Amaal Jantjies is the woman accused of plotting five hits on Anti-Gang Unit (AGU) senior officer Lieutenant-Colonel Charl Kinnear. Jantjies was denied bail in the Parow Regional Court on Wednesday.
Dismissing the bail application, Magistrate Richard Sikhwivhilu said: “The fact that she is familiar with State witnesses, the investigation against her is not completed and in view of her connections with the underworld there is a likelihood that she will intimidate or threaten witnesses and destroy evidence.”
Jantjies appeared along with her co-accused, Farek Smith and Janick Adonis. The accused face charges of contravention of the Prevention of Organised Crime Act, five counts of conspiracy to commit murder, attempted murder, conspiracy to possess explosives and thus contravening the Explosives Act 26 of 1956, conspiracy to acquire explosives and the illegal possession of a firearm.
According to reports, the charges stem from events leading up to the failed hand grenade attack at Kinnear’s home on 23 November 2019. The prosecution presented evidence during the bail hearing and messages between Jantjies and Nafiz Modack, the evidence reportedly proves that Jantjies allegedly carried out instructions from Modack to assassinate Kinnear.
The ruling is comprehensive in that it took into account all facts placed before the court, weighed up against the seriousness of the crime and whether it was in the interest of justice to release Jantjies on bail.
From the evidence presented by the prosecution during the bail hearing and messages between Jantjies and Modack, it appeared that Jantjies had carried out Modack’s instructions in attempts to assassinate Kinnear.
Jantjies argued for bail saying she is a single mother of two, a breadwinner, is asthmatic and has no previous convictions, however, the Magistrate found that she had failed to persuade the court that exceptional circumstances existed to justify her release on bail.