KRECJIR’S R2.5m ZUMA ‘BRIBE’

At his sec­ond meet­ing Zuma in­di­cated that he had spo­ken to Malusi Gi­gaba to pre­pare asy­lum pa­pers

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Jailed mob­ster Radovan Kre­jčíř al­legedly trav­elled to Nkandla to meet for­mer pres­i­dent Ja­cob Zuma and his son, Duduzane, and handed over R2.5 mil­lion in cash in ex­change for asy­lum.

This startling claim is con­tained in a signed af­fi­davit de­posed by the Czech gang­ster in Leeuwkop Prison in July. The con­tents of the af­fi­davit are now un­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion by the SA Po­lice Ser­vice, the In­de­pen­dent Po­lice In­ves­tiga­tive Direc­torate (Ipid) and the Ju­di­cial Con­duct Com­mit­tee.

While in­de­pen­dently ver­i­fy­ing the con­tents of the af­fi­davit in which Kre­jčíř states that he recorded the 2011 meet­ing, City Press learnt from two se­nior sources within the Hawks that the record­ing ex­ists and is with Crime In­tel­li­gence.

Kre­jčíř’s af­fi­davit forms part of a com­plaint be­fore the Ju­di­cial Con­duct Com­mit­tee against Judge Colin La­mont who found him guilty of at­tempted mur­der and kid­nap­ping. Kre­jčíř ac­cuses La­mont of be­ing bi­ased against him and his co-ac­cused and find­ing them guilty in a case in which he claims po­lice of­fi­cers fab­ri­cated the ev­i­dence.

In the 17-page af­fi­davit City Press ob­tained, Kre­jčíř states that after ask­ing his late “friend”, un­der­world player Cyril Beeka, to help him get asy­lum, he was in­tro­duced to Duduzane. At the time Kre­jčíř was wanted by the Czech gov­ern­ment for fraud and the at­tempted mur­der of a gov­ern­ment of­fi­cial.

“At some point Duduzane Zuma promised to as­sist me with ob­tain­ing my asy­lum pa­pers ... from the home af­fairs depart­ment. Dur­ing the same year I drove to Nkandla to meet Duduzane’s fa­ther, [then] pres­i­dent Ja­cob Zuma,” Kre­jčíř al­leges in the af­fi­davit. “I made an agree­ment with Duduzane Zuma that I should pay R5 mil­lion. When I drove to Nkandla around Fe­bru­ary 2011, I had R2.5 mil­lion on me in cash. I handed the cash to Duduzane as the de­posit.

“The sec­ond time, in Septem­ber 2012, I went to Nkandla, I had a meet­ing with ... Ja­cob Zuma, who in­di­cated that he had al­ready given in­struc­tion to Malusi Gi­gaba, who was then min­is­ter of home af­fairs, to pre­pare pa­pers for me.”

Speak­ing for Gi­gaba, Vuyo Mkhize, of Kap­i­tal Mindz, a pub­lic re­la­tions firm, said: “It is worth not­ing that Kre­jčíř is not al­leg­ing that pres­i­dent Zuma ac­tu­ally in­structed Malusi Gi­gaba to pre­pare his asy­lum pa­pers, only that for­mer pres­i­dent Zuma in­formed him that he had done so – an al­le­ga­tion Gi­gaba finds very hard to be­lieve. That said, Gi­gaba would like to place it on record that he never re­ceived any such in­struc­tion, ei­ther from for­mer pres­i­dent Zuma or from any­one else.”

Kre­jčíř states in his af­fi­davit that Beeka in­tro­duced him to Duduzane in 2010. Cu­ri­ously, he claims that Beeka asked him to keep Duduzane “away from the Gup­tas”.

“I bought him a bike worth R230 000 and we were rac­ing in Kyalami ev­ery week to keep him away from Sa­hara [Gupta com­pany] peo­ple,” he claims.

City Press learnt this week that Moe Shaik, for­mer SA Se­cret Ser­vice head and one-time staunch Zuma ally, was al­legedly fu­ri­ous about the friend­ship be­tween Duduzane Zuma and Kre­jčíř and warned Ja­cob Zuma that it would af­fect his rep­u­ta­tion be­cause Kre­jčíř was a wanted fugi­tive and there were ex­tra­di­tion ap­pli­ca­tions pend­ing against him.

“[Ja­cob] Zuma told Shaik to meet Duduzane to warn him about the risks of as­so­ci­at­ing him­self with Kre­jčíř,” said a source fa­mil­iar with the in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

Shaik de­clined to com­ment say­ing he would re­veal the de­tails at the Ju­di­cial Com­mis­sion of In­quiry into Al­le­ga­tions of State Cap­ture should he be asked to do so.

