Gauteng fitness coach shot dead during live-streamed training session
A fitness coach was shot dead in front of shocked clients during a training session being broadcast live from Saulsville in Tshwane.
Lawrence Masinge was shot at his house during the session at about 7pm on Wednesday.
Police spokesperson Lt-Col Mavela Masondo said on Thursday that the motive for the killing was not yet known.
Zazi Nsibanyoni-Mugambi, one of Masinge’s clients, and her sister were taking part in the training session when the shots were fired.
“A guy walked in, shot him. People were working out and weren’t aware of what was going on. The guy came back and shot him two more times and ran,” she told TimesLIVE.
“Everyone literally watched a lifeless body, frantically trying to get help. This went on for [what felt] like 30 minutes.”
Masinge, she said, was well respected and had been doing well in his business.
“He had so many clients and he was growing. The person who shot him was well dressed.
“I train with Lawrence all the time. I was traumatised. My sister was traumatised. It was watching murder live on Zoom and there is nothing the people on the other side could have done.”
She described Masinge as “contagious” and energetic.
“He was taking over the fitness world. He was taking it to new heights. People didn’t see a need to sign up for a gym. There is no-one else like him.
“He has changed my fitness journey. He was an amazing human being. He just wanted people to do better.”
She said Lawrence had a huge impact on people’s lives.
Many who witnessed the incident needed trauma counselling, she added.
“Police are appealing to anyone who might have information that can help in the investigation or assist apprehend the suspects to please call the nearest police station or crime stop on 08600 10111. Information can also be given anonymously via MySAPS App that can be downloaded from any smartphone,” said Masondo.