Booy­sen’s sus­pected would-be mur­derer head­ing to court

Weekend Argus (Sunday Edition) - - NEWS - WEEK­END AR­GUS RE­PORTER

TO­MOR­ROW a man ar­rested for pos­ses­sion of a stolen ve­hi­cle al­legedly in­volved in an at­tempt to mur­der sus­pected gang leader, Jerome “Donkie” Booy­sen, 50, will ap­pear in court.

The 39-year-old was ar­rested af­ter a fight broke out in a ward at Bel­lville Melomed Hospi­tal, where Booy­sen was be­ing treated af­ter a shootout at Cape Town In­ter­na­tional Air­port last Tues­day.

Booy­sen was shot four times and a 30-year-old by­stander was shot in the arm when un­known sus­pects opened fire in the drop-and-go sec­tion of the air­port.

Two days later, two men gained ac­cess to the third floor of the hospi­tal, one dressed as a woman and the other in over­alls, in what has been de­scribed as an­other at­tempt on Booy­sen’s life.

A scuf­fle broke out be­tween Booy­sen’s guards and the sus­pects and one of the men got away, but the other was ar­rested in a ve­hi­cle po­lice later es­tab­lished had been stolen in Si­mon’s Town.

Po­lice spokesper­son Sergeant Noloy­iso Rwex­ana con­firmed the 39-year-old who was ar­rested for pos­ses­sion of a stolen ve­hi­cle would ap­pear in the Bel­lville Magistrate’s Court on Mon­day.

It is be­lieved Booy­sen has been moved to an­other med­i­cal fa­cil­ity un­der an alias to pro­tect both him and other pa­tients.

Se­cu­rity re­mains tight at the Bel­lville fa­cil­ity, with one po­lice van parked near the hospi­tal en­trance and an­other two nearby.

Two po­lice of­fi­cers in the ve­hi­cle get out fre­quently and stand at the en­trance where a se­cu­rity guard, armed with a hand-held body scan­ner, searches all males en­ter­ing the premises.

At Booy­sen’s new lo­ca­tion, se­cu­rity has been kept to a bare min­i­mum so as to not arouse sus­pi­cion and trig­ger an­other at­tempt on his life.

A source con­firmed an or­der to “shoot and kill on sight” still stands for the leader of the Sexy Boys gang and that all nec­es­sary pre­cau­tions were be­ing taken to en­sure that no other by­s­tanders would be caught in the cross­fire.

Two other at­tempts were made on Booy­sen’s life ear­lier this year. There was one last month, while he was driv­ing in his Porsche in Bel­lville and an­other in May, when he was shot twice in the neck in Ravens­mead.

Po­lice have not made any ar­rests for the air­port shoot­ing in­ci­dent.

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