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Cape Town - The bloody hit this weekend on Joburg underworld figure Sam Issa has already been linked to the murder of former Sexy Boys gangster and hitman Leon “Lyons” Davids, in Belhar earlier this week, a police source has revealed.
At least 33 rounds were fired at Issa in his black Audi Q7. The murder, in an apparent drive-by shooting at a traffic light in Bedfordview, Joburg, on Saturday has thrown the underworlds of that city and Cape Town firmly into the spotlight, with high-level investigations under way.
Both the men allegedly worked for controversial Czech businessman Radovan Krejcir. However, Davids was in witness protection after allegedly fingering the masterminds behind the murder of Cape Town bouncer boss Cyril Beeka in 2011.
Beeka was also killed in a drive-by shooting, by a man on a motorcycle, after leaving the house of former gang boss Jerome “Donkie” Booysen in Belhar.
Yesterday a source revealed that a team of Cape Town detectives was sent to Joburg on Friday to probe links between the murder of Davids and the Sexy Boys gang.
They will now join the team of top Organised Crime detective Lieutenant-Colonel Piet Viljoen.
The source said groups of the Sexy Boys, whose stronghold is in Belhar, had relocated to Bedfordview and Kempton Park for business dealings. They would be questioned in the days ahead.
“Davids worked for Krejcir. Issa worked for both Krejcir and Beeka. There is a link between Issa and Davids’s killings,” the source said.
It is alleged that Issa and Krejcir had fallen out recently over business dealings.
Issa, 51, was attacked on Saturday after leaving the Mercure Hotel at 5.50am. He was stopped at a red traffic light near Bedford Centre, when a second car pulled up next to him and the occupants opened fire.
Issa tried to speed away, but the other car cut him off. Issa reversed, but he died on the scene.
said, “I ran to the window and then there was a second round of gunfire.” He saw the Audi.
“There was a white Ford Ranger that did a u-turn so fast that you could hear the tyres screeching. They put on blue lights and I heard sirens and the Ford sped off.”
Hours later Issa’s body still lay slumped in his car, his right side riddled with bullets. At least 33 cartridges littered the road.
Gauteng police spokeswoman Lieutenant Colonel Katlego Mogale said they had started investigating but no suspects or leads were immediately being pursued.
Issa was known as Black Sam because he was feared. But he was also known as Cripple Sam because he had a limp from a bullet wound.
A Lebanese South African, he was frequently seen at Bedford Centre and at the Harbour Cafe, Krejcir’s hangout.
A source in the security industry said Issa spent years in a Paris prison, arrested for planting a bomb in a church.
Of Davids, a police source claimed the dead man had critical information about the murder of Yuri “The Russian” Ulianitski, who was gunned down with his four-year-old daughter in Milnerton in 2007.
For more than two years police have been investigating links between Beeka’s death and the murder of the Ukrainian Ulianitski.
Ulianitski was shot dead - in a hail of 20 bullets - in a drive-by shooting. His wife survived the attack.
Ulianitski and Beeka were close friends, and “The Russian” had worked for Beeka. In the months before Beeka was killed, his relationship with Krejcir had deteriorated.