Krejcir charged with murder in surprise twist

The Czech fugitive and three others have been charged for the murder of a Zimbabwean debt collector.

Czech fugitive Radovan Krejcir. Picture: Christa van der Walt/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Czech businessman Radovan Krejcir and three others have been charged for the murder of Zimbabwean debt collector Phumlani Ncube.

The four appeared in the Alexandra Magistrates Court this morning alongside three other suspects on charges relating to an alleged plot to kill two investigators when the murder charge was added.

Ncube's bullet-riddled body was discovered in Heidelburg in July last year.

The move appeared to catch Krejcir by surprise.

Krejcir's wife Katerina Krejcirova and their son Dennis, who were also in court, looked equally puzzled by today's turn of events.

The 37-year-old allegedly worked for Krejcir as a debt collector before the two had a fallout.

Ncube's family attended today's proceedings

The case has been postponed until 13 June.

Meanwhile, the police say more arrests are expected in connection with the plot to kill Colonel Nkosana 'Killer' Ximba from the police's national crime intelligence unit and private investigator Paul O'Sullivan.

O'Sullivan says he's already met with the National Prosecuting Authority to request that Krejcir be placed in solitary confinement.

"He's running his criminal empire from prison using cellphones through the contact he has with corrupt officials."

O'Sullivan says if the magistrates court doesn't implement these strict conditions he'll approach the high court.

Authorities say the investigation is now at an advanced stage.

It's unclear when the arrests might be made or whether police officers might be among the suspects.

Krejcir is also being investigated on charges of kidnapping and attempted murder related to a drug deal gone wrong.

The Czech fugitive's fourth bail application was denied last week.