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State optimistic alleged 28s gang boss will get 5 life sentences

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

FILE: An alleged 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.

CAPE TOWN - Prosecutors in the marathon trial of alleged gang kingpin George 'Geweld' Thomas believe they have done enough to secure at least five life sentences.

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

The men are being tried under the Prevention of Organised Crime Amendment Act.

Prosecutors are confident after Judge Chantel Fortuin on Tuesday dismissed some of the defence's accounts as lies.

They say they expect a verdict later this week.

In the dock, the 18 accused appeared jovial and relaxed as they gestured to family and friends who filled the public gallery.

Thomas and his co-accused face over 140 charges ranging from murder to racketeering dating back as far as 2006.

Thomas is accused of organising hits on several people from inside prison among them state witnesses.

He's been an awaiting trial prisoner since 2008.

Fortuin said in her final verdict she will consider all the evidence together, including cellphone records that allegedly implicate Thomas in several murders.

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