Feared suspected underworld bosses accused of killing “steroid king” Brian Weinstein are now facing a range of charges ranging from gang crimes and intimidation to attempted murder.
Mark Lifman, alleged gang leader of the Sexy Boys Jerome “Donkie” Booysen, Andre Naude and several others appeared in the Cape Town District Court on Wednesday, where charges were handed over to them.
Lifman, Booysen and the alleged “27” – Gang leader William “Red” Stevens were arrested December – in connection with Weinstein’s murder – and were released on bail of R100,000 each. Stevens was murdered in front of his house in Kraaifontein in February.
Naude, Sam Farquharson, Jakobus Stevens, Egan Norman, Wayne Henderson, Anthony van der Watt, Ricardo Maarman, Typheyenne Jantjies, Bevan Ezaus, Bradley de Bula, Kashief Hanslo, Rowendal Stevens and Ismail Cupido have since joined Lifman and Booysen in the dock.
Weinstein was shot dead in his upscale Constantia home in August 2017. According to the state, Wainstein’s murder was funded by Lifman. They then benefited from the illegal steroid business that continued after Wainstein’s death.
On Wednesday, the defendants were handed a lengthy indictment on the state’s case against them. The state accuses them all of participating in a criminal gang between April 2017 and November 2017.
Lifman and Booysen are charged with Weinstein’s murder.
“The accused are guilty of the crime of murder … on or about August 18, 2017 and on or near 29 Horne Avenue, Constantia, Wynberg District, the defendant Brian Weinstein, a male, unlawfully and deliberately killed and / or killed with common intentions, by shooting him, ”the indictment reads.
Booysen is also accused of money laundering. The state claims to have received 20,000 R2 between August 19, 2017 and November 25, 2017 that it “knew or should have known was or is the proceeds of the illegal activities of another person”. < / p>
Lifman and Naude are accused of inciting murder. According to the indictment, they wanted alleged underworld chief Nafiz Modack, Booysens’ brother Colin, Jacque Cronje, Carl Lakay, Ashley Fields, Emile Goodley and James Dalton, who were killed in November 2017.
The indictment stated that State Killed Says The “27” Gang Deal In Drugs And “Violent Criminal Activity”.
“William Stevens … a former defendant, recently shot dead, was the chief executive of the” 27 ” Tape”. The indictment reads:
“He and Marawaan Desai (shot dead in 2017) and (Lifman, Booysen and Van der Watt) … participated in a pattern of criminal gang activity between April and November 2017.
< p> “Over the course of 2016, a group of [Lifman, Booysen, Naude] and Colin Booysen, who referred to themselves as the ‘Brotherhood’, had established themselves as the dominant group overseeing the security of the nightclub and entertainment venue ‘bouncers ‘Industry in Cape Town.
“On November 27, 2016, an argument took place between Colin Booysen and Kishor Naidoo in the Coco Bar, where guns were swinging. Colin Booysen complained that Naidoo was the Hotlanders or brought the 27-strong gang into the club, including [Stevens], and blamed [Booysen] for the problem. ”On November 27, 2016, another argument between Naidoo and Colin took place over the Bar. Four people, represent under Colin’s bodyguard, were injured. According to the indictment, this caused friction within the “brotherhood”.
“[Naude] was commissioned to negotiate the separation of Colin Booysen from the group that was closed in November 2016,” the indictment states / p> < p> “In 2016, Naidoo (a refugee wanted on an international arrest warrant), a member of the 27 gangs (a close) collaborator (of) William Stevens and a close friend of [Booysen], began to tense between the groups on March 29, 2017, when [Lifman and Naude] took part in an auction on the islands in Parow. [Booysen] voiced concern that Colin Booysen was allies of Nafiz Modack and Waseem Chaudry and although he couldn’t kill his brother, he would take action against Modack and Chaudry. This group then began to take over security in entertainment venues and clubs controlled by the older group. “
According to the indictment, a week after the auction incident, a meeting was held at Stevens’ in Kraaifontein to discuss the” takeover by the new group “. The meeting was attended by Watt, Desai and Naidoo, among others.
