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Johannesburg - A day after businessman Bassam Issa was gunned down in Bedfordview, another Radovan Krejcir associate, Jerome Safi received a death threat.
On Sunday morning Safi received an SMS saying “You are next”.
“The message could have come from anyone, but everyone knows I am an associate of Krejcir, and given that Issa was murdered the day before, I take this as a direct threat,” he told The Star.
Safi was due in the Palm Springs court on Tuesday where he is to testify as a State witness in the murder trial of three men - Garlond Holworthy, Thabo Mogapi and Kagiso Linken - accused of involvement in the kidnapping and murder of German supercar conversion specialist Uwe Gemballa.
Gemballa was murdered in 2010, eight days after his arrival in South Africa. His body was found in a shallow grave. He had been suffocated.
Thabiso Mpye was sentenced to 20 years in jail for the crime.
The motive is unclear, but it is believed Gemballa came to South Africa on business.
Safi promised him funding of about R100 million. This money was to come from Krejcir and Teazers’ boss, Lolly Jackson.
A former associate of Jackson, Juan Meyer, has said Krejcir was using cars imported from Gemballa to smuggle cash into South Africa.
He said the two became embroiled in a fight in 2009 after a Porsche arrived in the country without the cash hidden inside it.
Meyer said in a police affidavit: “Radovan said that if Gemballa did not pay, he would get trouble.”
Krejcir has denied knowing Gemballa.