Rival faction planted cocaine in underworld bust - claims surface

2017-06-20 15:46

Cape Town - The arrest of a key security industry insider for cocaine dealing is the work of rival underworld players who conspired with others including an investigator to set him up, sources insist.

Jacques Cronje, who was previously involved in an illegally operating bouncer company, and who has had run-ins with the law before, was arrested in the city centre on Sunday morning after about 22 packets of cocaine were discovered in the vehicle he was driving.


Cocaine seized in the city centre on Sunday. (Facebook, Cape Town Central CPF)

Police spokesperson Sergeant Noloyiso Rwexana said he was charged with drug possession.

However, a court document listing cases, seen by News24, said he appeared for drug dealing.

Six sources, with ties to the underworld and police matters, have told News24 that Cronje may have been set up and that the cocaine could have been planted.

'Planted cocaine'

Sources say this man had been wearing gloves while Cronje transported him and may have been the one to plant the cocaine sachets.

Anti-drug claims

The new faction, according to an informant linked to this grouping, is intent on ridding the city centre of drugs.

The unconfirmed information he provided was corroborated by other sources.

The 'setup'

Herman said the setup had been organised last week and had involved two businessmen and apparently a police officer.

This man denied involvement in the matter and declined to comment on the record as he said he was not part of what had happened.

Herman claimed the Ukrainian businessman had worn gloves in the vehicle Cronje was driving on Sunday and that about five minutes after getting out of it, police stopped the car and searched it.

Private bodyguard

Cronje was apparently employed as a private security guard to protect a specific person.

Firearms and shootings

The seized firearms - three shotguns, three Taurus pistols, a 9mm Browning and two 9mm Caniks - were tested for links to a shooting in which two men were wounded in Café Caprice on April 17.

The latest ructions in the underworld have resulted in several shootings.

At least three people have been shot in Cape Town establishments since April.

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