Krejcir, a Czech fugitive living in Johannesburg, was the target of
bullets sprayed from a parked car on Wednesday. The car used for the
attack later exploded.
11.30am, Wednesday 24 July – a matte black Mercedes Benz coupé, its
windows dark with bulletproof tinting, slides into a car park in
Bedfordview, south of Johannesburg, stopping in its regular spot. A
broad-shouldered man with thinning hair emerges from the driver’s door.
Talking on his phone, he saunters towards the front entrance of his
offices, a gold and diamond exchange.
He hears a bang, followed by a series of pops “like
firecrackers”, he later says. It is only when he notices his car is
riddled with bullet holes that he realises an attempt has been made on
his life. As he runs for cover, a nearby car explodes into flames.
police examined the charred chassis of the red Volkswagen Polo, what
seemed like the plot from a James Bond film became even more
Hidden behind the car’s rear numberplate
were a dozen homemade shotgun barrels aimed at the driver’s seat in the
Mercedes. Police believe the exploding car was empty all along,
suggesting that the attack was launched via remote control.
This bizarre series of events is made all the more fantastic
by the subject of the apparent attack, Czech businessman Radovan
No stranger to South Africa’s police service, he
arrived from the Seychelles in 2007 on a false passport declaring his
name to be Egbert Jules Savy. He was identified from an Interpol red
notice, despite his reportedly flimsy disguise. Mr Krejcir was tried in
absentia in the Czech Republic last year and sentenced to 11 years in
jail for tax fraud. He denies the charges, saying that he is being
persecuted for his political opinions by the Czech government, which has
sought his extradition. Mr Krejcir is currently still awaiting the
outcome of his application for political asylum in South Africa.
his time in Johannesburg, Mr Krejcir has been linked to several
underworld figures, including a strip-club owner, Lolly Jackson, who was
shot dead in 2010. Last year, he appeared in court in South Africa for a
series of crimes including armed robbery.
Despite his colourful history, Mr Krejcir’s lawyer, Eddie
Classen, says this is the first time his client has been the target of
an assassination attempt. “It has an appearance of a thing from a spy
novel,” he said.
South African police have confirmed that the exploding car was reported stolen in April.
this stage we are not sure who or what detonated the device as well as
who parked the vehicle on the premises,” said a police spokesman,
Lungelo Dlamini. “No one has been arrested yet and the motive for an
attempted murder is being investigated,” he added.
Krejcir – who was unharmed – told a local radio station in the hours
after the explosion that he was a “lucky man”. But his lawyer told The
Independent that his client was shaken by the attack. “He’s in shock,
he’s had a close shave. Who wouldn’t be? Given the way in which this
attack was carried out, with such professional knowhow and detail, he
[Mr Krejcir] has some concern that this person has a serious intention
to kill him,” Mr Classen said.
Despite the circumstances, Mr Krejcir returned to work – and the scene of the crime – the next day, Mr Classen confirmed.
“He’s an impressive character – he’s got some charisma.”
my life is like James Bond stuff,” Mr Krejcir told a local news
broadcaster EyeWitness News, “So it’s usual stuff for me … It’s how I
live my life.”
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Now we are openly requesting that you summon Hon Patrick Pillay and request that he returns to the Seychelles government and the people of Port Glaud the property at Port Launay, which is protected land being a reserve of the “Sou Souri Banann” nesting place.
When Mr. Pillay applied to purchase from government the prime beach front property at Port Launay, the MNA for Port Glaud in the National Assembly, Mrs. Gamatis, raised strong objections because Mr. Pillay had previously already benefitted from buying several government properties and did not therefore qualify for government land and was not a resident of Port Glaud and there were several Port-Glaud residents on the list waiting for land. It was a clear case of abuse of his privilege and position.
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Paying for the services of a
prostitute is not a prudent
strategy. As an irrational
one-time gesture this can barely
be passed off whilst as a strategy
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The results of such an action are
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LDS: Letting Down Seychelles
were on display this week in the
In the first instance, emotional
satisfaction was gained by LDS
in the rejection of Dr. Patrick
Herminie ministerial appointment
on political grounds. It
was a victory of grand emotional
value but a Pyrrhic victory at
most. Which candidate that
was presented before the National
Assembly can aspire to
the professional expertise, qualifications
and abilities displayed
by Dr. Herminie? Not liking the
man is an emotion that should
never ever be allowed to cloud
any rational argument. This is
especially so when the argument
is objective and seeks to address
issues that have national, regional
and international repercussions.
Worse still …
Finally, after almost three weeks of denial the Honorable Speaker admitted at a public rally on Sunday at Roche Copra, that there was an email that he sent to the Chairman of LDS; Mr. Roger Mancienne. Some of his backers are still in shock and utter denial about the admission. The office of the Speaker went as far as lying and misleading the public in the press releases sent out to try and rebuff an article this newspaper had published on the matter. This situation has exposed Patrick Pillay for who he really is, a devious individual that would do anything to feather his own nest at the expense of others. His perversion of the facts is detrimental to the democratic process of this country.
Many of his supporters are now asking for an explanation and the reason for such an email to the party Chairman. What are his motives? Especially now that he had said on Sunday; he will remain Speaker and will see out his mandate in the National Assembly as Speaker?