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Donkie’s threat to Modack team in tow dispute

These are supposedly the words spoken by Jerome “Donkie” Booysen amid clashes over crane territory in the Mother City.

The claims were made in the Western Cape High Court on Thursday amid the ongoing trial against alleged underworld kingpin Nafiz Modack and others.

This week, the State presented a new witness, ‘Mr. B’, to testify about the death of the murdered tow truck driver, Richard Josephs, who was killed in September 2019.

According to the State’s witness, who was also Joseph’s employer, problems arose with a company known as Sasha Tow Trucking and a meeting was called at Mike’s Kitchen in Milnerton.

In the dock: Nafiz Modack co-accused Jacques Cronje. Photographer: Ayanda Ndamane / Independent Newspapers

He says Josephs was sent to the restaurant to scout it, amid claims that Modack was linked to Sasha Towing.

He says Josephs watched a limousine arrive along with “men in black,” who appeared to be bodyguards.

The witness says he called Donkie, the alleged boss of the Sexy Boys gang, as a precaution and Donkie agreed to attend the meeting.

However, his arrival unleashed a heated bekgeveg with Modack’s alleged henchman and co-defendant, Jacques Cronje.

Mr B explained: “He (Cronje) said he represented Modack and we told him he is not in the crane business and an argument ensued between Booysen and Cronje. After the exchange of words, everyone stood up and nothing was resolved.”

However, this contrasts with the testimony of an earlier state witness who claimed that the matter was resolved but that Modack later sent him to kill Josephs to “send a message.”

Accused: ‘Kingpin’ Nafiz Modak. Photo: Independent Newspapers

The witness, Mr. A, admitted on the stand to shooting Josephs multiple times on September 19, 2019.

During cross-examination, Cronje’s legal representative, lawyer Inge Jansen, told the court that her client disputed this, saying he was not sent by Modack but hired by the owner of Sasha Towing to represent the company.

This, Jansen explained, was based on previous information that Donkie would be present and the owner feared for his safety.

Cronje claimed that Donkie got up and charged at him saying: “I’m the sheriff of Cape Town.”

Jansen said Cronje responded: “I don’t care if you are who you say you are.”

Jansen says the two men started looking at each other and the meeting was called off.

B said he could not dispute the exact words used in the argument, while Modack denied any knowledge of the meeting or links to Sasha Towing.

Meanwhile, the Hawks’ acting provincial head in the Western Cape, Brigadier Mushavhaduvha Ramovha, also took the stand and revealed that three months before and on the exact day that the father of a Hawks detective was murdered in Melkbosstrand, he received an offer from Modack’s lawyers to surrender.

This follows earlier testimony from former Warrant Officer Nico Heerschap, who said that at the time of his father’s murder, Modack knew his commercial crimes unit was investigating him for a R50-million vehicle fraud case. .

Ramovha told Judge Robert Henney that he found it strange to receive an email from Modack’s lawyer, Irefaan Parker, saying they were aware of an investigation and were willing to bring Modack in so he could be arrested.