Cops stole my money, claims ‘gang boss’

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Copy of ca Copy of ca p6 jerome booysen file done INLSA Alleged Sexy Boys gang boss Jerome "Donkie" Booysen. Photo: Leon Lestrade

Cape Town - Alleged Sexy Boys gang boss Jerome “Donkie” Booysen has accused the police of stealing thousands of rand and damaging one of his five properties when they raided them recently.

According to Booysen, police visited three of his properties in Glenhaven and two in Belhar, including one with a separate entrance he rents out as student accommodation.

Booysen said on Sunday police had entered his premises without permission and forced open the front door. He said he had surveillance footage to prove it. He claims they broke a lock at one of the houses and that about R7 000 was missing following the raids. There had been “reasonable damage” done to one of his houses.

Booysen’s sister’s house was raided on Tuesday and she and her husband were arrested after police found drugs on the premises.

His brother Colin Booysen’s house was raided on Thursday.

Booysen said he had registered complaints of malicious damage to property and theft at the Belhar and Bellville South police stations. But police at the Belhar station say they have no record of Booysen having laid any charges.

Provincial police spokesman Captain FC van Wyk confirmed that police had visited the Booysen residences on Friday. He said officers wanted to raid the properties, but no one was home when they arrived.

Van Wyk said nothing was confiscated from the properties.

He could not confirm whether Colin Booysen’s house had been raided on Thursday.

Van Wyk said the raids at Booysen’s properties were part of routine searches.

Booysen said: “I don’t know what they wanted or what they were looking for.

“I’ve got the video footage.”

He said while he understood the officers were doing their jobs, they should have approached him or waited for someone to be at home to let them in.

“I wouldn’t have a problem letting them in, I’ve got nothing to hide… I understand that they’re doing their work, but they must do it lawfully.”

On Tuesday, Booysen’s sister Taressa Small, her husband Leon Small – who is alleged to be in the ranks of the Sexy Boys gang – and another relative, Jonathan Solomons, were arrested at the Smalls house in Kronkel Road, Boston, near Bellville.

On Thursday, she was released on R20 000 bail after appearing in court, but her husband and Solomons are still behind bars.

The State asked the Bellville Magistrate’s Court on Thursday that Leon Small and Solomons remain in custody until it had been established whether there were any outstanding cases against them.

According to the charge sheet, the Smalls have been married for 20 years and have four children.

A 15-year-old boy was also arrested, but was released the same night. He is to face charges when he appears in court with his parents next week.

Police operations resulted in tik and mandrax with a street value of R800 000 being confiscated at Small’s house.

Police seized 2.5kg of tik, 583 mandrax tablets, scales and R75 000 in cash.

A firearm, the licence for which had expired, and ammunition were also found at the house.

The raid was conducted by the Mitchells Plain organised crime unit.


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