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State witness testimony in the spotlight in 28s gang trial

Alleged 28s gang leader George 'Geweld' Thomas and 17 co-accused face over 140 charges.

Geweld and 17 others appeared at the Western Cape High Court facing 166 charges including murder, attempted murder, conspiracy to commit murder. Picture: Thomas Holders/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - In the Western Cape High Court, the strength of testimony from several state witnesses is in the spotlight in the trial against 18 alleged gangsters.

Alleged 28s gang leader George 'Geweld' Thomas and 17 co-accused face over 140 charges, including 17 murders.

Leader of the 28s gang, George Thomas, and his 17 co-accused in court on 4 May 2015. They collectively face 166 charges ranging from murder to attempted murder. Picture: Thomas Holder/EWN.

Judge Chantel Fortuin has started revealing part of her verdict in the High Court today.

There is a tense mood in court as Fortuin lays the ground work ahead of handing down judgment in the trial against alleged 28s gang boss Thomas.

Fortuin has commended state witnesses, but has already ruled out some testimony which could not be corroborated.

The alleged gang boss has been an awaiting trial prisoner since 2008 and has relied on his incarceration as an alibi for much of the charges against him.