Top cop received loan from Krejcir

22 November 2013 3:48 AM

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Mandy Wiener | Today, 05:43

JOHANNESBURG – The Mail and Guardian newspaper reported on Friday morning that a top policeman on the East Rand received a R400,000 loan from a company controlled by Czech fugitive Radovan Krejcir. In January 2012, head of Germiston's organised crime unit, Colonel Francois Steyn, received the loan from a Krejcir–linked company called Groep Twee Beleggings. The company is at the centre of a probe by the South African Revenue Services who are investigating Krejcir's tax affairs. Steyn confirmed to the Mail and Guardian's Amabhungane unit that he received the loan, but insists he didn't know at the time that Krejcir was connected to the company. According to the report, Steyn says the money was part of a financial commitment he made to underworld figure Cyril Beeka as part of a joint venture in a security company. Beeka apparently undertook to service the loan. The high ranking cop says he only discovered Krejcir's involvement in the company in the days after strip club boss Lolly Jackson was killed, and nearly had a heart attack when he found out. While Steyn told the newspaper he had no personal dealings with the Czech, he was called in to investigate an attempt on Krejcir's life earlier this year. Steyn was also part of the initial team probing Jackson's murder. DEAD KREJCIR ASSOCIATES Meanwhile, there have been a number of people associated to the Czech that have been killed. Last week, an explosion at Krejcir's Money Point shop in Bedfordview killed two of his close associates, Ronny Bvuma (Ronny Smith) and Czech fugitive Jan ‘John' Charvat. Veselin Laganin and Sam Issa, who were also allegedly associated with Krejcir, were killed in separate incidents. In July, Krejcir survived a bizarre attempt on his life when remote–controlled shotguns opened fire on him. The shotguns were behind a number plate of a parked car outside his shop. He is also fighting extradition attempts to the Czech Republic where he has been charged in absentia and is seeking refugee status in South Africa. (Edited by Refilwe Pitjeng)


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