Po­lice sus­pected of be­ing linked to gang­ster’s mur­der

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - FRONT PAGE - CARYN DOLLEY

AL­LE­GA­TIONS of in­tri­cate un­der­world deal­ings in­volv­ing 28s gang­sters work­ing with po­lice of­fi­cers and con­trol­ling the club scene in Strand have emerged fol­low­ing the ar­rests of three po­lice­men there.

Sources said some po­lice of­fi­cers were so close to gang­sters they would brazenly fre­quent a club in Strand run by 28s mem­bers, even bow­ing to them in greet­ing.

This club, which was re­launched ear­lier this year un­der an­other name, was ap­par­ently a meet­ing place where gun and drug deals were dis­cussed.

At one stage the club was owned by Nathaniel Moses, 32, also known as Nigga, a boss of a fac­tion of the 28s called The Mob­sters. He was mur­dered in Strand in Jan­uary. An af­fi­davit re­lated to Moses’s killing, made by a gang­ster and ap­par­ent ac­com­plice to the mur­der, pointed to po­lice in­volve­ment.

The af­fi­davit claimed a sen- ior po­lice de­tec­tive gave his of­fi­cial hand ra­dio to gang­sters so they could mon­i­tor po­lice of­fi­cers’ where­abouts.

Pos­si­ble du­bi­ous deal­ings in­volv­ing po­lice in Strand sur­faced pub­licly last month when the po­lice­man were ar­rested.

Two other of­fi­cers, one from Parow and an­other from Ma­cas­sar, were also taken into cus­tody.

At the time po­lice spokesman Lieu­tenant-Colonel An­dre Traut said the ar­rests were part of a mam­moth two-year in­ves­ti­ga­tion dubbed Oper­a­tion Ele­phant.

This oper­a­tion, which ini­tially fo­cused on hi­jack­ing and rob­beries in and around Strand, but then turned into an in­ves­ti­ga­tion into po­lice cor­rup­tion, was on­go­ing, and more ar­rests were ex­pected.

This week Traut would not con­firm or deny whether Oper­a­tion Ele­phant also in­volved prob­ing Moses’s mur­der, and po­lice of­fi­cers’ links to 28s gang­sters.

“This of­fice can­not re­spond to spe­cific ques­tions, due to the op­er­a­tional na­ture thereof,” he said.

Moses was shot at least six times in the head out­side a car rental deal­er­ship in Main Road, Strand, on Jan­uary 15.

Po­lice sources said his mur­der, one of the most high-pro­file un­der­world killings in the prov­ince this year, was to edge The Mob­sters out of the drug trade which they were domin- at­ing in sev­eral ar­eas. His mur­der sparked sev­eral other gang shoot­ings around Cape Town.

A Fe­bru­ary af­fi­davit by a self-styled whistle­blower, who was also a 28s gang­ster and told po­lice he was in­volved in or­ches­trat­ing Moses’s killing, fin­gered po­lice of­fi­cers, as well as top al­leged gang king­pins as in­volved in the at­tack.

The whistle­blower’s cred­i­bil­ity has been ques­tioned, but sources said this week po­lice of­fi­cers were sus­pected of be­ing linked to Moses’s killing.

They said po­lice had been work­ing with The Mob­sters, who they said had car­ried out as­sas­si­na­tions to main­tain con­trol of drug and gun trade.

Sources said The Mob­sters had also car­ried out hits for 28s gang king­pin Ge­orge “Geweld” Thomas, who was last year sen­tenced to seven life terms in jail. The whistle­blower’s af­fi­davit, leaked to Week­end Ar­gus, said Moses’s mur­der “was planned to per­fec­tion, right down to the very last de­tails and would most likely end up be­ing an un­solved mur­der”.

“The po­lice of­fi­cers on the pay­roll of an al­leged gang boss al­ready in­formed him about how many ve­hi­cles are on pa­trol in the area where the hit was planned to take place, as well as how many firearms are in the safe at the sta­tion, how many of­fi­cers are on duty in the charge of­fice.”

caryn.dolley@inl.co.za

Nathaniel Moses’s mur­der could end up un­solved.

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