Colin Booysen rearrested for contravening bail conditions

Booysen, who is also out on bail pending a trial related to murder, and three co-accused are on trial for allegedly running a protection racket in the city.

FILE: Colin Booysen and businessman Nafiz Modack (R) appeared in Cape Town Regional Court. Picture: Shamiela Fisher/EWN

CAPE TOWN - There was high drama at the Cape Town Regional Court on Wednesday afternoon, after one of the accused in a citywide extortion racket was rearrested for allegedly contravening his bail conditions in another matter.

Colin Booysen and three co-accused are on trial for allegedly running a protection racket in the city. But Booysen is also out on bail pending a trial related to a murder.

Police pounced on him and his two co-accused in that matter accusing them of contravening their bail conditions.

Several members of the police anti-gang unit arrived at the regional court to arrest Booysen who is the brother of alleged gang boss Jerome ‘Donkie’ Booysen.

Booysen and his two bodyguards are said to have broken one of their bail conditions after they failed to sign in at the Parow police station on Monday.

This is one of the conditions set in a murder case that is being heard in the Bellville Magistrates Court.

Booysen’s lawyer says his client and his private security failed to make it to the police station on the day because they had to be at the cape town regional court instead, for the continuation of the extortion trial.

Magistrate Byron Pedro was not impressed by the way the police executed the arrest warrant and promptly summoned police anti-gang unit commander major-general Andre-Lincoln into the dock to explain why officers had not waited until the conclusion of court proceedings today to arrest the three men.

Lincoln says he will look into the matter, adding that this was meant to be dealt with at the end of the court day.

(Edited by Mihlali Ntsabo)