Krejcir case: Witness reliability questioned

The defence has attempted to punch holes in the testimony of state witness Peter Msimango.

Czech fugitive Radovan Krejcir in the Palm Ridge Magistrates Court on 13 May 2014. Picture: Sebabatso Mosamo/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Lawyers for Czech fugitive Radovan Krejcir and his five co-accused are expected to further question the testimony of the state's first witness when he returns to the stand this morning.

Businessman Peter Msimango this week told the High Court sitting in Palm Ridge that Krejcir poured boiling water over East Rand man Bheki Lukhele's head in June last year because his brother owed him 25 kilograms of drugs.

The defence also questioned Msimango's relationship with well-known police investigator Nkosana 'Killer' Ximba.

The court heard that Msimango, who claims he accompanied Krejcir and his co-accused when Lukhele was kidnapped and tortured, knew Ximba personally.

Msimango told the court he regularly phoned Ximba and discussed how the investigator occasionally hosted parties for the African National Congress (ANC), the most recent being the ruling party's election victory.

Krejcir has accused Ximba of arranging his arrest and trying to torture him into a confession.

Ximba is a long-time confidant of former crime intelligence boss Richard Mdluli, who promoted him to colonel from constable in one day.

In a separate case, Krejcir is accused of plotting to kill Ximba and another investigator.