South Africa: Modack to Hear Bail Decision in Cape Town Extortion Case

Cape Town at night (file photo).
28 February 2018

Suspected underworld kingpin Nafiz Modack and his four co-accused are expected to hear on Wednesday if the Cape Town Magistrate's Court has granted them bail.

If Modack is granted bail, it will be the third recent case in which he has successfully applied for bail and it means that he could be released from custody after being behind bars for more than three months.

However, it previously emerged in the Cape Town Magistrate's Court that he may be arrested again in connection with the murder of a bouncer at Cubana, in Green Point, on December 3, 2017.

Modack is accused alongside Colin Booysen - the brother of alleged Sexy Boys gang boss Jerome Booysen - Jacques Cronje, Ashley Fields and Carl Lakay.

They face extortion charges relating to nightclub security.

The group was arrested on December 15 and have been in custody since then.

During the bail application, the prosecution argued that Modack and his co-accused caused "havoc" in the Cape Town city centre trying to take over nightclub security.

But the defence in the matter has argued that the State's case was not fully based on evidence, but rather hearsay.

Defence versus State

In his closing argument earlier this month, Modack's advocate Dirk Uijs SC said: "Neither the crime of intimidation, nor the crime of extortion was committed by any of the applicants, especially (Modack)."

He said that the State had focused especially on his client, but had "very little" evidence against him.

However, prosecutor Esna Erasmus hit back and said at the time that the defence had focused on only one aspect of the case.

"Intimidating people and threatening people seems to be a way of life for (Modack). That is the way he does business," she had said.

Other cases

Modack and Cronje were also charged with attempted extortion in Johannesburg.

They were both granted bail of R10 000 each in this case on Monday.

In January, Modack and Ikeraam Modack were charged with the theft of a motor vehicle.

They were granted bail in this case in the Goodwood Magistrate's Court on February 9.


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