Govt refuses to pay for Louca's repatriation

George Louca’s family says they’re disappointed that the government refused to pay for his repatriation.

FILE: George Louca made a brief appearance in the Kempton Park magistrates court on Wednesday on numerous charges including being accused of killing former Teazers boss Lolly Jackson. Picture:Reinart Toerien/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The family of late Cypriot George Louca says they are disappointed that the South African government has refused to pay for the repatriation of his body.

Louca died at the Steve Biko Academic Hospital on Monday after suffering from stage four lung cancer.

He was accused of killing strip club boss Lolly Jackson in 2010 but shifted the blame to Czech fugitive Radovan Krejcir.

The Cypriot was extradited to South Africa more than a year ago to stand trial for the murder of Jackson.

The National Prosecuting Authority says that statement alone cannot be used to investigate whether Krejcir must be charged for the crime.

His family is furious at government claiming it extracted information from Louca and allowed him to die alone in a prison cell.

Louca's brother Dimitri Panayiotou says his body is expected to arrive home this morning.

"I was hoping the South African government would help us repatriate his body but we received a big no from them."


Louca's family said last week they will take legal action against the South African government for allowing him to die in a state hospital away from his relatives.

His family is intending to sue the state saying he died in an inhumane way after not being allowed to go home while suffering from stage four lung cancer.

Panayiotou said government must pay for the 'inhumane way' he had to die.

The Cypriot's brother said he knows the late Cypriot was not a saint, but is adamant he did not kill the strip club boss.

Panayiotou argued his brother made a lot of mistakes in his life, but was not capable of committing murder.

"My brother made a lot of mistakes in his life, but I bet my life, he's not a murderer."

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