Enigmatic Cape Town businessman, Cyril Beeka, 49, described by some as a leading member of the underworld and by others as a paragon of virtue, was laid to rest in dignity and style in Cape Town on 2 April 2011 after being assassinated by a gunman on a motorcycle in Bellville 10 days before. His coffin was carried in a vintage Rolls Royce, and doves were released at the graveside in the old Plumstead Cemetery in Cape Town. Earlier, black-suited, burly bodyguards and security experts joined family members in filing past Beeka’s open casket at a Good Hope Christian Centre, in Ottery, filled with about 1000 mourners. The mourners included senior members of the Hell’s Angels motorcycle club, Springbok rugby players, businessmen and friends. Beeka was once one of South Africa’s leading karate exponents, who developed a reputation as a fighter of note. At various times in his life he worked for the underground structures of the ANC, and had interests in the security industry, including VIP and nightclub security. At the time of his death worked as the national security adviser for a transport and courier company with a Southern African footprint. It has been widely speculated since his death that Beeka may have also been working for a state intelligence agency. The South African government was not represented at the funeral, but Beeka was carried to his last resting place under the flag of the ANC.