Man with links to crim­i­nal un­der­world killed

There have been no ar­rests. We don’t know the mo­tive for the shoot­ing

The Star Late Edition - - NEWS - TANKISO MAKHETHA

GAUT­ENG po­lice yes­ter­day con­firmed the killing of a man who was al­legedly linked to the Joburg crim­i­nal un­der­world.

Ac­cord­ing to po­lice spokesper­son Lieu­tenant-Colonel Lun­gelo Dlamini, Ray­mond “Ra­zor” Bar­ras was shot dead out­side his Kens­ing­ton house yes­ter­day morn­ing.

Dlamini said the po­lice could not con­firm whether Bar­ras was shot in a hit or a hi­jack­ing – noth­ing was taken dur­ing the shoot­ing.

“Po­lice can con­firm that a man was shot in his car while driv­ing out of his home,” said Dlamini. “No ar­rests have been made and we do not know what the mo­tive for the shoot­ing is.”

Dlamini added that Bar­ras was shot sev­eral times in the up­per body.

The 49-year-old was known to have had links to Joburg’s un­der­world and was well known in crim­i­nal cir­cles.

It was un­der­stood Bar­ras was an owner of a car restora­tion com­pany with Faizel “Kap­pie” Smith.

Smith, a self-con­fessed hit­man, claimed to have been party to the killing of min­ing mag­nate Brett Keb­ble in 2005.

Smith, along with Mikey Schultz and Nigel McGurk, en­tered into a plea bar­gain, turned State wit­nesses, and ul­ti­mately did not do jail time.

The trio main­tained Keb­ble was in deep fi­nan­cial trou­ble and asked them to as­sist him in his sui­cide. They were given R500 000 each to kill Keb­ble.

Me­dia re­ports yes­ter­day sug­gested Bar­ras had been dab­bling in the il­le­gal cig­a­rette trade.

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