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'Geweld controlled the 28s gang like an enterprise'

Argument in mitigation and aggravation of sentence continues in the trial of George 'Geweld' Thomas.

FILE: An alleged leader of the 28s gang, George Thomas (L) and his 17 co-accused in court on 4 May 2015. Picture: Thomas Holder/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - Argument in mitigation and aggravation of sentence continues in the trial of 28s gang boss George 'Geweld' Thomas today.

Last week, Thomas was found guilty on 53 charges including seven murders.

Sentencing proceedings started in the Western Cape High Court on Tuesday with Thomas testifying in mitigation of sentence.

Thomas has tried to convince the court he has not been an active gangster since 1998.

But last week Judge Chantel Fortuin ruled he used his high rank within the 28s prison gang to order the murders of seven people between 2008 and 2010.

Arguing in aggravation of sentence, the prosecution reminded the court of Thomas' previous convictions of house breaking as a nine-year-old, murder as a 20-year-old and assault of a prison warder during his incarceration.

In response, Thomas told the court he retaliated because the warder had sexually assaulted him at Brandvlei prison.

The 49-year-old convicted gang boss continues to deny involvement in the crimes he's been convicted of and believes an appeal could be successful.

Fortuin said 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 said the state has successfully proved the heavily tattooed Thomas controlled the prison gang as an enterprise.

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