Phiyega uses Krejcir conviction to warn foreign criminals

Phiyega says Krejcir’s conviction is a clear message that foreigners cannot come to SA to commit crimes.

FILE. Radovan Krejcir appears in court as he is formally charged. Picture: Kgothatso Mogale/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - National Police Commissioner Riah Phiyega says Radovan Krejcir's conviction should send a loud message to people worldwide that's South Africa can't be used as a backyard for fugitives to run to.

The Czech businessman was on Monday convicted of attempted murder and kidnapping involving a drug deal.

It's the first time Krejcir has been convicted in South Africa since arriving in 2007.

The commissioner says Krejcir's conviction is a clear message to foreigners that they cannot run to South Africa to carry out criminal activities.

LISTEN: EWN' s Mandy Wiener with an update as Krejcir is found guilty of kidnapping and attempted murder.

She believes that Bedfordview and other circles Krejcir moved in will be a much safer place now.

The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) has also welcomed the judgment, but spokesperson Phindi Louw says this is about more than one man.

"It's not about bringing an individual down, but rather to ensure that justice prevails. The actual message here is that if you commit crime know that the NPA won't hesitate to throw the full might of the law at you."

The police and NPA say they're continuing to focus on other trials involving Krejcir, in the hope of further convictions.

Phiyega has heaped praise on the cops responsible, but says she's concerned that three Hawks members were convicted along with Krejcir.

Louw says this conviction won't necessarily have an impact on other trials Krejcir is fighting.

"Every case is treated according to its merits, so I wouldn't say this will then strengthen our other cases where Krejcir is involved. Let's rather treat each case separately."

Sentencing in this case is set for mid-September.