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Verdict in alleged 28s gang case to be delivered today

George 'Geweld' Thomas and 17 others are accused of a crimes ranging from murder to racketeering.

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 verdict of more than 140 charges against 18 alleged gangsters will be revealed in the Western Cape High Court on Thursday.

Alleged 28s gang boss George 'Geweld' Thomas and 17 others are accused of a crimes ranging from murder to racketeering in Bishop Lavis and surrounding areas between 2006 and 2010.

They're being tried under the Prevention of Organised Crime Act in a trial that has been building up since 2008.

The state said trying the men under the Act is significant as it offers an opportunity to indict the gang and its leadership who often evade conviction.

Thomas stands accused of orchestrating 17 murders, including hits on potential state witnesses.

The prosecution has called several witnesses and delivered cellphone records that try to link Thomas to some of the murders and break through his alibi that he's been an awaiting trial prisoner since 2008.

The defence has argued allegations that Thomas ordered hits from his jail cell are impossible.

Judge Chantel Fortuin has already spent seven days reading her roughly 900 page judgment.

She concludes with her verdict on Thursday.

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