Mafia tactics to kill lawyers
Fear grips SA’s judiciary as syndicates use 'mafia style' tactics to kill lawyers
Fear is stalking the corridors of the judiciary and police precincts after a fourth lawyer was gunned down and a detective and three judges who are connected to criminal cases before the courts, involving high profile gangsters, are under police protection.
The Institute for Security Studies said crime syndicates and members of organised crime were taking out members within the legal fraternity and South African Police Services, sending out a message that none of the office bearers were safe.
The institute’s Johan Burger’s comments follow the slaying of advocate Vernon Jantjies on Sunday night at Clock Towers in Lentegeur.
Jantjies, who represented Glenda Bird, sister of Fadwaan “Vet” Murphy - an alleged drug dealer kingpin - was shot execution style in what many said was a hit. A police source said Jantjies was first shot several times in the back and when he hit the ground his attacker shot him multiple times in the upper body.
Jantjies is the fourth lawyer dealing with high-profile cases who was shot execution style. On November 7, 2016, prominent attorney Noorudien Hassan was shot in his car outside his home in Lansdowne. City lawyer Pete Mihalik was gunned down in October 2018 after dropping off his children at Reddam House Atlantic Seaboard School in Green Point. In May this year, criminal attorney David Mbazwana was shot dead at a spaza shop in Khayelitsha in what looked like a robbery.