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Cape Town - Leon Davids, who has been linked to the Cyril Beeka murder case, had been involved in Cape Town’s nightclub industry before he was shot dead in Belhar last week, sources say.
Davids, 29, was shot dead at a braai and two others were wounded last Wednesday.
His killing appears to be one of the latest in a string of violent incidents linked to underworld figures.
On Tuesday two sources, both of whom declined to be named for fear of reprisals, said Davids had been a witness in the Beeka murder case. Beeka was gunned down on March 21 two years ago in Bellville South.
Jerome Booysen, an alleged Sexy Boys gangster and a businessman, was named in court last year as a suspect in the killing.
On Tuesday one source said Davids had been in witness protection, but had left the programme.
The source said Davids had changed his story about the Beeka murder a few times, so authorities had decided not to rely on what he said.
The source said other former associates of Beeka had got Davids to relax, leave the witness protection programme and had set up a job for him at a nightclub in Loop Street in central Cape Town.
Nightclubs in the city centre were focused on last year when it emerged that the company supplying most with bouncers had not been registered.
A chief executive of the company, André Naudé, had said it was backed by Booysen and Sea Point businessman Mark Lifman, whose name also cropped up in the Beeka case.
The source said Davids and his girlfriend had run the club and Davids was “given a taste of the high life”. He said Davids was murdered when his guard was down.
The sources said that before his murder, it was understood that another unit linked to police and law enforcement – not the Hawks – had decided to look into the information that Davids had about the Beeka murder.
Hawks spokesman Paul Ramaloko said on Tuesday Davids had not been probed by the Hawks and had not been in any protection programme linked to the unit.
In other incidents:
* On March 28 the Booysens’ Glenhaven home was shot at.
* On May 9, Booysen’s brother Colin was wounded in a drive-by shooting in Belhar.
* On July 24 there was an attempt on notorious Czech businessman Radovan Krejcir’s life in Johannesburg.
Last year, during the bail application of Serbian fugitive Dobrosav Gavric, who had been driving Beeka when he was murdered, investigating officer Paul Hendrikse testified that Beeka had been friends with Krejcir.
Hendrikse also testified that Gavric and Lifman had played cards with Krejcir.
In a separate matter, Lifman was facing legal action for allegedly running a bouncer company illegally.
Hendrikse had likened Beeka’s murder to that of nightclub kingpin Yuri “The Russian” Ulianitski who was shot dead in Cape Town in May 2007.
Ulianitski had worked with Lifman and Beeka.