mulaudzi said.

"The investigation team has been dealing with this matter since he was diagnosed with cancer and making sure he gets treatment where he is."

He could not say when Louka was admitted to hospital or whether he was in Johannesburg or Pretoria.

"Since last month we've been receiving updates on his condition and we were also interacting with his lawyers."

Blumberg also told Eyewitness News that Louka had great difficulty breathing on Monday.

"There was an attempt to take him to a government hospital but he was refused admission so he was taken back to the current hospital where they are unable to treat him properly," he was quoted as saying.

Blumberg reportedly said that if his client was not moved from the prison hospital before the end of Tuesday he would consider going to the high court.

Murder charge

On Sunday, it was reported that Louka made claims in five affidavits, that Czech fugitive Radovan Krejcir shot Teazers boss Lolly Jackson during a fight over R740 000.

He reportedly claimed Krejcir kicked Jackson after firing the first shot and screamed: "You want to know who I am, I will show you who I am, you fucking cockroach."

He said Jackson begged for his life but Krejcir pumped several more shots into his body.

Louka was extradited to South Africa from Cyprus to stand trial for Jackson's murder.

He appeared in court in February last year on charges of murder and possession of stolen property.

The case was postponed this year after it was revealed that he was dying of lung cancer and was being treated in a secret prison hospital.

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