Lawrence Moepi killing: Police still on the hunt for gunmen

2013-10-21 14:29

Police were searching for the men who shot and killed a forensic services director at his auditing firm’s offices in Houghton, northern Joburg.

“No one has been arrested,” Lieutenant Colonel Lungelo Dlamini said shortly after 1pm today.

Asked to comment on media speculation that Lawrence Moepi could have been killed in a hit on Friday, Dlamini said: “We haven’t established a motive yet.”

It was believed that Moepi was followed to his workplace, SizweNtsalubaGobodo, by men in a VW Golf. He was shot dead as he got out of his car. Nothing was stolen.

The Association of Public Accounts Committees of SA has called for protection for its members after Moepi’s death, national daily The Times reported today.

“It is a threat to (all forensic auditors) and might lead to the industry losing quality auditors because they fear for their lives,” chairman Sipho Makama was quoted as saying.

According to reports Moepi was involved in various investigations.

In a statement on its website, SizweNtsalubaGobodo said Moepi had worked closely with the police’s commercial crime unit and the now defunct Directorate of Special Operations, known as the Scorpions.

In his capacity as PWC forensic services director, Moepi testified in the fraud trial of former Scorpions official Geoffrey Ledwaba.

Business Day Live reported that he had been appointed to work on the probe into the country’s multibillion-rand arms deal.

National weekly The Sunday Independent reported that Moepi was an integral part of the team investigating the sale of union federation Cosatu’s headquarters in Braamfontein, Joburg, which was allegedly sold for R10 million less than its market value.

Suspended Cosatu general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi has been accused by some of the federation’s affiliates of mishandling the deal.

EyeWitness News reported that Moepi was also handling investigations for Public Protector Thuli Madonsela.

Speaking at a conference on governance today, Madonsela said Moepi was working as an external auditor for her office and had finalised at least one case while working on several other cases.

Dlamini said he could not comment on the possibility that Moepi was shot because of an investigation he was involved in.

“I can’t comment on that, you must phone his company.”

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