Gunmen tailgated head of forensic auditing, 5 shots heard

2013-10-18 16:05

She feels for the family of SizweNtsalubaGobodo’s head of forensic auditing, who was gunned down at work this morning – especially his daugher, who is writing matric.

This was the reaction of the company’s executive chairperson, Nonkululeko Gobodo, after Lawrence Moepi (41) was shot five times just after parking his black Mercedes-Benz E200 as he arrived for work this morning.

“He was such a nice man, a father and a husband,” said Gobodo.

According to police, four armed men, driving a white VW Golf GTI, appeared to have followed him and then opened fire once he parked his vehicle.

A security guard who was on duty said the men tailgated Moepi’s car and prevented the boom gate from closing.

“It all happened so fast, because when we tried to go follow up and get them to sign in we heard five gunshots and we took cover. The car came back speeding and knocked open the boom gate. They sped off and when we went to look, we saw that he (Moepi) was shot. The car was definitely following him because it drove in right behind him and didn’t wait for the boom gate to close,” said the security guard, who didn’t want to be named.

Gobodo said: “We are shocked and pained by what happened. Everyone was crying. I have to mourn and, at the same time as a leader, deal with this matter and calm people down. What kind of a country is this where a person can be killed like this?

She said Moepi was one of their shining talents and a possible future chief executive officer.

“This must bring us together as a country and not fear but fight crime head-on. We can’t live in fear like this, with people coming to kill others at their offices. We are supporting the police investigation fully. The police will find out for us what exactly happened,” said Gobodo.

Moepi's colleagues fear that his murder may be linked to his work on the investigation into alleged irregularities at Cosatu, Beeld reported.

A few police officers on the scene were also trying to establish if there were closed-circuit TV cameras on the premises.

Police spokesperson Lieutenant Colonel Lungelo Dlamini said police were investigating a case of murder but were still unsure what the motive was.

“It seems that these men had followed him from wherever he was coming from and, when he parked, they shot at him. At this stage, the motive for the crime is unknown, but we are investigating,” said Dlamini.

Moepi is survived by a wife, a son and a daughter who is currently writing her Grade 12 exams.

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