Johannesburg - Through gritted teeth and fake smiles, sworn enemies Paul O’Sullivan and Radovan Krejcir greeted each other with pleasantries on Monday.
However, civility between the two did not last long as they exchanged heated words during a stand-off inside a courtroom before Krejcir was escorted back to a holding cell.
This was in the South Gauteng High Court, sitting in the Palm Ridge Magistrate’s Court, where Krejcir was due to stand trial for attempted murder and kidnapping, along with five other men – Desai Luphondo, Siboniso Miya and Hawks members Samuel “Saddam” Maruping, George Nthoroane and Jan Mofokeng. The charges relate to an alleged kidnapping after a drug deal went wrong last June.
Although it has been two months since the trial date was set, the case had to be postponed because no judge was available to preside over it.
“Hi, Paul O’Sullivan, how are you?” Krejcir asked the forensic investigator as he was brought up to court from the cells. Both men locked eyes during the exchange and their stretched smiles were visibly no more than a pretence.