Daily Maverick (Johannesburg)

South Africa: Bad Cops, Assassins, Czech Fugitives - the Meaning of Paul O'sullivan

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Private investigator Paul O' Sullivan spent eight years relentlessly investigating former police chief Jackie Selebi. As Selebi's trial drew to a close in 2010, the apparently indefatigable Irish expat began focusing on his next project - toppling the extensive criminal empire of one of the most dangerous criminals in the country, Czech-born fugitive Radovan Krejcir.

This week, four people were arrested in Johannesburg for plotting to assassinate O'Sullivan, Colonel Nkosana "Killer" Ximba (who arrested Krejcir in December) as well as other members of a Hawks special task team investigating Krejcir.

On 10 September 2010 at around 6.30pm, private investigator Paul O'Sullivan was in Dublin when he received a call on his cellphone. He answered in his usual manner: "O'Sullivan, good day." The caller at the other end paused momentarily before speaking.

The man, recalls O'Sullivan, had an Eastern European accent and said "Hello, clown. You want to fuck with me? I will show you who is Radovan. When you will come back to South Africa, I will make you suck my cock, then I will kill you, to show you you fucked with the wrong guy."

The caller then hung up.

On 18 September 2010, Paul O'Sullivan...

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