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Underworld figure Nafiz Modack deeply implicated in Cap...

South Africa


Nafiz Modack deeply implicated in assassinations in Cape Town, appears in multiple courts

Nafiz Modack. (Photo: Gallo Images / Die Burger)

The State contends that alleged underworld figure Nafiz Modack not only ordered the assassination of Anti-Gang Unit officer Charl Kinnear, but also orchestrated the murders of two other people.

Nafiz Modack and debt collector Zane Kilian are the main accused in the murder of Lieutenant-Colonel Charl Kinnear from the Anti-Gang Unit in front of his Bishop Lavis house on 18 September 2020. The two accused are also prime suspects in an attempt on the life of criminal lawyer William Booth on 9 April 2020.

Modack and co-accused Amaal Jantjies, Jacques Cronje, Ricardo Morgan, Janick Adonis and former cop Ashley Tabisher face an array of charges relating to the contravention of the Prevention of Organised Crime Act, racketeering, money laundering, fraud, corruption, kidnapping and contravention of the Electronic Communications Act.

On Wednesday, Modack – along with Terrible West Siders (TWS) gang leader Moegamat Toufeeq Brown, alias “Bubbles”, Ziyaad Poole, Fagmeed Kelly, Riyaad Gesant and Mario Petersen – was formally charged in the Atlantis Magistrates’ Court for the murder of Nicolaas Heerschap.

The indictment reads: “Modack and co-accused Brown, Poole, Kelly, Gesant and Petersen unlawfully and intentionally killed Nicolaas Paulus Heerschap, an adult male person, by shooting him with a .38 revolver twice in the head … committed by a person, group of persons or syndicate acting in the execution of furtherance of a common purpose or conspiracy.”

Modack was linked to the Heerschap murder after self-confessed 28s gangster Abongile Nqodi and a member of the TWS gang said in a plea agreement on 9 April that Modack had funded the assassination.

The 74-year-old Heerschap was the father of ex-Hawks detective Nico Heerschap, who was investigating Modack at the time of the murder. He was gunned down outside his Melkbosstrand home on 9 July 2019.

Then, on Thursday, 9 June, Modack appeared in the Blue Downs Magistrates’ Court, along with co-accused Ziyaad Poole, in connection with the murder of tow truck driver Richard Joseph.

Joseph was shot seven times on 20 September 2019 with a Smith & Wesson semi-automatic pistol at CF Towing Services in Bellville. The State alleges that the murder was planned and committed by a syndicate.

Modack and Poole, along with Kilian and Gesant, also made an appearance in the Bellville Magistrates’ Court on Thursday on a count of conspiracy to kill alleged underworld figure Andre Naude. 

The indictment reads: “The State alleges that Modack and Poole conspired with confessed and convicted killer Abongile Nqodi to kill Naude on 6 September 2019 near Eksteen Street, Bellville, by shooting at his residence.”

The State also contends that the murders of Heerschap and Richard Joseph cannot be seen in isolation and that these crimes – plus the attempted murder of Booth and the assassination of Kinnear – are intertwined.

At the centre of these murders, the State claims, is the “Nafiz Modack Enterprise”.

Modack is suspected of heading a criminal enterprise and was involved in rackeetering, extortion, intimidation, killing people who hindered the activities of his enterprise and ordering assassinations.

Funding of the “Nafiz Modack Enterprise” is laid bare in an affidavit by Hawks Captain Edward Du Plessis, who investigated a business by the name of Empire Investment Cars.

Modack was the key player in Empire Investment Cars. The directorship changed to Yaseen Modack 0n 6 May 2020. But the Du Plessis probe found that the change of ownership had been backdated to 5 May 2019. This was to conceal the fact that Nafiz Modack was the beneficiary of the Empire Investment Cars’ account. 

Du Plessis further found that the account of Empire Investment Cars was allegedly used to make 12 payments to Kilian to the value of R96,500 between 26 February 2020 and 4 September 2020; 19 payments to Ricardo Morgan to the value of R140,000 between 19 September 2019 and 12 October 2020; and five payments to Amaal Jantjies to the value of R64,000 between 9 November 2019 and 15 November 2020.

“It is clear from investigation and interviews that two other accused acted in concert to disguise the interest of Nafiz Modack in Empire Investment Cars and that the Empire Investments account was used for criminal activities,” Du Plessis’ affidavit reads.

It is against this background that the State contends Modack has a very violent personality, is well connected within the SA Police Service and that the murder of Kinnear was in retaliation for investigations being conducted by the police officer. Also, the attempted hit on William Booth was allegedly triggered by the lawyer (on behalf of client Sameer Vallie) securing an interdict against Jacques Cronje, an alleged associate of Modack

Captain Du Plessis was also allegedly threatened while investigating Modack and his associates.

Modack was arrested on 29 April 2021 in connection with the murder of Kinnear and the attempted murder of Booth, as well as other charges. 

His bail was denied in the Blue Downs Regional Court in January 2022. Last month, Modack appealed against a magistrate’s decision to deny him bail. Judgment has been reserved. DM



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