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Blood Brothers | Gangs, guns and grenades. Inside a tobacco industry death squad
Blood Brothers | Gangs, guns and grenades. Inside a tobacco industry death squad

Sebestian Groenewald had been a constable in the Ekurhuleni Metro Police Department and had served without blemish for 11 years. Stationed in Germiston on the East Rand, the 45-year-old was seconded into the EMPD’s Special Weapons and Tactics Unit – an outfit of highly trained tactical officers.   

Hours after his bullet-riddled body was found near Reiger Park in eastern Johannesburg in April last year, though, detectives discovered an R5 assault rifle - twice stolen from a police armoury - hidden in his car. The weapon was later linked to six murders.

Drawing on impeccably placed sources in law enforcement, court filings and the testimony of gang members, a News24 investigation exposes how Groenewald betrayed the badge of the EMPD, becoming a servant of the underworld. He eliminated his rivals, cementing his family’s power as gang lords.  

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