George Louca to be laid to rest today

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

FILE: The late Cypriot George Louca. Picture: Mandy Wiener/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Cypriot George Louca will be laid to rest in his home country today, a week after he died at the Steve Biko Academic Hospital.

Louca had been denied medical parole despite suffering from stage four lung cancer.

He was accused of killing strip club boss Lolly Jackson in 2010, but last month claimed Czech fugitive Radovan Krejcir was the shooter.

Louca's brother Dimitri Panayiotou said he will this week consult his lawyers to pursue a civil case against the South African authorities for not allowing his brother to die in Cyprus.

He accused the National Prosecuting Authority of allowing Louca to die in an inhumane way in a prison cell, despite knowing that he had only a few months to live.

Panayiotou said the state misled the family by giving them false hope that he will be released.

"On the 22 April they called me and they said to me 'come tomorrow to pick your brother and go back together to Cyprus'."

Louca's four children last saw him before he was extradited to South Africa.


Louca's family said they're disappointed that the government refused to pay for the repatriation of his body.

Last week, Panayiotou said he knew 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.