IT’S a common thread: the denial by those involved in shady dealings that they have any inside links with law enforcement. Mark Lifman, for instance, claimed that he’d only ever been close to one person in the police service, and that this person wasn’t an influential or high-ranking officer. This was despite the fact that throughout the Modack bail hearing in late 2017 and early 2018 it was implied, and sometimes said, that Modack and his co-accused Jacques Cronje and Ashley Fields believed that Mark Lifman was behind their arrests.
By the same token, Jerome Booysen denied not only having influence in the police but being involved in gangsterism at all. ‘Where the people come on with this gangsterism and gangster stuff, they must come and prove it to me because maybe I don’t have a lot of friends in the police and that’s why they can point fingers because they [are] pointing the finger away from them [sic],’ he said.
The evidence and mounting suspicions, however, often seemed The to contradict this. For example, during what appeared to be a fair amount of police dirty laundry aired during the Modack bail application, a cop investigator claimed that Nafiz Modack had previously said that police major generals Mzwandile Tiyo and Patrick Mbotho (who in December 2018 was named the new head of the Hawks for the North West province) would sort out issues Modack had...
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