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AGE OF THE ASSASSIN

Kinnear’s alleged phone tracker says he is registered in the security industry and has a right to work

Killian’s instructing attorney, Eric Breyer, said that documents submitted to the court indicate Killian is a registered private investigator and had PSIRA documents for his business. (Photo: Noor Slamdien)

Lawyers appearing for former pro rugby player, Zane Killian, implicated in the assassination of Anti-Gang Unit Section Head Lieutenant-Colonel Charl Kinnear, have argued that Killian’s registration as a private investigator entitles him to track and trace individuals.

Lawyer Eckhard Roseman, representing Zane Killian, said that the burly, tattooed former sportsman had played no part in the murder of Lieutenant-Colonel Charl Kinnear.

On Friday 9 October 2020 Roseman handed in to court documents showing that Killian had registered his company, Zane Killian Tracking and Investigation, with the Private Security Industry Regulatory Authority (PSIRA).

The decorated Kinnear was assassinated on Friday 18 September 2020 in front of his Cape Town house in Gearing Street, Bishop Lavis.

Roseman told the court that Killian worked for the private security industry and had been authorised to conduct surveillance. However, Killian “did not commit murder, nor did he conspire to commit murder and he did not unlawfully track the phone of Kinnear”.

Killian is facing charges of murder, conspiracy to commit murder and the illegal interception of communication.

A location-based service (LBS) was allegedly used to track Kinnear. The Directorate of Priority Crime Investigation used the same system to track Killian.

The charge against Killian is that he allegedly tracked Kinnear’s cellphone between March 2020 and the day of the detective’s murder.

He will have to prove that he did not play a pivotal role in the assassination plot. Killian has allegedly made a statement that a Mr Mohamed had asked him to track a cell number which Killian had been told belonged to Mohamed’s wife.

Killian would have to have been given a mandate to do this by Mr Mohamed and it is this that the court will seek to access and examine.

Private investigators Maverick Citizen has spoken to have asked why Killian would have pinged Kinnear’s phone 2,116 times without being aware of the apparent malicious intent of the track.

“If he pinged Kinnear’s phone so many times, surely he must have been paid for his service either in cash or EFT payment. If he had a mandate of this Mr Mohamad then he would not have been arrested,” the PI suggested.

These missing elements did not emerge in the Bishop Lavis Court on Friday and will, at some point, be crucial to Killian’s counsel in order to substantiate Killian’s denial of any involvement of the murder.

At the time of his death, Kinnear was investigating a gun-racket ring implicating alleged underworld kingpin Nafiz Modack and several corrupt high-ranking police officers. 

Maverick Citizen also established Kinnear’s investigation was just the tip of the iceberg and would have exposed further links with the Gauteng mafia dealing in diamond and gold smuggling and also using international hitmen to carry out their dirty work.

Corruption within the police and the mistrust it has caused was further demonstrated by the calling of a Cape Town private investigator, shortly after Kinnear’s murder, to debug Kinnear’s car to see if a tracker had been hidden without his knowledge.

This sweep indicated that Kinnear’s car had not been tracked.

Killian’s instructing attorney, Eric Breyer, said that documents submitted to the court indicate Killian is a registered private investigator and had PSIRA documents for his business. 

Breyer said he was disappointed by the length of time it was taking to find a suitable court to hear Killian’s bail application.

“At our last appearance on Monday 5 October the new prosecutor, Greg Wolmarans, undertook himself to find a regional court. Hopefully by next Wednesday we will be able to do so.”

Breyer said documents handed to the court proving Killian’s business registration were necessary to protect his constitutional right to do business.

“He faces charges and the relevance of the documentation is that they prove that he is entitled to earn a living in terms of the Constitution and that is the job that he does and as far as we are concerned he is acting within the ambit of the law.”

Eric Ntabazalila, spokesperson for the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) in the Western Cape, said on Monday 5 October that the matter had been postponed because security risks had been raised. It had been agreed that the matter would be moved to another court.

“The State was then tasked with liaising with the regional court president with the aim of securing a regional court for the accused bail application. On Friday 9 October, the State informed the court that we are still awaiting a response from the president of the regional court,” Ntabazalila said.

The matter was postponed to Wednesday 14 October. If a new venue has been found, the matter will be transferred to the new court for a bail application. MC

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  • For those like me who were wondering on how he actually did the tracking (thinking surely one needs a warrant or similar to get the networks to hand over the information) the answer is in another article – https://www.dailymaverick.co.za/article/2020-09-24-former-rugby-player-arrested-in-kinnear-investigation-set-to-appear-in-cape-town-court/:

    > The former rugby player, said sources, is a debt collector for car finance defaulters. The man’s line of work would have given him access to the technology that would have enabled him to easily and cheaply keep track of Kinnear.

    > Tracker companies are authorised to ping SIM cards often when a tracker unit stops transmitting. Networks allow tracker companies to ping their own units cheaply.

    It’s a massive invasion of privacy and abuse of the system if random, unregistered SIMs can be pinged on such a system. Knowing what the mobile networks in this country do and how they operate though, it doesn’t surprise me in the least.

  • Who oversees the Private Security Industry Regulatory Authority? Surely these dubious characters can not track whoever they wish and what regulations permit them to monitor police officers carrying out their duties, particularly detectives. The detectives have a difficult enough and dangerous job to carry out without being monitored constantly by amoral thugs.

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