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'Geweld' Thomas denies being a ‘lethal gang boss’

The 28s gang leader denied being a danger to society saying he’s praised for his good behavior in prison.

FILE: Convicted gangster George ‘Geweld’ Thomas.  Picture: Thomas Holders/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - Convicted gangster George 'Geweld' Thomas has testified he's not the lethal gang boss the prosecution alleges he is.

The 49-year-old gang boss today took the stand in mitigation of sentence.

He has been found guilty on 53 charges including seven murders.

Thomas claims to no longer be an active member of the 28s gang and told the court he has not been in a position to order any murders while he has been in jail.

He has also denied being a danger to society adding he's often praised for his good behavior in prison.

Thomas has been an awaiting trial inmate at the Drakenstein Prison since 2008.

Cellphone records were used to link him to several murders with his defence trying to use his incarceration as an alibi.

He denied having a high rank within the gang, saying as a 'sergeant', he was only able to train new members and not order instructions.

Judge Chantal Fortuin however has rejected the testimony as improbable.

It also emerged that Thomas made 33,000 cell phone calls from behind bars during his trial.

Fortuin says during his time as an awaiting trial prisoner at five different facilities, Thomas made more than 1,300 cellphone calls to his henchmen every month.

Cellphone records revealed all the calls were made after 4pm which is when prison warders changed shifts.

Fortuin says the state has successfully proved the heavily tattooed 49-year-old controlled the prison gang as an enterprise.