Kinnear killing: Zane Kilian changes lawyers as case drags on ... and on

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Zane Kilian photographed during a previous court appearance.
Zane Kilian photographed during a previous court appearance.
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  • Murder-accused former rugby player Zane Kilian has fired his lawyers. 
  • His co-accused in the murder of Charl Kinnear are challenging parts of police affidavits submitted during a bail application. 
  • The matter was postponed - again. 

Former rugby player Zane Kilian has terminated the services of the lawyers representing him on the charge that he killed Anti-Gang Unit (AGU) detective Charl Kinnear. 

The bail application of Kilian, Nafiz Modack and others, accused of being part of a massive extortion ring, stalled, yet again, at the Blue Downs Regional Court on Tuesday. 

Kinnear was murdered outside his home in Bishop Lavis, Cape Town, last year. 

Kilian was the first to be arrested - and the case has since grown tentacles, extending to the attempted murder of lawyer, William Booth, the alleged corruption of AGU member, Ashley Tabisher, the kidnap of a finance specialist, and widespread phone location tracking. 

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Modack, Kilian and Tabisher stand accused, along with Jacques Cronje and Ricardo Morgan, as being part of the alleged "enterprise". 

The matter has already been postponed numerous times, including when a previous magistrate was shot and injured at a car wash. 

CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA - MAY 07: Nafiz Modack app
Nafiz Modack during a previous appearance.

National Prosecuting Authority spokesperson Eric Ntabazalila said the State had been ready to present its case on Tuesday. 

However, the State faced yet another interlocutory application. 


The defence was given four affidavits from police officers, but Modack's lawyers argue that some passages in the affidavits are inadmissible.

Charl Kinnear
Anti-Gang Unit senior detective Lieutenant Colonel Charl Kinnear.

"The State was only given the substantive application this morning," said Ntabazalila. "The State will study the application and reply."

The matter was postponed to 5 August. 

In the meantime, a new lawyer has been appointed for Kilian, after the services of his previous counsel, Eric Bryer and Marius Botha, were terminated.  

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