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Sat Oct 25 04:49:33 SAST 2014

Moepi's killing a hit :Cosatu

Sapa | 21 October, 2013 19:35
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The killing of Lawrence Moepi, a forensic director for an auditing firm, appeared to be a hit, Cosatu said on Monday.

“The police must act swiftly to arrest the four perpetrators of what was clearly a targeted hit, and their investigation must not stop at those who pulled the trigger and drove the getaway car, but must discover those who sent them and on whose behalf,” Congress of SA Trade Unions (Cosatu) spokesman Patrick Craven said in a statement. 

Moepi was shot dead at SizweNtsalubaGobodo’s Houghton offices on Friday. It was believed that he was followed there by men in a Volkswagen Golf. Nothing was stolen.

Earlier, Lt-Col Lungelo Dlamini said the police investigation had not yet established the motive for the crime.   Moepi was reportedly working on several 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 PricewaterhouseCoopers 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 multi-billion rand arms deal.

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

Moepi’s killing was also condemned by the Association for the Advancement of Black Accountants of SA (Abasa) on Monday.   “We strongly condemn such cowardly acts where members of our profession are threatened and ultimately killed for just performing their job,” it said in a statement. Abasa appealed to its members to continue their work “without fear or favour for the sake of our country, even when under threat”.

“The profession has lost a prominent, well-respected leader within the forensic audit space.”  SA Institute of Chartered Accountants (SAICA) CEO Matsobane Matlwa said in a statement: “The institute, on behalf of the chartered accountancy profession, deeply regrets the unfortunate event which prematurely took the life of one of our esteemed members.”  He said he had offered the institute’s support to the management of SizweNtsalubaGobodo in addressing the circumstances behind the murder.

SAICA, Abasa and Cosatu extended their condolences to Moepi’s family, friends and colleagues.

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