Two skollies from the Cape Flats gang The Firm were found guilty of the murder of crimefighter and state witness Gregory “Kallie” Carelse.
Ashwin Willemse and Waylin Abdullah, were found guilty on five different charges at the Western Cape High Court this week.
They murdered the 56-year-old father in a suspected gang hit on 18 October 2018.
Carelse, from Bishop Lavis, was a chief security officer at the Department of Community Safety, as well as a police reservist.
It was rumoured that he was targeted after witnessing a gang-related murder and a bounty of R250 000 had been placed on his head.
Carelse was shot on the corner of Barracuda Street and Kasteelberg Road in Bishop Lavis, where he had been standing with an 18-year-old man.
National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) spokesperson Eric Ntabazalila confirms Carelse was a state witness in a drive-by shooting in October 2017 in Forel Street in Valhalla Park.
“In this incident, three gang members were shot dead. At the time of his fatal shooting, this case was about to start at the High Court.”
Ntabazalila says after witnessing the shooting, Carelse pursued the vehicle and arrested Abraham Wilson.
“Two other members of The Firm were arrested following Wilson’s arrest. Those arrested included Wilson and Craig Stanfield.”
During the trial, it was revealed that before he could testify, Carelse was shot six times in the head and 10 times in the abdomen while Prezano Holland, 18, was shot in the stomach and also died at the scene.
In her judgement, Judge Gayaat Salie-Hlophe said it was unclear if Holland was hit by a stray bullet meant for Carelse.
Both skollies pleaded not guilty to the charges with only Willemse testifying in his own defence.
He told the court that he had been on parole at the time of Carelse’s death.
He admitted to being a member of the 28s gang in prison, but denied being a member of The Firm.
The case was postponed to 15 October where the state will argue for a life sentence.