Cape City – A convicted killer who was sentenced to 55 years imprisonment has advised the court docket he murdered his sufferer on orders from a controversial businessman and alleged underworld kingpin, Nafiz Modack.
Abongile Nqodi, 35, was sentenced within the Khayelitsha Precedence Court docket final week for the homicide of Nicholaas Heerschap, 74, who was shot throughout a success meant for his son, outdoors their dwelling in Melkbosstrand in 2019.
Heerschap’s son, a former member of the Directorate for Precedence Crime Investigation (Hawks) Warrant Officer Nico Heerschap was investigating Modack on the time.
Nqodi was convicted on fees of collaborating within the actions of a gang, conspiracy to commit homicide, homicide, unlawful possession of a firearm and unlawful possession of ammunition.
Spokesperson for the Nationwide Prosecuting Authority (NPA), Eric Ntabazalila mentioned the court docket sentenced Nqodi to 25 years imprisonment for homicide with 5 years suspended, 10 years in jail for the unlawful possession of a firearm, one other 10 years imprisonment for the unlawful possession of ammunition, 5 years for collaborating in gang exercise and a further 5 years for conspiracy to commit homicide.
“The court docket ordered that sentences imposed for collaborating within the actions of a gang, conspiracy to commit homicide, unlawful possession of a firearm and unlawful possession of ammunition, run concurrently with the sentence handed down for homicide.
“The court docket additional ordered that 12 years of the sentence for homicide, run concurrently with the sentence he’s serving for a case he was convicted for, on the Cape City Regional Court docket. “He’s presently serving 15 years imprisonment in that case,” Ntabazalila mentioned.
Nqodi advised the court 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 along with three accomplices, Riyaat Gesant, Fagmeed Kelly and Mario Petersen, he drove to an tackle in Melkbosstrand to kill the Hawks detective on July 9, 2019.
The court docket heard that upon arrival on the tackle they observed a white man reversing a bakkie out of the yard, Nqodi and Gesant, who was a backup shooter,went as much as the car and he shot the motive force twice within the head.
The sufferer turned out to be the supposed goal’s father.
The court docket heard they had been paid R25 000 for the assassination which was break up 5 methods.
He additionally advised the court docket that he had met with Modack later in Kuilsriver the place he was congratulated on a job effectively finished.
He mentioned Modack allegedly advised him to not be involved about authorized charges as it could be coated, and allegedly gave him the title of the lawyer who can be representing him.
He additional claimed Modack would give directions to a different gang member if he wanted one thing finished.
Nqodi confessed to murdering his sufferer on directions he obtained from Modack and Moegamat Toufeeq Brown, the chief of the Horrible West Siders.
He additionally pinpointed Modack because the funder for the homicide.
Throughout argument for aggravation of sentence, prosecutor Advocate Adenaan Gelderblom argued that the homicide was premeditated, and aimed on the Hawks officer who was investigating Modack.
He mentioned a number of legislation enforcement officers and members of the judiciary have change into targets of legal assaults for doing their authorized duties.
“He [Nqodi] has agreed to admit towards different gang members concerned within the homicide of Nicolaas Paulus Heerschap. He may also testify as a state witness, within the case of the homicide of a tow truck driver, the tried homicide of Andre Naude and the conspiracy to kill Cape City lawyer, William Sales space, to which crimes he has already confessed and did pointing outs associated 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.
Modack who’s presently in jail for over a 12 months is reportedly because of go on trial quickly to face an array of fees together with that of the homicide of high cop Colonel Charl Kinnear.