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Celeb trainer Lawrence Masinge spoke of death threats before ‘hit’

Celebrity fitness guru Lawrence Masinge was shot 15 times in cold blood as horrified workout class members watched via Zoom online.


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Slain personal trainer Lawrence Masinge had received death threats months before his murder in front of 200 people during an online Zoom fitness class this week.

Masinge, 40, a celebrity Tshwane fitness instructed was gunned down, in a hail of 15 bullets, while hundreds of horrified members of his online fitness class watched on helplessly on Wednesday night.

Police launched a manhunt to search for the suspect and appealed to the public to come forward with any information that might help with the investigation.

One of Masinge’s relatives, who spoke to The South African on condition of anonymity, because he fears for his personal safety, said that he had first indicated that he was being harassed two months ago.

“There was a time before he started training everyone when he said he said he was looking for a lawyer because there was someone threatening him and then he said he saw a white car running around and he did not know what was going on,” he said.

The relative said that at least one of the men in the white vehicle was well built, like a body builder. 

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He said a woman had also allegedly threatened Masinge warning him that “you will not see the end of this year.”

“The community has been suspecting because many people told me before his death that there was a car running around and before the incident they had followed him from town,” he said.

Masinge’s daughter also reportedly told Daily Sun:

“My dad used to tell me that people have been following him since last year even though he never revealed the names. My wish is for whoever is responsible for my dad’s murder to be punished for this evil act,” she said.

Gauteng SAPS spokesperson, Lieutenant Colonel Mavela Masondo, said that the police were investigating a case of murder and had launched a manhunt for Masinge’s killers.

“The motive for the killing cannot be confirmed at this stage. Police are appealing to anyone who might have information that can help in the investigation or assist apprehend the suspects to please call the nearest police station or crime stop on 08600 10111. Information can also be given anonymously via MySAPS App that can be downloaded from any smartphone,” Masondo said.