By Kaya 959 Reporter
Ongoing investigations into the hit on a Gauteng Health official have so far revealed that hitmen allegedly used advanced technology to spy on the official before killing her.
Babita Deokaran, who worked as the Acting CFO at the Gauteng Department of Health, was gunned down outside her home last week.
Police said Deokaran came under fire in Winchester Hills as she was returning from dropping off her child at school.
She was taken to hospital where she later succumbed to her injuries.
National police spokesperson Colonel Brenda Muridili said seven suspects, some from KwaZulu-Natal were arrested in a raid in Rosettenville just days later.
She said a multidisciplinary task team operationalised information received and conducted a takedown operation at the suspects’s hideouts in Johannesburg. During the arrests, the police recovered two firearms and two vehicles.
Suspects spied on Deokaran
According to the Sunday Times, the men allegedly spied on Deokaran’s cellphone and used remote tech to disable CCTV cameras near her home to avoid being detected.
The report claims that the gang allegedly disabled CCTV cameras at a nearby fuel station close to the scene of the shooting.
A police source revealed that Deokaran’s cellphones, tablets and computer could have been monitored.
A similar plot was revealed in the investigation into the death of Western Cape top cop, Lieutenant Colonel Charl Kinnear.
Gauteng Premier David Makhura said Deokaran’s murder was linked to an ongoing investigation into fraud and corruption within the department.
He added that there were two other public servants who have received threats
“Even the judges and prosecutors are being intimidated by looters,” Makhura said.
The Public Service Commission has meanwhile encouraged all public servants and members of the public not to be intimidated but to continue reporting corruption.
“The PSC views her killing as an attack not only on whistleblowers, but on the professionalisation of the Public Service as a whole. The attack on her is part of an orchestrated campaign by forces of darkness in South Africa, who are doing what they can to ensure that the Public Service is inefficient and ineffective,” the Committee said.