Mysterious Meetings, Spook Allegations and Threats
Two high-ranking police officers have held meetings with controversial businessman Nafiz Modack who is apparently heading up a faction taking over nightclub security.
On the night of May 4, 2017, News24 witnessed Modack and Northern Cape provincial police commissioner Risimati Shivuri sitting together and talking in an upmarket hotel near the V&A Waterfront.
It is not clear what they were discussing.
When News24 reporter Caryn Dolley asked Modack, via email, about the meeting which she had witnessed, he initially replied: “I don’t think I need to explain to anY ONE who I meet or why! I meet lotsa people all the time would you like to no WHO THEY ARE ASWELL [sic].”
He then sent an email headed “WE HAVE EYES EVERY WHR [sic].”
A photograph of Dolley at the hotel while Modack met Shivuri there was attached.
The body of the email said: “WE HAVE EYES EVERY WHR HAVE A GREAT DAY FURTHER [sic].”
Asked via email if this was a threat or an attempt to intimidate the journalist and why he would react in this manner, Modack denied this.
He replied via email: “NOT AT ALL , JUST LETTING U NO WHO MY GUYS PICKED UP WHO WAS WATCHING ME AS I HAVE PEOPLE ALL AROUND , I DNT EVEN NO WHOS IN THE PIC
NO ONE HAVE A REASON TO THREATEN YOU AN I WOLUDNT ALLOW ANY PNE TO DO THAT HAVE A GREAT DAY [sic].”
Asked about Shivuri’s meeting with Modack, Major-General Sally de Beer, on behalf of the police, said: “The placement of the Provincial Commissioner: Northern Cape under unlawful surveillance by those with ulterior motives is strongly condemned.”
The response said the police would not be commenting on Shivuri’s “movements and meetings” through the media.
Well-placed sources with intimate knowledge of the situation have also claimed that Western Cape detective head Major-General Patrick Mbotho has met with Modack at least twice over matters relating to a vehicle and firearms.
Mbotho denied this, saying Modack approached him about a complaint against the police.
They had met in his office once.
On August 4. 2017, Dolley received another threat via SMS.
This threat related to articles she had written on a national gun smuggling investigation, which included looking into how police officers smuggled firearms to gangsters, as well as the origin of underworld guns.
The threat said guns smuggled from police to gangsters would be used on her head.
Dolley lodged a criminal complaint with police.
Several sources with links to policing and the underworld believe the shift in the club security industry has been orchestrated by police, informants and state security agents trying to take down key underworld players.
State Security Agency spokesperson Brian Dube denied this in April 2017.
“The allegations made about our involvement in the ‘shake up’ of the industry are baseless and are devoid of any truth,” he told News24.
But rumours of police, Hawks and Crime Intelligence officers’ involvement in the underworld shift have persisted.
In a civil trial which started in the Western Cape High Court early in 2017, it emerged that former president Nelson Mandela had in fact in the late nineties tasked select police officers with infiltrating the underworld.
This civil trial focuses on Major-General Andre Lincoln who is claiming R15m in damages from the police minister for what he believes was his wrongful prosecution.
In 1996 Mandela appointed Lincoln to head up the Presidential Investigative Task Unit (Pitu), an elite team which probed organised crime and links to police and politicians.
However, Lincoln went on to be arrested, an act he believes was carried out to snuff out investigations into high-ranking officials.
A court document in the matter detailed how Mandela’s elite investigative unit was tasked with infiltrating the underworld.
It said: “The mandate of Pitu was named Operation Intrigue, a secret operation functioning in a covert manner gathering secretive or confidential information on its main targets through surveillance and infiltration of the criminal underworld operating around the nightlife of Cape Town, most of whom were connected to police officers operating on the ground.”