Cape Metropolis – A convicted killer who was sentenced to 55 years imprisonment has suggested the court docket docket he murdered his sufferer on orders from a controversial businessman and alleged underworld kingpin, Nafiz Modack.
Abongile Nqodi, 35, was sentenced inside the Khayelitsha Priority Court docket docket last week for the murder of Nicholaas Heerschap, 74, who was shot all through successful meant for his son, outdoor their dwelling in Melkbosstrand in 2019.
Heerschap’s son, a former member of the Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation (Hawks) Warrant Officer Nico Heerschap was investigating Modack on the time.
Nqodi was convicted on charges of collaborating inside the actions of a gang, conspiracy to commit murder, murder, illegal possession of a firearm and illegal possession of ammunition.
Spokesperson for the Nationwide Prosecuting Authority (NPA), Eric Ntabazalila talked about the court docket docket sentenced Nqodi to 25 years imprisonment for murder with 5 years suspended, 10 years in jail for the illegal possession of a firearm, one different 10 years imprisonment for the illegal possession of ammunition, 5 years for collaborating in gang train and an additional 5 years for conspiracy to commit murder.
“The court docket docket ordered that sentences imposed for collaborating inside the actions of a gang, conspiracy to commit murder, illegal possession of a firearm and illegal possession of ammunition, run concurrently with the sentence handed down for murder.
“The court docket docket further ordered that 12 years of the sentence for murder, run concurrently with the sentence he is serving for a case he was convicted for, on the Cape Metropolis Regional Court docket docket. “He is presently serving 15 years imprisonment in that case,” Ntabazalila talked about.
Nqodi suggested the court docket docket he was a member of the 28s jail gang and a member of the Horrible West Siders which operated in Woodstock.
In his plea and sentencing settlement, he confessed that together with three accomplices, Riyaat Gesant, Fagmeed Kelly and Mario Petersen, he drove to an deal with in Melkbosstrand to kill the Hawks detective on July 9, 2019.
The court docket docket heard that upon arrival on the deal with they noticed a white man reversing a bakkie out of the yard, Nqodi and Gesant, who was a backup shooter,went as a lot because the automobile and he shot the driving force twice inside the head.
The sufferer turned out to be the supposed purpose’s father.
The court docket docket heard that they had been paid R25 000 for the a***a***ination which was break up 5 strategies.
He moreover suggested the court docket docket that he had met with Modack later in Kuilsriver the place he was congratulated on a job successfully completed.
He talked about Modack allegedly suggested him to not be concerned about licensed prices because it could possibly be coated, and allegedly gave him the title of the lawyer who might be representing him.
He further claimed Modack would give instructions to a unique gang member if he needed one factor completed.
Nqodi confessed to murdering his sufferer on instructions he obtained from Modack and Moegamat Toufeeq Brown, the chief of the Horrible West Siders.
He moreover pinpointed Modack as a result of the funder for the murder.
All through argument for aggravation of sentence, prosecutor Advocate Adenaan Gelderblom argued that the murder was premeditated, and aimed on the Hawks officer who was investigating Modack.
He talked about quite a lot of laws enforcement officers and members of the judiciary have turn into targets of authorized a***aults for doing their licensed duties.
“He [Nqodi] has agreed to confess in the direction of totally different gang members involved inside the murder of Nicolaas Paulus Heerschap. He may additionally testify as a state witness, inside the case of the murder of a tow truck driver, the tried murder of Andre Naude and the conspiracy to kill Cape Metropolis lawyer, William Gross sales area, to which crimes he has already confessed and did pointing outs a***ociated thereto.
“The State takes cognisance that its case would have been confronted with challenges with out the voluntary cooperation of the accused,” he submitted to the court docket docket.
Modack who’s presently in jail for over a 12 months is reportedly due to go on trial shortly to face an array of charges along with that of the murder of excessive cop Colonel Charl Kinnear.