First on EWN: Krejcir breaks his silence
Radovan Krejcir believes he is under attack and his life in danger.
JOHANNESBURG - Radovan Krejcir insists he is not a mafia boss, an evil gangster or a "bad guy", and says it's disgusting and disappointing to suggest that he is.
Speaking exclusively to Eyewitness News from his lawyer's office in Sandton last night, Krejcir has also categorically denied that he had any involvement in any of the "underworld" killings that he has been associated with in the media.
The Czech, who is currently fighting extradition to his home country, has broken his silence following a string of crimes over the past few weeks in which his associates have been killed.
In the latest incident, two of his close friends died in a blast at his Money Point shop in Bedfordview on Tuesday night.
His business associate and Money Point director South African Ronny Bvuma (Ronny Smith) and Czech fugitive Jan 'John' Charvat were killed in the explosion.
Krejcir believes he is under attack and his life is in danger.
"I lost two of my closest friends and I'm very sad about it. I believe I'm under attack, because so far there have already been two attempts to murder me," Krejcir told Eyewitness News in the exclusive interview.
He says it has been a difficult few days for him and he is in mourning.
Smoke rises from Radovan Krejcir's Money Point shop in Bedfordview shortly after an explosion on 12 November 2013. Picture: @mickey_gp/Twitter.
Krejcir assumes this week's Bedfordview blast was aimed at killing him.
It followed another attempt on his life earlier this year when a motorcar rigged with crude guns and operated by remote control opened fire on him at the same premises.
While Krejcir described the earlier attempt as something out of a James Bond movie, he's not making light-hearted jokes about what happened this week.
"This week was even worse. We aren't talking now about a hit on one person, we're talking about a serious terrorist attack because they used explosions and they didn't care if there were 20 people or kids there. They were willing to blow all these people up so we're talking a different level. We're talking about Al-Qaeda style, about terrorism."
However, he won't speculate on who he believes is behind the attack.
"I'm cooperating with police. They ask me and I don't want to speculate. I really don't know. I was trying to think about it, but I really don't know. I do not know if there is some common thread between the deaths of my friends and the attempt on my own life. I am as puzzled as the public should be about these deaths. I am not even certain if there is actually any connection between any of these incidents."
He also says it is "disgusting" to suggest that he staged either of the attacks to assist with his refugee bid.
"I am very disappointed that the media continuously paint me as the "bad guy" and seem to relish or enjoy painting me as some sort of evil gangster. I am none of these things. I am a family man who is trying to enjoy his life in the country I love and trying to help everybody. That's all."
In a prepared statement, Krejcir also dismisses any responsibility for 12 murders that have been linked to him: "I want to categorically state that I have had no involvement in any of the killings that the media have been so freely speculating about. I am sure that if there were any evidence of my involvement, the South African Police would have found such evidence by investigation. There is no evidence because I am not involved and have not been involved in any murders of anyone."
He believes it's irresponsible and speculative to blame him.
"I feel like that because whoever will slip on banana peel and break his legs is Radovan's fault. Before I came to South Africa there were so many killings and dead people, but now for some reason they blame me for everything. You cannot stop anybody from fabricating story. I am selling newspapers now. They need somebody like a boogey man in this country and now they choose me and I will be happy if somebody came and took my place."
Emergency services closed the road outside Radovan Krejcir's Money Point shop in Bedfordview where an explosion occurred on 12 November 2013. Picture: Mandy Wiener/EWN
Residents of Bedfordview have expressed their fear about the spate of crimes there over recent weeks and are now in the process of signing a petition to have Krejcir kicked out the suburb.
But he says he loves living there and is a proud resident.
"Well I have no reason to change my place because I have done nothing wrong. The reaction of the people is from speculation and from what the media serve to them. My suburb Bedfordview is very close to my heart and it pains me greatly to hear the various wild and unjustified allegations being made against me. South Africa is the best country in the world to live in."
He also says there is no reason for him to be feared.
"Of course not, I am every day in public. I don't know why they should fear me. Do I look like evil? I've done nothing wrong in my life," he says. He's taken aim at private investigator Paul O'Sullivan and blames him for driving the "rumour, gossip and speculation". "I believe it's from the rumours. I believe it's also part of the strategy of O'Sullivan who would like to remove me from this country for his financial benefit from Czech Republic."
The father of two would not speak about the ongoing extradition application which has been brought by the Czech Republic, nor about his application for refugee status.
However, he did say he was "hopeful" that he would be allowed to stay.
"My mother is very worried. My mother would love to move here to this country. Obviously she's not happy. She doesn't want me to go home. She knows if I go home I will be killed for political reasons," says Krejcir.
But he admits that if whoever is after him really wants him dead, they will succeed and he's not increasing his security.
"I don't believe in more security. Look they killed JFK, so if these people want to kill me I will be dead. Security is not going to help you."
To read Krejcir's full statement, click here.
To view the exclusive video interview with Krejcir, click here.