Cape Town – Alleged underworld figure Nafiz Modack and Anti-Gang Unit (AGU) member Ashley Tabisher appeared briefly yesterday in Bishop Lavis Magistrates’ Court on bribery charges.
The state alleges there was a corrupt relationship between the two men as Tabisher, 39, passed information relating to police operations to criminals, including his co-accused Modack, 39.
The two appeared in a heavily guarded courtroom.
According to court documents, Tabisher was in collusion with another defendant, Amaal Jantjies (an associate of Modack), and they were to inform Modack when the AGU would come to his addresses because he “wanted to be ready for them” in November 2019. .
Tabisher, a sergeant attached to the AGU tactical response team, was arrested during an operation carried out this weekend by the national work team, and will join two accomplices already in court.
The state alleged: “Jantjies was able to convince Tabisher to give him information regarding when the AGU planned operations against Modack for R10,000 and a phone worth about R3,500, for communicating with her as a gratuity, thereby bribing Tabisher, a police official. . “
In another case, also in Bishop Lavis’ trial court yesterday, Modack faced further charges of violating the Proceeds of Crime Act, five counts of conspiracy to commit murder, attempted murder, conspiracy to acquire an explosive, and conspiracy to have in one’s possession or control, explosives.
This concerns incidents in which Modack, Jantjies and another co-accused, Jannick Adonis, allegedly attempted to assassinate senior policeman and AGU commander Charl Kinnear by throwing a hand grenade at his home on November 22. 2019.
National Prosecuting Authority spokesman Eric Ntabazalila said they would oppose bail in these cases. Modack and Tabisher are said to remain in custody and both cases have been postponed until Monday next week.
Police Minister Bheki Cele this week, after attending Modack’s appearance in Cape Town Magistrates’ Court on Monday, said they were planning more arrests and a murder charge would be added to the case, but Modack had yet to be linked to Kinnear’s murder.
Cele said police were tightening the net on organized crime.
“These arrests are just the beginning of police efforts to eradicate organized crime in the province. The fight against these criminal syndicates remains an ongoing exercise and such arrests show that the police are up to the task, ”Cele said.
Kinnear’s widow, Nicolette, attended the court proceedings with her sons, Casleigh and Carlisle.
“I think we are aware that this is not a sprint, it is a marathon and we are only at the start.
“I think slowly but surely things are starting to fall apart and become more public as to what really happened behind the scenes,” said Nicolette Kinnear.
Nafiz Modack, former anti-gang unit member in court for corruption
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