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Last words of dead witness could convict alleged 28s gang boss

Judgment in the trial against George ‘Geweld’ Thomas and 17 co-accused enters its seventh day on Tuesday.

FILE: 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 - The final words of a witness who died could help convict alleged 28s gang boss George 'Geweld' Thomas.

Judgment in the trial against Thomas and 17 co-accused enters its seventh day on Tuesday.

The alleged gangsters are being tried under the Prevention of Organised Crime Amendment Act and face over 140 charges ranging from murder to racketeering dating as far back as 2006.

State witness Haywin Strydom was expected to testify against Thomas when he was gunned down in Bishop Lavis in November 2008.

Investigating officer Alfred Barker testified Strydom was able to shed light on the gang operations of Thomas and some of his co-accused.

During trial, the court heard Strydom identified his killers to paramedics as 'Geweld's henchmen' shortly before his last breath.

The state has argued Thomas ordered Derrick Claasen and Peter McNeil to carry out the hit from prison.

Six of the 17 murder charges against the 49-year-old alleged gang leader involved potential state witnesses.