No arrests yet for media strategist's murder in attempted hijacking

2016-07-24 14:46
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Johannesburg – No arrests have yet been made after top media strategist, Gordon Patterson, was shot dead in an attempted hijacking at his Randburg home, Gauteng police said on Sunday.

Condolences poured in on social media after Patterson’s death on Thursday night.

“It was an attempt to hijack and he fought back with the two suspects,” police spokesperson, Captain Tsekiso Mofokeng, told News24 on Sunday.

“Then they shot him in the lower body. He later passed on in hospital.”

He said the SAPS's investigation into the murder and attempted hijacking continued.

CCTV video footage

Patterson’s wife Sonja posted a wedding photo on her Facebook page on Saturday. “In loving memory of Gordon Patterson. An incredible man taken too soon,” read the text on the photo.

A video purportedly showing CCTV footage of the attempted hijacking and subsequent murder has been doing the rounds on social media.

It showed a vehicle entering the driveway of a home around 19:30 on Thursday. Just before the gates close, an armed man slips in and rushes to the driver’s door.

The driver defends himself and both end up outside the vehicle. A person that appears to be a passenger rushes to his defence as an accomplice is seen walking through the garage doors.

The armed men shoot the man thought to be Patterson before fleeing the property.

Mofokeng said the investigating officer was aware of the video. “We cannot comment as we have to verify and make sure it is genuine,” he said.

Selfless person

A colleague and friend of Patterson's, Sandra Gordon, described him as a “forthright, kind and selfless person”.

“He mentored and cared about young media people. Encouraging and motivating in a gentle and wise way. He kept his friends close and enjoyed a wide circle of close colleagues. His contribution to the media sector is as profound as his love of deep sea diving and life in general,” she previously told News24.

"He served on numerous industry bodies, volunteering his time, energy and counsel. At all times a professional media man who will never be forgotten."

Patterson was a global media and marketing professional, with over 25 years' experience in the industry.

He was the president and a board member of South Africa's Audit Bureau of Circulations (ABC), and was vice-chairperson of Advertising Media Association of South Africa (AMASA).

He founded media and advertising SMV Group in South Africa in April 2000 and was business director of the Omnicom Group South Africa at the time of his death.

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