Three versions of a dark tale


Three versions of a dark tale

Ex-cop disputes background to killing of Hazel Crane.  By Jack Lundin

Was Superintendent Hans Kruger, former head of the Counterfeit Unit of the police’s Commercial Branch in Pretoria, a good cop? Or did he leave the police service under a cloud, rejected by the generals, when he sought to rejoin?

More than seven years ago Noseweek published an article (nose91) revealing the identity of the mystery woman friend who was with Hazel Crane when the society diva and Joburg crime queen was assassinated back in 2003. Margaret Turner came out of the shadows to spill the beans on Crane’s killer and the infamous counterfeit R5 coin scam run by the Israeli mafia. In the process of the telling, Supt Kruger got a few mentions.

Hans Kruger’s wife Lucinda is a 34-year-old attorney more than 20 years his junior, with her own small law firm in Benoni. She describes herself as a “litigation attorney”. Hans, who’s now a Lieut-Colonel with the police reservists, is 55 and has set himself up as a “labour practitioner”. Husband and wife share an office and they give each other work – Lucinda passing over the labour law stuff; Hans, anything that looks tasty in the field of litigation. [Such as a generous damages settlement from Noseweek? – Ed.]

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