Alleged underworld boss, Nafiz Modack, was among four suspects arrested for the murder of police officer Lt-Col Charl Kinnear, who was shot dead outside his home in Bishop Lavis in September, 2020. Kinnear was said to be investigating Modack’s alleged role in the nightclub security industry.
Kinnear was investigating Modack’s underworld operations, which included a deep dive into the procurement of gun licences obtained through an alleged corrupt network of police at the national central firearms registry, reports TimesLIVE.
The arrest was made after a high-speed car chase on Thursday, April 29.
“A high-speed chase ensued and the suspects were cornered on Sable Road and arrested,” said Hawks spokesperson, Col Katlego Mogale later on Thursday.
Detainment of the notorious convict was confirmed by his lawyer, Irfan Parker, who said that “charges were a mystery” and that he is attending to his client. Modack is said to appear in court on Monday.
The arrest was made by the National Task team, where Modack and three other suspects aged between 29 and 49 were detained, reports IOL.
According to the Hawks, the team executed six warrants of arrests in the Western Cape.
“The arrests follow the cases of attempted murder of an advocate, murder of a police officer, as well as gang-related extortion, kidnapping and intimidation in the Milnerton area,” said Mogale.
“The suspects were noticed by the team in Century View. When the team attempted to stop them, they accelerated, with one vehicle missing one of the members. A high-speed chase ensued and the suspects were cornered at Sable Road and arrested.
“During the arrest, two vehicles were searched. Inside the Mercedes with two occupants that was stopped, two unlicensed firearms were recovered. In the second vehicle, a Toyota Hilux with two occupants, an unlicensed firearm was recovered.”
Police minister Bheki Cele welcomed the “breakthrough” following arrests made days earlier of the Terrible West Siders gang who attempted to murder Cape Town lawyer, William Booth.