Alex Mitchley and Sapa
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8 Sep 2014
11:57 am

Houghton forensic auditor’s ‘hitman’ finally caught

Alex Mitchley and Sapa

One of the men who allegedly gunned down forensic auditor Lawrence Moepi outside his Houghton offices, has finally been arrested after being on the run for 11 months.

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The senior investigator of SizweNtsalubaGobodo, who at the time investigating allegations of corruption against suspended Cosatu leader Zwelizima Vavi, was gunned down in Johannesburg on 18 October 2013.

It was believed that he was followed there by the suspects in a Volkswagen Golf and was shot multiple times as he exited his vehicle.

Nothing was stolen.

The killing was rumoured to have been an alleged hit on the investigator, with Cosatu spokesperson Patrick Craven calling on the police to act swiftly to arrest the perpetrators.

Moepi was reportedly working on several investigations and has also allegedly been appointed to work on the probe into the country’s multi-billion rand arms deal. It was also reported that in his capacity as PricewaterhouseCoopers forensic services director, he testified in the fraud trial of former Scorpions official Geoffrey Ledwaba.

On The Run

One of the suspects, Mpho David Nkosi also known as “Thirteen”, went on the run and was labelled by police as one of South Africa’s most wanted fugitives. Police even offered a reward for information on his whereabouts.

After an 11 month stint evading arrest, the National Investigating Unit (NINU) arrested the 39-year-old.

The police’s Solomon Makgale said the fugitive was arrested at the weekend after he was found hiding in a rondavel in West Bank, KwaZulu-Natal.

Nkosi will join his accomplice, Remember Siporo who was arrested shortly after the murder took place. Siporo will appear again before in the Johannesburg High Court on 17 November 2014.

Nkosi is expected to make a brief appearance in the Johannesburg Magistrates court on Monday morning.