Krejcir associate shot dead in ‘hit’

A man known to have links with Radovan Krecjir has been shot dead in his car in Bedfordview.

Onlookers gather atop the Bedford Centre on 12 October 2013 following the killing of Sam Issa earlier in the morning. Picture: Mia Lindeque/EWN

BEDFORDVIEW - Eyewitness News has learnt that an underworld associate of Czech businessman Radovan Krejcir has been killed in what police are calling a hit near the Bedford Centre east of Johannesburg on Saturday morning.

It's understood the man was waiting at a traffic light in his car when another vehicle pulled up next to him.

Police say he then tried to speed off when a shoot-out ensued.

The victim, whose identity is known to Eyewitness News , is a well-known figure who had close ties to Krejcir and it's believed the two recently fell out.

It's also understood the victim was convicted 20 years ago after being linked to an attempted bombing in France.

His name cannot be released as his family is yet to be informed.

Police are still on the scene on Bradford Road where detectives are gathering evidence.

"We are also waiting for a forensics team from Pretoria to do the whole scene for us. The deceased is still in the vehicle so we can't say how many bullets hit him," spokesperson Anzuette Erasmus says.

Radovan Krejcir's name has been associated with a number of unsolved murders in South Africa but he has never been charged.

In July, he narrowly survived an assassination attempt involving a Volkswagen Cross Polo fitted with several gun barrels behind its rear numberplate.

The bizarre improvised weapon, which Krejcir himself compared to something out of a James Bond movie, was remotely controlled.

It was triggered as Krejcir exited his car which was then riddled with bullets, but he escaped unharmed.

The Cross Polo then burst into flames.

Krejcir is currently fighting for asylum in South Africa to avoid extradition to the Czech Republic where he has been charged for conspiracy to murder, counterfeiting, tax evasion, extortion and abduction.