Cloete Murray: South African corruption investigator shot dead

A police officer barricades a crime scene

A South African accountant investigating high-profile corruption cases was shot dead along with his son.

Cloete Murray, 50, was the bankruptcy trustee for Bosasa, a company implicated in numerous government scandals.

He also worked as a liquidator for companies linked to the wealthy Gupta brothers, who deny bribery allegations.

Police say they will investigate whether there is a link between Mr Murray’s murder and these corruption investigations.

Mr Murray was shot dead by unidentified gunmen on Saturday while driving in Johannesburg with his 28-year-old son Thomas, a legal adviser.

His son died at the scene, while Mr Murray was taken to hospital and later died from his injuries, local media reported, citing a police spokesman.

The couple drove to their home in Pretoria in their white Toyota Prado, South African media reported.

Mr. Murray’s job as court-appointed bankruptcy trustee was to audit the accounts of companies that had failed, recover assets and report any crime.

One such company was Bosasa, a government contractor specializing in prison services.

The landmark Zondo Commission on Anti-Corruption concluded that the company extensively bribed politicians and government officials to secure government contracts during Jacob Zuma’s nine-year presidency from 2009 to 2018.

Mr Zuma refused to cooperate with the investigation but has denied allegations of corruption.

In 2018, current South African President Cyril Ramaphosa said he would return a $35,000 (£27,300) donation from Bosasa.

An anti-corruption investigator found he had misled parliament about the donation, but that The finding was dismissed by the country’s High CourtT

Mr. Ramaphosa was also faced with other corruption allegationswhat he denies.

Bosasa went into voluntary liquidation after the banks closed their accounts.

Mr. Murray also worked as a liquidator for companies associated with the Gupta brothers. The Zondo Commission found that the brothers – Ajay, Rajesh and Atul – attempted to influence political and economic decisions during Mr Zuma’s presidency in a process known as “state capture”.

The Guptas moved to South Africa from India in 1993 and owned a diverse portfolio of companies that had lucrative contracts with South African government departments and state-owned companies.

The South African authorities are is currently working on the extradition of the Gupta brothers from the United Arab Emirateswhere they were arrested, to stand trial.

They have denied allegations that they paid bribes to win contracts.

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