- Radovan Krejcír has revealed in an affidavit that he had met with ex-president Jacob Zuma as well as his son and paid over R2.5 million in exchange for asylum
- The Czech mobster talks of how he spent time racing with Duduzane Zuma, despite the SA head of secret services disapproving of the relationship
- The affidavit accuses Nkosana Ximba, current security chief for the mayor of Ekurhuleni, of extortion and torture
Radovan Krejcír, a Czech gangster, is currently serving time in Leeuwkop Prison and released a signed affidavit containing his allegations against Jacob Zuma in July.
The South African Police Service, Independent Police Investigative Directorate and Judicial Conduct Committee are currently investigating the claims.
According to City Press, who was independently verifying the contents of the affidavit, the mobster admits to recording the meeting which took place in 2011. Hawks senior official has confirmed that the recording does exist and is currently with Crime Intelligence.
The gangster’s affidavit formed part of a complaint against Judge Colin Lamont who had found Krejcír guilty of attempted murder and kidnapping.
The affidavit accuses the judge of being biased against him and his co-accused when finding them guilty in a case where, allegedly, the police had fabricated evidence.
In the lengthy affidavit, Krejcír says that he had been introduced to Duduzane Zuma after asking Cyril Beeka to help get him asylum.
At the time Krejcír had been wanted by the Czech government for fraud and the attempted murder of a government employee.
In Krejcír’s own words:
“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,”
“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 on behalf of former minister Malusi Gigaba, Vuyo Mkhize from a public relations firm said:
“It is worth noting that Krejcír 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.”
Krejcír speaks in the affidavit of how he had been asked to keep Duduzane ‘away from the Guptas’ by Beeka, even going as far as buying a luxury bike for Zuma’s son and ‘racing in Kyalami every week to keep him away’.
According to City Press, Moe Shaik who had headed SA Secret Service at that point had been enraged by the friendship and warned the ex-president of the implications thereof.
“Beeka introduced Duduzane to Krejcír 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,”
In the affidavit, Krejcír speaks of how his friendship with the president’s son fizzled out after Beeka had been murdered.
“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,”
“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,”
Krejcír had demanded his funds back and Duduzane had allegedly refused. The mobster claims that this, as well as his refusal to be a ‘cash cow’ for a corrupt police official, led to his arrest and prosecution.
Another astounding accusation in the affidavit had been how Nkosana Ximba, a former police officer and current security chief for Ekurhuleni mayor Mzwandile Masina, had been extorting money from Krejcír and his associates. According to the affidavit, the police officer had ended a meeting on bad terms.
The next time Krejcír would see Ximba, would be the day of his arrest in November 2013. The affidavit reveals how Krejcír had been allegedly tortured during his arrest.
The torture he claims to have medical reports to prove includes a plastic bag being held over his head until he passed out and being repeatedly shocked by a Taser. Krejcír says he has opened a case of attempted murder in this regard.
The Judicial Conduct Committee has confirmed that they will be considering the complaint against Judge Lamont, who had denied claims of bias against Krejcír in the past.
The IPID has said that their investigation focuses on the role of the police but they are aware of other allegations which fall out of their jurisdiction.
Hangwani Mulaudzi, Hawks spokesperson, said that:
“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 Krejcír. The docket has since been sent back to the SAPS for further investigations.”
Vukile Mathabela, spokesperson for the Zuma’s did not respond to requests for comment. Nkosana Ximba also declined all invitations to comment on the matter.
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