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Judgment in case against alleged 28s gang leader & 17 co-accused continues

The men collectively face 141 charges, ranging from murder, extortion and conspiracy to commit murder.

An alleged leader of the 28s gang, George Thomas and his 17 co-accused in court on 4 May 2015, they collectively face 141 charges ranging from murder to attempted murder. Picture: Thomas Holder/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - Judgment in the trial of an alleged 28s gang leader and 17 of his co-accused continues on Wednesday in the Western Cape High Court.

Judge Chantel Fortuin has spent the past few days summarising her judgement in the trial of George 'Geweld' Thomas and his co-accused.

They face dozens of charges, many of them relating to gang activities.

Fortuin on Tuesday detailed allegations of how the alleged 28s gang boss systematically planned the execution of several potential state witnesses, including Curtis Esterhuizen.

Thomas is charged with ordering a hit on Esterhuizen.

Thomas and his 17 co-accused are being prosecuted under the Prevention of Organised Crime Act and collectively face 141 charges, ranging from murder, extortion and conspiracy to commit murder.

He has been an awaiting trial prisoner at the Drakenstein Correctional Centre since 2008 and the state alleges he coordinated hits on more than a dozen people, dating back to 2006.

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