‘ARMY COLONEL’S’ REIGN of ter­ror

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Agun-tot­ing “honorary army colonel” has been ac­cused of ter­ror­is­ing the res­i­dents of a posh Jo­han­nes­burg se­cu­rity es­tate. Res­i­dents of the es­tate, sit­u­ated in Kemp­ton Park’s ex­clu­sive Glen Marais sub­urb, claim Sam “Prince” Ha­made has il­le­gally oc­cu­pied three houses and gut­ted one. They also claim he shot holes in a neigh­bour’s win­dow re­cently.

This is not the first time Ha­made has raised tem­per­a­tures on the es­tate. About two years ago, City Press re­ported that Ha­made had ar­ranged to be il­le­gally ap­pointed as an honorary colonel of the Reg­i­ment East Rand of the SA Na­tional De­fence Force.

His neigh­bours emerged from their homes one day to find uni­formed sol­diers get­ting out of an army truck, and an ar­moured ve­hi­cle rolling over their man­i­cured lawns. This was in hon­our of the birth­day party of Ha­made’s son.

Ha­made, who is be­ing in­ves­ti­gated for gang ac­tiv­ity by the Hawks, has pre­vi­ously claimed to be a mem­ber of Le­banon’s royal fam­ily – he was born there – a friend of Pres­i­dent Ja­cob Zuma and a “deeply un­der­cover and very valu­able” po­lice agent. He flaunts a fleet of sports cars, among them a Lam­borgh­ini and a Fer­rari.

Now he’s be­ing ac­cused of oc­cu­py­ing three houses at Glen Marais for the past four years after he “hi­jacked” them from an in­sol­vent es­tate.

When the ex­ecu­tor of the es­tate tried late last month to take one of the houses back, Ha­made sent in a team of work­ers who ripped the house apart and re­moved ev­ery fix­ture, door, win­dow and elec­tri­cal ap­pli­ance.

Some of Glen Marais’ res­i­dents, speak­ing on con­di­tion of anonymity, said they’d spot­ted high-rank­ing po­lice of­fi­cers at Ha­made’s home. Among them was a colonel from the Kemp­ton Park Po­lice Sta­tion. The of­fi­cers’ pres­ence has made res­i­dents wary of tak­ing any ac­tion against Ha­made.

Czech “busi­ness­man” and mur­der ac­cused Radovan Kre­jčíř was another reg­u­lar vis­i­tor to Ha­made’s home be­fore Kre­jčíř was ar­rested late last year.

City Press is in pos­ses­sion of cor­re­spon­dence be­tween the trustee of the in­sol­vent es­tate, FNB, to whom the prop­erty is bonded, and se­cu­rity company KGB about at­tempts to evict Ha­made.

Ha­made’s ver­sion of events is that he loaned R1.8 mil­lion to a busi­ness­man who lived on the es­tate and owned four houses there. In 2010, the busi­ness­man went bank­rupt and Ha­made took pos­ses­sion of the houses, even though they were bonded to Absa and FNB.

Ha­made moved into one of the houses and rented the oth­ers out. It’s claimed in cor­re­spon­dence that he hasn’t met the bond re­pay­ments or paid rates, taxes, wa­ter and elec­tric­ity. He also al­legedly owes the body cor­po­rate hun­dreds of thou­sands of rands.

The trustee of the es­tate, Elsje Raut­en­bach, ap­pointed KGB se­cu­rity to safe­guard the house. They put two STRIPPED BARE A team of work­ers al­legedly ripped a house apart and re­moved ev­ery fix­ture, door, win­dow and elec­tri­cal ap­pli­ance RAIS­ING TEM­PER­A­TURES Sam ‘Prince’ Ha­made is be­ing in­ves­ti­gated by the Hawks guards at the premises, but on Septem­ber 24, Ha­made chased them away and started ran­sack­ing the house.

Raut­en­bach con­firmed in emails City Press has seen that Ha­made was re­spon­si­ble for the dam­age. KGB Se­cu­rity said it had photographs of the gut­ted house and planned to open a crim­i­nal case against Ha­made.

The at­tor­ney who acted for the es­tate, Rey­nault Mein­tjies, said in an email City Press has seen that Ha­made wanted R730 000 from FNB to re­pair the house and put back the doors, win­dows and other ap­pli­ances.

“Ob­vi­ously this is ridicu­lous and laugh­able, to say the least. That it amounts to a crime is with­out doubt,” Mein­tjies wrote.

“He fur­ther threat­ened to [de­stroy] the two Absa prop­er­ties in the same man­ner should FNB not agree to the above fees.”

Ha­made said he bought the two houses from Absa this week and had set­tled all the debt.

He said FNB had pre­vi­ously tried to evict him, but he went to court and they were stopped from do­ing so. He said the gut­ted house would now be sold on auc­tion early next month and con­firmed he wanted more than R700 000 from the bank to re­pair it.

He de­nied in­tim­i­dat­ing any­one, telling City Press: “Leave me alone. I just want to live in peace. I don’t want any trou­ble.”

The Hawks, the SANDF, Mein­tjies and Raut­en­bach did not re­spond to re­quests for com­ment.

PHOTO: FACE­BOOK PHOTO: KYLE GUSTAFSON / THE WASH­ING­TON POST

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