Nafiz Modack arrested for alleged involvement in Kinnear slaying

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  • Alleged underworld figure Nafiz Modack was arrested in Cape Town on Thursday.
  • His arrest is alleged to be related to the murder of Charl Kinnear.
  • Modack was taken into custody by members of the police's elite Special Task Force.

Alleged underworld boss Nafiz Modack was arrested in Cape Town on Thursday.

Two police sources, who spoke to News24 on condition of anonymity, confirmed the alleged underworld don was arrested by members of the police's Special Task Force alongside the Hawks.

It is believed the arrest of Modack - months in the offing - is related to the murder of Western Cape Anti-Gang Unit detective, Charl Kinnear.

Controversial businessman and alleged underworld f
Controversial businessman and alleged underworld figure Nafiz Modack.

The move by the police comes nearly eight months after the veteran policeman was gunned down near his home in Bishop Lavis. 

Hawks spokesperson Colonel Katlego Mogale confirmed that four suspects, aged between 29 and 49, were arrested by the National Task Team, which was executing six warrants of arrest in the province.

"The arrests follow the cases of attempted murder of an advocate, murder of a police officer as well as gang related extortion, kidnapping and intimidation in the Milnerton area," Mogale said.

"The suspects were noticed by the team in Century View. When the team attempted to stop them, they accelerated with one vehicle, missing one of the members. A high-speed chase ensued and the suspects were cornered at Sable Road and arrested."

Two vehicles were searched and, inside a Mercedes with two occupants, two unlicensed guns were found.

"In the second vehicle, a Toyota Hilux with two occupants, an unlicensed firearm was recovered," Mogale said.

Police Minister Bheki Cele said the "breakthrough must be congratulated, more so because we have always maintained that the murder of Lieutenant-Colonel Kinnear was no random act, but a callous act that's part of a conspiracy which is being exposed by the work of the police".

More arrests were expected, Cele added.

The four suspects are expected in the Cape Town Magistrate's Court on Monday on charges of conspiracy to commit murder, attempted murder, extortion and kidnapping.

Springs debt collector Zane Kilian, who was arrested in connection with Kinnear's murder, will also stand trial for the attempted murder of Cape Town lawyer William Booth following a shooting at his home in April last year.

He is alleged to have pinged the cellphones of Booth and his wife to track the defence attorney's location.

His co-accused in the attempted murder case - Kauthar Brown, Ebrahim Deare and Riyaad Gasant – last week pleaded guilty, while charges were withdrawn against Kim Smith.

According to their plea and sentencing agreement, Brown will serve three years of house arrest, Deare will serve 10 years in prison, and Gasant will serve five years in prison.

The accused faced charges relating to gang activity, as well as charges of conspiracy to commit murder, attempted murder, the illegal possession of a firearm and the illegal possession of ammunition.

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