'28s gang leader planned to execute key state witnesses'
The state alleges ‘Geweld’ coordinated hits on more than a dozen people, including state witnesses.
CAPE TOWN - The Western Cape High Court on Tuesday heard allegations of how alleged 28s gang boss George 'Geweld' Thomas systematically planned the execution of key state witnesses.
Judge Chantel Fortuin spent a second day summarising the 141 charges against Thomas and 17 co-accused.
The charges range from murder to conspiracy to commit and racketeering, dating back as far as 2006.
Thomas and his co-accused showed no emotion and stared straight ahead as Fortuin detailed some of the charges against them.
He is the alleged mastermind behind a 17 murders dating back to 2006.
On Tuesday the court heard how the alleged leader of the 28s gang plotted several murders in Bishop Lavis and the surrounding areas using a specialised hunting rifle.
Thomas has been an awaiting trial inmate at Drakenstein Correctional Centre since 2008 and the state alleges he coordinated hits on more than a dozen people, including state witnesses.