'SA govt gave George Louca an inhumane death'

Louca’s brother says govt extorted info from his brother, but didn’t care about his rights as a human being.

Lolly Jackson murder accused George Louca, who has been diagnosed with stage four lung cancer, arrives at the Palm Ride Magistrates Court on Tuesday 21 April 2015. picture: Mandy Wiener/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - While Cypriot national George Louca succumbed to lung cancer in the Steve Biko Academic Hospital last night, his family is directing their anger at the South African government saying the manner in which he was left to die in prison was unfair and inhumane.

Louca, who is accused of killing strip club boss Lolly Jackson, lost his medical parole bid in court last month when he asked to be released to go home and die with his family by his side.

He however made a statement in the High Court sitting in Palm Ridge last month, blaming Czech fugitive Radovan Krejcir for pulling the trigger and killing Jackson.

Dimitri Panayiotou has accused government of only ensuring they extorted information from his brother regarding the Jackson murder case, but didn't care about his rights as a human being.

"Listen to me, I don't want to say something about the case but I want to say this; they took whatever they had from my brother."

Panayiotou says Louca should have spent his last moments with his wife and children back home in Cyprus.

"They left him to die alone in a cell. This is not fair. This is not human rights."

He didn't want to reveal how the family intends to take the matter up with government.


A question mark now hangs over the Jackson murder case, with the likelihood being no one will ever be successfully prosecuted for the shooting.

Louca was the state's main accused and government spent years extraditing him from Cyprus to stand trial.

In a gasping voice, desperately ill, and breathing through an oxygen mask, Louca revealed his version of what happened the night Jackson was killed.

This revelation came just last month.

Louca insisted Krejcir pulled the trigger, and that he was merely the fall guy.

The Cypriot had fought extradition.

But Hawks investigators were adamant he was the man responsible for the murder.

In the last few months Louca and his lawyer were working with a different arm of the police, who are building a case against Krejcir.

Louca deposed to several statements on a variety of underworld related killings.

It's expected these affidavits could have been the back bone of a case against the Czech.

But with Louca dead, a central pillar of that case is now gone and it's unlikely anyone will be successfully prosecuted for Jackson's murder.