'Underworld' security man facing cocaine charge released on bail

2017-06-23 20:58
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Cape Town - A key security industry insider who was arrested for cocaine dealing earlier this week has been released from custody.

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 Cape Town city centre last Sunday morning, after about 22 packets of cocaine were discovered in the vehicle he was driving.

He appeared in the Cape Town Magistrate's Court on Friday and was released on R4 000 bail.

The case is expected to proceed again later this year.

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

Four of the sources have pointed the finger at members of a rival underworld faction, who they believe are intent on tripping up Cronje and those associated with him.

Bruce Hendricks, of Hassen-Harmse Attorneys, who at the time was legally representing Cronje, on Tuesday confirmed to News24 that his client’s defence was that he was set up.

Cronje was arrested in the midst of an intensifying underworld battle related to the club security industry in the Western Cape.

A newer underworld faction, said to be headed by businessman Nafiz Modack, has been taking over security at nightclubs from an older underworld faction.

This older faction is now said to be striking back.

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