Krejcir shaken by Sam Issa hit

Krejcir has described his relationship with Sam Issa, saying news of his death was unbelievable.

FILE: Czech businessman Radovan Krejcir at the scene where he survived an attempted hit on his life in Bedfordview. Picture: Christa van der Walt/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - Czech businessman Radovan Krejcir has reacted with disbelief to the killing of Sam Issa.

Issa was shot dead near the Bedford Centre on Saturday morning in what police are calling a hit.

The Lebanese national, who had been living in South Africa for 16 years, was also known 'Cripple Sam' or 'Black Sam'.

It's understood he was waiting at a traffic light when another vehicle pulled up next to him and a gunman opened fire.

Issa sustained a number of gunshots and died on the scene.

Krejcir spoke to Eyewitness News about his relationship with Issa, saying he was shocked by the news.

"I couldn't believe what you're telling me. I knew this guy from Bedfordview. He was a little bit strange. But I don't understand what's going on."

He said their relationship was fairly limited.

"I didn't know him so well, he was a very private person. Nobody knew what he was doing or who his associates were."

He also distanced himself from the incident when asked if it may have been connected to him in any way.

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

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

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.