“They discussed [Lifman] ‘s desire to use violence and intimidation to take back the clubs, and everyone agreed to attend,” reads the Indictment.
“William Stevens stated that he will provide enough gang members to fill at least three to four taxis and that he will provide them with firearms to be carried in other vehicles . Naidoo invited William Stevens to attend [Booysen’s] homes to confirm the agreements and assured Stevens that [Liftman] would be there. “
The state claims that Naidoo arranged another meeting at Booysen in Belhar, which included Lifman, Booysen, Watt, Stevens and Naidoo.
” William Stevens declared himself again willing to help them but wanted an assurance that he would get work from them in the future, “the indictment states:
” [Lifman] stated that he needed at least 100-200 men and that the work should be done over two days and that [he] should do it as soon as possible. They agreed to meet at the Caltex garage on the waterfront on the first evening and [Booysen] suggested starting there and driving in convoy to the various clubs, and the group continued to discuss plans for how they should get together and would arm the ’27’. Gang members participating in the activity. [Lifman] stressed that they have to be extremely aggressive and intimidating when approaching clubs and entertainment venues in order to convince them to turn away from the new grouping. “
According to the indictment, the group – some armed with firearms and bulletproof vests, led by Booysen and Naude in a convoy – were visiting Cubana at Green Point, Coco Bar and Club 31 in Cape Town’s central business district. They also visited the Grande Café on the Waterfront and the Mavericks Gentlemen’s Club in the CBD.
“At each of the clubs they made sure they filled the street with their vehicles and intimidated the customers and disrupted their business” According to the indictment.
“While at Mavericks, [Booysen] announced that he had information that Colin Booysen and Modack were on their way to Cape Town. Naidoo and Desai directed the group to ambush them to kill them as they entered the city. Before Colin Booysen and Modack could arrive, the police arrived at the scene and ordered them to leave town. They went and returned to the Caltex gas station, where [Naude] instructed the group to meet again the next day. “The police intercepted the group and an unlicensed firearm was recovered. While the matter was still under investigation, Henderson, the detective at Sea Point Police Station, allegedly agreed to accept a R100,000 bribe to “stop the investigation.” This included destroying fingerprint evidence by not collecting any firearm to be examined “despite a letter signed by his commanding officer requesting the examination of the fingerprint, and despite the Forensic Science Laboratory … which requested him to use the weapon for examination of the Collect fingerprints … “
After the interruption by the police on April 9, 2017, the” old group “changed their tactics.
” A hit squad of 27 gang members was set up the members of the new groupings and these facilities in accordance with them, “the indictment reads.
” They continued to discuss how they would go to a Caprice café in Camps Bay to shoot a target, that they referred to as “Pakistanis” “[Chaudry].”
Chestlyn Adams, a former “27” gang member who is already serving a 25-year prison sentence in connection with the Weinstein murder atone, received photos of the targets. A week after the shooting at Cafe Caprice, Naidoo and another person allegedly collected a bag of money from Lifman.
“William Stevens was paid an amount of R100,000 while the rest of Naidoo was kept for him servings and payments he’d make to Desai and [Booysen], ”the indictment reads.
Other bars in the CBD were also affected.
Adams admitted on that For having been involved in the shooting incident at Café Caprice in Camps Bay in 2017. He was sentenced to 12 years in prison in 2019 for his role in a double shoot in connection with an underworld nightclub security turf war in Cape Town.
Eric Ntabazalila , Spokesman for The Western Cape Prosecutor’s Office said: “The defendants have been handed charges and their legal representatives have confirmed receipt of the documents.”
The matter has been referred to the Supreme Court. A preparatory conference will take place on August 6th. Suggested dates for the start of the procedure are February 28 to March 24, 2022.