SA man shot in Somalia 'a family man'

2012-04-30 10:07
Pretoria - The South African man who was shot dead in Puntland last Friday had gone to Somalia so that he could take better care of his family.

A friend of Lodewyk (Lood) Pietersen, 55, told Beeld that his friend was a devoted family man who hated to go away from home.

Pietersen, a security trainer from Klerksdorp, was working for Saracen International in Somalia helping the Puntland maritime police fight piracy in the Bari province.

Sapa reported that he was apparently killed by his bodyguard following an argument. The government of semi-autonomous Puntland has launched an investigation into the incident.

Arrie Helberg said he had been surprised to hear of Pietersen going to Somalia.

Pietersen retired from the army a few years ago and started a financial business with his wife Nelia. They had a son.

In a separate incident, another South African was kidnapped along with several other foreigners while demining a road in Southern Sudan.
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