Pri­vate in­ves­ti­ga­tor Chad Thomas, who has in­ves­ti­gated sev­eral un­der­world cases, said he knew Beeka and Duduzane were al­legedly friends.

“Beeka in­tro­duced Duduzane to Kre­jčíř and Moe Shaik was very an­gry at Beeka’s ac­tions. Shaik was an­gry that the son of the pres­i­dent was seen with the num­ber one gang­ster,” he said.

Foren­sic in­ves­ti­ga­tor Paul O’Sul­li­van, who was in­stru­men­tal in Kre­jčíř’s ar­rest, said he also knew about Duduzane and Kre­jčíř’s al­leged friend­ship.

“We knew of pay­ments and a bike but there was no proof of that. Now that [Kre­jčíř] has said it, I be­lieve him,” he said.

After Beeka was mur­dered in a drive-by shoot­ing in March 2011, Kre­jčíř and Duduzane’s friend­ship fiz­zled out.

“Mr Duduzane started to keep a dis­tance from me, some­one was push­ing him away from me, and my view is that those peo­ple were the Gupta fam­ily,” Kre­jčíř claims.

“As the time went by my friend­ship with Duduzane Zuma de­te­ri­o­rated be­cause Mr Beeka ... was no longer there to keep the mo­men­tum go­ing. I made en­quiries from Mr Duduzane Zuma per­tain­ing to my is­sue of be­ing is­sued with asy­lum pa­pers by home af­fairs,” he said.

Kre­jčíř then wanted his R2.5 mil­lion back and Duduzane “did not want to give back my money since he and his fa­ther failed to de­liver on their part”. He also claims it was his de­mand for a re­fund from the Zu­mas, as well as his re­fusal to be a “cash cow” for an al­legedly cor­rupt po­lice of­fi­cer, that led to his even­tual ar­rest and pros­e­cu­tion.

Ipid is in­ves­ti­gat­ing other claims in Kre­jčíř’s af­fi­davit, in­clud­ing that Nkosana “Killer” Ximba, a con­tro­ver­sial for­mer po­lice of­fi­cer and cur­rent se­cu­rity chief for Ekurhu­leni mayor Mzwandile Masina, had been ex­tort­ing money from Kre­jčíř’s friends and Kre­jčíř told him in a meet­ing to “f*** off”. The next time Kre­jčíř saw Ximba was on Novem­ber 22 2013 when he ar­rested him at his home.

Kre­jčíř fur­ther al­leges that Ximba tor­tured him dur­ing his ar­rest by plac­ing a plas­tic bag over his head un­til he lost con­scious­ness a num­ber of times. He claims he was re­peat­edly shocked by a po­lice Taser. In the af­fi­davit, he claims to have med­i­cal cer­tifi­cates sup­port­ing his tor­ture al­le­ga­tions and has opened a case of at­tempted mur­der. This was con­firmed dur­ing his trial in the Palm Ridge Re­gional Court.

He also names sev­eral po­lice of­fi­cers he ac­cuses of man­u­fac­tur­ing ev­i­dence against him, which Ipid is in­ves­ti­gat­ing.

Ximba did not re­spond to re­peated re­quests for com­ment. He did not re­spond to calls and mes­sages sent on Fri­day and Satur­day on What­sApp and Tele­gram, but the mes­sages were read.

Ipid spokesper­son Moses Dlamini said: “Our in­ves­ti­ga­tion is fo­cus­ing on the role of the po­lice but we’re also aware of other al­le­ga­tions that fall out of our man­date.”

Ju­di­cial Ser­vices Com­mis­sion spokesper­son

Sello Chiloane con­firmed that the Ju­di­cial Con­duct Com­mit­tee would con­sider the com­plaint against Judge La­mont, who has pre­vi­ously de­nied claims of bias, telling Kre­jčíř in court in 2016: “Any­one con­victed would be un­happy.”

Hawks spokesper­son Hang­wani Mu­laudzi said: “There was an ini­tial in­ves­ti­ga­tion done by the SAPS’s Crime In­tel­li­gence and it was trans­ferred to the Hawks for fur­ther pro­cess­ing. The Hawks in­quiry could not pro­ceed be­cause some of the al­le­ga­tions in­volved Hawks mem­bers who were ar­rested and con­victed with Kre­jčíř. The docket has since been sent back to the SAPS for fur­ther in­ves­ti­ga­tions.” Zuma’s spokesper­son, Vuk­ile Matha­bela, did not re­spond to re­quests for com­ment on be­half of Zuma and Duduzane sent on email, text mes­sage and voice calls on Fri­day and Satur­day.

PHOTO: MARY-ANN PALMER

CZECH GANG­STER Radovan Kre­jčíř in the Palm Ridge Re­gional Court when Judge Colin La­mont found him guilty of at­tempted mur­der and kid­nap­ping

Ja­cob Zuma

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