South African liquidator, Cloete Murray, was shot and killed in a suspected hit job on a highway in Midrand, with his son also murdered.
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Liquidator Cloete Murray Shooting
Well-known Bosasa and Gupta company liquidator Cloete Murray was shot during a brazen attack at the Engen Big Bird 1 Stop, North in Midrand at the Newroad off-ramp on Saturday, March 18th 2023.
Murray was with his son, Thomas, a legal advisor, at the time of the attack.
Thomas, unfortunately, died in the attack, whilst his father was initially rushed to hospital for treatment.
Police confirmed that they are investigating a case of murder and attempted murder following the shooting incident.
“The two men, reportedly a father and son, were travelling together when their vehicle was shot at by unknown suspects. The son was fatally shot, while the father sustained injuries and was taken to hospital.” officials said.
“The circumstances that led to the shooting are unknown at this stage. Police request anyone who may have information that can assist with the investigation to contact the crime stop line,” police added.
Cloete Murray dead
Well-known liquidator Cloete Murray passed away on the morning of Sunday, March 19th 2023, hours after he was shot in what appears to be a hit, authorities revealed.
As earlier noted, Murray was wounded whilst his son, Thomas killed, while they were driving in a white Toyota SUV on the N1 north in Midrand on Saturday afternoon.
Cloete Murray was rushed to hospital while his 28-year-old son, Thomas, died on the scene.
“The second victim on yesterday’s shooting at Midrand unfortunately succumbed to his injuries earlier this morning. The Police will now be investigating two counts of murder,” said police spokesperson Dimakatso Sello.
“The two men were travelling together when their vehicle was shot at by unknown suspects. The son was fatally shot, while the father sustained injuries and was taken to hospital,” said Sello.
Cloete Murray Son
South African liquidator, Cloete Murray, lost his son Thomas Murray during a hit job carried out whilst they were driving in a Toyota SUV on the NI north in Midrand,
Thomas was 28 years old.
Thomas Murray died instantly during the shooting whilst his father, Cloete, sustained injuries and was rushed to the hospital.
Unfortunately, Cloete died of his injuries the next day, Sunday March 19th 2023.
Who is Cloete Murray?
Cloete Murray was a South African liquidator, also known as an insolvency practitioner.
Murray and his son were gunned down and killed on a highway in Midrand in South Africa’s Gauteng province.
He was shot in the head and a bullet lodged in his brain!
Interest in Cloete has spiked since his death.
Cloete and his son Thomas worked as a high-profile liquidator team who had many political top dogs, including many with close ties to the ruling ANC, in their sights.
Solidarity Union’s Gideon du Plessis, who is a close friend of Murray and also the family’s spokesperson, revealed they were working on sensitive cases before their deaths.
“There is a reason that he is the most prominent liquidator in South Africa … that’s why Solidarity made use of his services too. He is a giant in the industry. It’s tragic. I worked closely with them,” said Du Plessis.
Murray was the court-appointed liquidator for state contractor Bosasa whose executives were implicated in state capture allegations before chief justice Raymond Zondo.
He was involved in several high-profile insolvency cases including corruption within Eskom and other tentacles of state capture.
The 900-page Zondo Commission report on Bosasa contained a long list of those who should be investigated for organised crime, corruption and fraud., with Sechaba Trust, Murray’s firm, given the arduous task.
Bosasa was implicated in rampant corruption under the watch of Gavin Watson.
Jared Watson, the nephew of former Bosasa boss Gavin Watson, had challenged the appointment of Sechaba Trust’s Murray as liquidator.
Sechaba Trust was in recent years also awarded the liquidation of commercial airline operator Comair.
Mathole Motshekga, who was a member of the Judicial Services Commission and is the husband of Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga, came under scrutiny for allegedly misrepresenting his stake in Sechaba Trust.
Motshekga declared that he owned a 20% stake in the company, however, documents revealed he actually owned a 54% stake.
According to the company’s share register, Motshekga has been a major shareholder since 2011.
But in the 2017, 2018 and 2019 parliamentary members’ interest register Motshekga said he only owned 20%.
Murray previously told the Weekend Argus that Motshekga had not misled Parliament over his shareholding.
In an affidavit addressed to the Master of the High Court, seen by the “Weekend Argus”, former Bosasa COO Angelo Agrizzi ripped into Sechaba Trust and Motshekga.
“I now would like to place into context the occurrences with Cloete Murray and Sechaba, and how the Companies act and Liquidations Act were transgressed by Cloete Murray,” read the affidavit.
“It has become apparent to me now that the method, in which I and others have been approached by the liquidators, is not only unethical but illegal. Unfortunately, I was at the time not aware of the process and the legal requirements, nor was I aware that the law was purposefully being broken by Cloete Murray abusing my goodwill in order to tout for business,” read the affidavit.
In 2019 Gavin Watson, the head of the controversial services company Bosasa, now known as African Global Operations, died while driving on the R21 as it approaches the airport.
At the time, there had been fierce speculation about whether the crash was a straightforward accident, whether it was the result of a heart attack or stroke, or if Watson was murdered. Some have even suggested the accident was staged.
What is a liquidator?
Cloete Murray and his son, Thomas, worked as liquidators.
In law, a liquidator is the officer appointed when a company goes into winding-up or liquidation who has responsibility for collecting in all of the assets under such circumstances of the company and settling all claims against the company before putting the company into dissolution.
Liquidator is a person officially appointed to ‘liquidate’ a company or firm. Their duty is to ascertain and settle the liabilities of a company or a firm. If there are any surplus, then those are distributed to the contributories.
In most jurisdictions, a liquidator’s powers are defined by statute. Certain powers are generally exercisable without the requirement of any approvals; others may require sanction, either by the court, by an extraordinary resolution (in a members’ voluntary winding up) or the liquidation committee or a meeting of the company’s creditors.
The liquidator would normally require sanction to pay and to make compromises or arrangements with creditors. Without sanction, the liquidator may carry on legal proceedings and carry on the business of the company so far as may be necessary for a beneficial winding-up.
Without sanction, the liquidator may sell company property, claim against insolvent contributories, raise money on the security of company assets, and do all such things as may be necessary for the winding-up and distribution of assets.
In compulsory liquidation, the liquidator must assume control of all property to which the company appears to be entitled.
The exercise of their powers is subject to the supervision of the court. They may be compelled to call a meeting of creditors or contributories when requested to do so by those holding above the statutory minimum.
In a voluntary winding-up, the liquidator may exercise the court’s power of settling a list of contributories and of making calls, and he may summon general meetings of the company for any purpose he thinks fit.
In a creditor’s voluntary winding-up, he must report to the creditor’s meeting on the exercise of his powers. The liquidator is generally obliged to make returns and accounts, owes fiduciary duties to the company and should investigate the causes of the company’s failure and the conduct of its managers, in the wider public interest of action being taken against those engaged in commercially culpable conduct.
A liquidator who is appointed to wind-up a failing business should act with professional efficiency and not exercise the sort of complacency that might have caused the business to decline in the first place.
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