AS POLICE forensics specialists continued to comb the scene of Tuesday s bomb blast at Radovan Krejcir’s business, the South African Revenue Service (SARS) was seizing the alleged gang boss’s assets.
Official papers were served late on Friday afternoon as the taxman seized property, including his Bedfordview house, and shares in several companies registered in the name of his wife, Katerina Krejcirova. Several of his luxury vehicles were also attached, including a Lamborghini and a Porsche.
Krejcir is one of 16 respondents to an attachment order that allows the court-appointed curator to sell all his assets to settle a tax debt to SARS.
The amount of the debt is not specified in the order, but informed speculation puts it at between R59million and over R100-million.
The Pretoria High Court appointed Sechaba Trust’s Murray Cloete to manage the attached assets. Krejcir has until December 2 to say why the order should not be made final.
Krejcir believes the bomb at his Money Point shop in Bedfordview in Ekurhuleni, Gauteng, was meant for him. It could be that his life was saved because he was late for a meeting at the shop.
His associates Jan Charvat and Ronnie Smith were killed, and three members of the business’s staff are in intensive care at hospital. Only relatives are allowed to visit them; they re said to be in a critical condition.
No arrests have been made and we can’t say if Radovan was the target,” said police spokesman Brigadier Neville Malila.
Gauteng Premier Nomvula Mokonyane s spokesman, Thebe Mohatle, said Mokonyane had nothing to say about the bombing and spate of murders, despite fears of the possibility of a wider mafia-style war erupting in the province.
Don’t be pulling the premier into things that don’t concern us. Call the police and [Minister of Police] Nathi Mthethwa,” said Mohatle.
Residents going about their business on Friday said they didn’t want to hear about Krejcir.
No, we don’t know this man; we don’t know why he is here. We are not involved and don’t want to be involved, said an elderly woman before hurrying along.
Another resident, Ashley Bezuidenhout, said she wasn’t particularly worried.
I’m not going to stop my life because of some gang wars.
I’m concerned as a resident, but life goes on. I’ve lived here for many years and I won’t be afraid,” she said.
A petrol attendant at a nearby service station said he had feared for his life since the shooting nearby of Bassam Issa last month.
Coming to work now is a worry. I have to look over my shoulder. I don’t want to be shot by accident by these gangsters. I heard the shots and I was afraid,” he said.
Opposite Money Point is Bedford Montessori nursery school.
A teacher who gave her name as Marla said that whoever set off the bomb only metres from a building full of children had no regard for life.
Many of the children have been absent since Tuesday’s explosion.
The normally buzzing Harbour restaurant, which Krejcir is said to frequent, had only a handful of customers seated for lunch.
A waiter becomes agitated when Krejcir’s name comes up.
That man doesn’t come here any more.
Everyone is asking about him and we are tired of these questions. The owner is also tired and won’t answer you,” he said abruptly.
Management at Bedford Centre mall said business had not been affected by the blast and management at Eastgate mall, which is opposite Money Point, said it would respond to queries about security this week.
DA ward counsellor Michelle Clark said residents had asked her to organise a petition to get Krejcir out of Bedfordview and out of the country. Once the petition has been worded properly and signed, we will take it to parliament,” she said.
But Krejcir says he is going nowhere. He told Talk Radio 702 that private investigator Paul O’Sullivan was tarnishing his good name.
O’Sullivan has welcomed the SARS decision to attach Krejcir’s assets. I am very excited that his HE arrived in South Africa from the Seychelles in 2007 on a fake passport with the name Egbert Jules Savy.
He was arrested on an Interpol red notice and claimed he was tortured in his home country and was a victim of political conspiracy. He was convicted in absentia in the Czech Republic on charges of tax fraud.
Krejcir is married to Katerina and they have two sons. He settled in Bedfordview in a mansion on Kloof Street.
Krejcir, Jason Domingues and Veselin Laganin were arrested in February last year on charges of armed robbery and fraud. Those charges were later dropped.
Charges against Krejcir in another case, involving a R4.5million insurance claim, were provisionally withdrawn.
He is also embroiled in a legal battle to fight attempts by the Czech government to extradite him.
He has applied for refugee status in South Africa and will appear again in court on December 8.
At least seven of his associates, including Laganin, have been assassinated in underworld-style killings, but he has never faced a charge or been arrested for any of these crimes.
He has denied all allegations against him. world is falling apart and I am pleased that I gave a helping hand,” he said. I hope he goes to prison and after he has served time here the government must send him back to the Czech Republic to serve more time for his crimes there.” Additional reporting Mzwandile