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Nafiz Modack trial: Witness testifies Charl Kinnear’s phone was pinged 2 000 times before his death

Slain police detective, Charl Kinnear, was pinged more than 2,000 times to determine his whereabouts.

This was revealed in the Western Cape High Court when former SAPS Cop, Bradley Goldblatt, testified about selling pings to Zane Killian, accused two, in the Nafiz Modack trial.

Kinnear was investigating Modack and police corruption when he was shot dead outside his Cape Town home in September 2020.

The trial of Nafiz Modak, Zane Kilian, and 13 others focused on the tracking of people’s locations, also known as pinging.

The State alleges that Modack instructed and paid Kilian, a former debt collector, to trace people who got on his wrong side.

Some of those who were pinged include William Booth who survived being shot at out his home in April 2020.

Another was Jerome Booysen, Modack’s rival, and anti-gang unit detective, Charl Kinnear.

Bradley Goldblatt, who had a pinging platform said he had sold pings to Killian in 2020.

He said round about the end of August, the beginning of September 2020, Killian wanted to increase his pinging bundles which was 50 a month for just over R2000.

For R5000 he gave him unlimited pings.

However, then he was alerted to excessive pinging of a certain number.

He said he informed the crimes against the state unit in the hawks about this but was assured that Kinnear had protection.

He then throttled Killian’s pinging access.

Two days before Kinnear was assassinated, Kilian pleaded with him for more pings as he had run out.

Kinnear was shot and killed outside his house in Bishop Lavis on 18 September 2020 and that is when the pinging stopped.

Kilian and Modack’s lawyers will on Monday have an opportunity to cross-examine Goldblatt.


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