A German fugitive has been arrested for alleged links with Czech businessman Radovan Krejcir, a suspect in a bomb blast that killed two people and wounded five others in Johannesburg earlier this month, authorities said on Tuesday.
Willi Breuer was arrested at his Kibler Park home in Johannesburg Tuesday afternoon, and is now in the custody of the Department of Home Affairs (DHA), said Modiri Mathews, head of the department's inspectorate.
Mathews confirmed that Breuer, 61, has been an illegal immigrant in South Africa for the past eight years.
The DHA is in the process to deport Breuer, according to Mathews.
Breuer met with President Jacob Zuma at his Johannesburg home last September, where the former promised to invest millions of rands in municipalities through waste management projects, according to the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC).
"There were reports that he had a meeting with the President despite his status not being lawful in this country," Mathews said.
Police refused to disclose details about Breuer's relationship with Krejcir who was arrested at his Johannesburg home on Friday for suspected involvement in a series of crimes.
The Czech fugitive was believed to be behind the Nov. 12 bomb blast in Johannesburg, in which two persons -- two of Krejcir's close associates -- were killed and five others wounded.
Police have been investigating Krejcir's possible role in the blast, which took place in Krejcir's shop in Bedfordview, east Johannesburg. The motive of the blast remains unknown.
Krejcir is fighting extradition to the Czech Republic, where he faces an 11-year prison sentence on tax fraud, conspiracy to murder, counterfeiting, extortion and abduction.
He arrived in South Africa in 2007 with papers indicating he was an asylum seeker from the Seychelles.
In July, Krejcir was the target of an apparent bid to kill him outside his Bedfordview office. He escaped unharmed.
Several men reportedly associated to Krejicir have been shot and killed over the last two and a half years.
Police Minister Nathi Mathethwa said on Monday that Krejicir will be deported to the Czech Republic after he was held accountable for his alleged atrocities which include kidnapping, assault to do grievous bodily harm and attempted murder.