Cloete Murray: South African corruption investigator shot dead

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A South African accountant who was investigating high-level corruption cases has been changeable dormant on with his son.

Cloete Murray, 50, was the liquidator for Bosasa, a institution implicated successful galore authorities declaration scandals.

He besides worked arsenic a liquidator for firms linked to the affluent Gupta brothers, who contradict bribery accusations.

Police accidental they volition spot if determination is simply a nexus betwixt Mr Murray's execution and these corruption investigations.

Mr Murray was changeable by chartless gunmen portion driving successful Johannesburg with his 28-year-old lad Thomas, a ineligible adviser, connected Saturday.

His lad died astatine the country portion Mr Murray was taken to infirmary and aboriginal died of his injuries, section media reported, citing a constabulary spokesperson.

The brace were driving their achromatic Toyota Prado towards their location successful Pretoria, South African media reported.

Mr Murray's occupation arsenic a court-appointed institution liquidator was to look into the accounts of firms that had folded, retrieve assets, and study immoderate criminality.

One of those companies was Bosasa, a authorities contractor specialising successful situation services.

The landmark Zondo committee into corruption concluded the institution extensively bribed politicians and authorities officials to get authorities contracts during the nine-year presidency of Jacob Zuma, from 2009 to 2018.

Mr Zuma refused to co-operate with the enquiry but has denied accusations of corruption.

In 2018, existent South African President Cyril Ramaphosa said helium would repay a $35,000 (£27,300) donation from Bosasa.

An anti-corruption researcher recovered helium had misled parliament implicit the donation, but that finding was dismissed by the country's High Court.

Bosasa went into voluntary liquidation aft banks closed its accounts.

Mr Murray was besides moving arsenic a liquidator for firms linked to the Gupta brothers. The Zondo committee recovered that the brothers - Ajay, Rajesh and Atul - tried to power governmental and economical decisions during Mr Zuma's presidency successful a process known arsenic "state capture".

The Guptas moved from India to South Africa successful 1993 and owned a wide-ranging portfolio of companies that enjoyed lucrative contracts with South African authorities departments and state-owned companies.

The South African authorities are currently moving connected having the Gupta brothers extradited from the UAE, wherever they person been arrested, to basal trial.

They person denied accusations of paying fiscal bribes to triumph contracts.

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