Video shows moments before tobacco boss shot in assassination attempt

Video shows moments before tobacco boss shot in assassination attempt

- A tobacco boss was shot in an apparent assassination attempt

- He sustained nine gunshot wounds

- The police are investigating the incident

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The co-owner of a tobacco company has been seriously injured after an alleged assassination attempt in Johannesburg yesterday morning.

According to The Citizen, Simon Rudland of Gold Leaf Tobacco Corporation and a member of the Fair Trade Independent Tobacco Association (FITA) was attacked in his car. The incident was recorded in CCTV footage.

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In the video, the Porsche Rudland was travelling in pulls up and then a white VW Golf GTI arrives behind him.

The two would-be assassins then waited in the white car at the offices of FITA in Norwood. As Rudland and his lawyer arrived, they were met with bullets. One man fired nine shots at Rudland with one bullet striking him in the neck. He has since been hospitalised and is being kept in intensive care.

The Citizen further reported that the suspects have been identified. Police are still investigating the incident. FITA has since released a statement confirming the incident.

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The SAPS did not add any additional information as they could not comment at this time.

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