Sipho Mabena
Premium Journalist
4 minute read
27 Aug 2021
5:25 pm

Deokaran hitmen only the foot soldiers – bosses pose a bigger threat

Sipho Mabena

South Africa is increasingly seeing political rivals and whistleblowers being eradicated by hitmen, and there are likely to be many more victims.

A candle light vigil held for corruption fighter, Babita Deokaran at Mary Fitzgerald Square in front of the Office of the Premier in Johannesburg, 26 August 2021. Deokaran was a witness in a corruption case and was recently killed in an apparent hit.. Picture: Neil McCartney

The arrest of suspects for the hit on a Gauteng health department official is cold comfort as these are foot soldiers, with experts worried that the assassinations will intensify until the shadowy groups ordering the hits are nabbed. On Thursday evening police arrested seven suspects in Johannesburg in connection with the murder of senior Gauteng health department finance official Babita Deokaran. The 53-year-old mother was gunned down on Monday outside her Mondeor house south of Johannesburg, moments after returning from dropping off her teenage daughter at school. She had been lined up as a witness in the Special Investigating Unit’s...