Jail for Terrible Josters means joy for neighbours
Violence has dropped since these gang members were put behind bars - so that's where they'll remain, says judge
Violence in parts of the Cape Flats has subsided since gang leaders were arrested 18 months ago, according to a Cape Town high court judgment.
Acting judge Johan de Waal denied bail to the alleged leader of the Terrible Josters, Horatio “Voudie” Solomons, who is due to go on trial in May on 71 counts including murder, drug dealing and contraventions of the Prevention of Organised Crime Act.
The bail application by Solomons, 29, saw two petitions being submitted to the judge. One was orchestrated by Solomons’s mother and contained the names of 293 Delft residents saying they had no objection to bail being granted.
The other contained the signatures of 260 people in the Delft suburb of Roosendal asking the judge to keep the alleged gangster behind bars.
De Waal said petitions could not sway the criminal justice system, but he said Solomons would remain in Pollsmoor Prison until he joins 11 other alleged Terrible Josters gangsters in the high court dock on May 6.
“The serious problem with gang violence on the Cape Flats, to which [Solomons] has been linked, outweighs [his] right [to freedom],” said the judge.
“Gang-related shootings is an immense problem for communities in the Cape Flats. It appears ... that since the incarceration of the Terrible Josters criminal gang members there has been a de-escalation of gang violence in these areas.”
A metaphorical river of blood flowed through the bail hearing, where De Waal heard prosecution evidence that Solomons had been charged in relation to six murders:
In the murder of Levert Seekoei, he is accused of ordering the killing;
In the 2013 murder of 28s member Brandon Dickson, he is accused of ordering the hit in revenge for Dickson’s alleged murder of Hilton Adriaanse;
In the 2013 murder in Belhar of Leon Davids, he is accused of ordering a hit by three of his co-accused and then telling the state’s main witness that “his people never miss”;
In the murder of drug-dealer Vernon Bothes, he is accused of being in the passenger seat of the killers’ getaway car;
In the murder of Aubrey Johannes, he is accused of ordering the killing and providing the getaway car because rival gang the Sexy Boys had used Johannes’s vehicle to transport assassins in another murder; and
In the 2014 murder of Roosendal High School matric pupil Lorenzo de Kock, he is accused of ordering the killing because the boy was suspected of spying for a rival gang, the Dixie Boys.
Solomons also faces a drug-dealing charge related to a “large shipment” of mandrax seized in 2016 at the home he shared with his mother in Durbanville. His fingerprints were on the drugs, said prosecutor Mervyn Menigo.
The prosecutor said there were numerous connections between Solomons and gang activity, with three standing out:
Solomons was in a relationship with Jayde Daniels, who was pregnant when she died after being shot six times in 2014. “It is alleged that the murder was a gang hit aimed at [Solomons],” said Menigo;
[Solomons] was shot in Roosendal in February 2017; and;
A minibus taxi registered to Solomons’s mother was found in Roosendal containing firearms and drugs...