He’s been called ‘A crook and a fraudster. An animal and a disgusting waste of skin and bones’.
In July last year, notorious Czech fugitive and gangster Radovan Krejcir stood in the dock in the Johannesburg Magistrate’s Court in connection with a money-laundering scam that defrauded the Central Bank of Swaziland of R7.6 million. Next to him stood his three co-accused – a prominent Gauteng businessman, Nico Oosthuizen, a relatively innocuous individual called Keith Bain and a Dr Mahendran Munsamy.
There have been several postponements since, and their next court appearance was scheduled to take place shortly after Noseweek went to press.
The world knows about Krejcir – but where had we heard of Dr Munsamy before? A bit of research revealed that the wealthy, suave medical doctor with a portfolio of lavish properties, from Hyde Park to Sandhurst, Johannesburg, has previously featured in a variety of elaborate, convoluted and allegedly criminal schemes involving South African banks and petroleum companies, a corrupted bank manager and the criminal underworld.