WATCH: Search still on for popular PTA fitness instructor’s killer

The search for the man who was seen on camera, shooting and killing a Pretoria fitness instructor, Lawrence Masinge last year is still on.

NO NEW LEADS OR ARRESTS IN THE CASE

According to Police spokesperson Colonel Mavela Masondo there were still no leads on the case that shocked many people in the fitness industry.

“There are still no arrests as we have no new leads at this stage, but investigations are still ongoing.” 

An armed robber shot and killed the popular fitness instructor, Lawrence Masinge, in a hail of bullets in full view of more than 200 people who were in an online Zoom video call training session with him. 

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A member of the online exercise class, who witnessed the murder, spoke to The South African on condition of anonymity because she fears for her safety. 

CLIENTS WITNESSED THE MURDER DURING ONLINE CLASS

She said the class had logged in at around 6.30pm for a workout with Masinge but just 36 minutes into the class, she heard the ‘loud bang’ of the first gunshot.

“At around 19:10, I was working out obviously and when you are working out on zoom you’re not looking at the computer.”

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“I heard a loud banging sound and ran to see what is happening and that’s when my husband ran to the screen and said this guy is getting shot,” she said.

THE POPULAR INSTRUCTOR WAS SHOT MULTIPLE TIMES

“We were watching a guy shooting him multiple times and then he ran back and shot him in the head again three times.”

“It’s like he wanted to make sure he was dead.” 

“By that time everyone was unmuted and asking what is going on..the music was still playing in the background,” she said.

She said his online clients were trying to find out where Masinge lived to send for help when a woman appeared on the Zoom call screen and called for help on a phone.

“Forty minutes later he was still just lying there cold and the police arrived with the paramedics.”

“They asked us questions and if anyone had any kind of footage,” she said. 

Masondo said they were still appealing to the public for any information that may lead to the arrest of the killers.

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