Cosatu probe man killed

2013-10-19 00:00

COLLEAGUES of the top forensic investigator assassinated in Johannesburg yesterday said they have a “strong suspisicion” about which probe led to his death.

Lawrence Moepi, head of the forensic division at audit firm Sizwe Ntsaluba Gobodo (SNG), was part of the team probing millions of rands in financial irregularities within Cosatu.

He was shot five times in the parking lot at the firm’s Houghton offices yesterday morning.

Sister paper Beeld reliably learnt that he and his colleagues on the Cosatu investigation had long been worried about their safety after receiving threats.

Four men in a white Golf GTI followed Moepi to the office and through the boom gate, said police spokesperson Lieutenant-Colonel Lungelo Dlamini. As Moepi opened his car door, he was shot and died on the scene.

The attackers drove straight through the boom at the exit to make their escape. No arrests had been made by last night.

SNG, labour lawyer Charles Nupen and Petrus Mashishi, former president of the municipal union Samwu, were appointed earlier this year to conduct a thorough investigation of Cosatu.

Among the issues were the sale of Cosatu’s head office for R10 million less than its value.

An SNG colleague described the murder as part of a a “war”.

“It’s not a battle, it’s a war. And we will win the war.”

SNG CEO Nokululeko Gobodo confirmed yesterday that security arrangements had been made for the other team members.

He declined to elaborate on Moepi’s investigations, but said of his shooting: “It was clearly not a robbery, as nothing was taken”.

Cosatu spokesperson Patrick Craven said they would wait for the conclusion of the murder investigation before commenting.

A forensic investigator who knew Moepi well said his murder was “shockingly blatant”.

Moepi was a seasoned investigator with 14 years’ experience. He conducted several high-profile probes and was set to be a key witness in the case against former Scorpions boss advocate Jeff Ledwaba.

Moepi is survived by his wife, Daureen, and daughters Koketso (17), who is about to write matric, and Kabelo (10).

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