South African fitness instructor shot dead during live Zoom workout

A Gauteng fitness coach has been shot dead while giving a virtual workout class.

All his clients who were taking the class witnessed his brutal murder.


The instructor was allegedly shot dead on Wednesday night during a live Zoom session. Some of his clients took to social media to confirm the incident, saying he was shot in the head while they watched on their devices.

Gauteng police have launched a manhunt for the suspects behind the shooting of the 40-year-old fitness trainer.

Police spokesperson Lieutenant Colonel Mavela Masondo confirmed he was shot and killed in Saulsville in Pretoria on Wednesday at around 19:20.


It appears the incident was part of a robbery, according to eyewitness reports.

“The motive for the killing cannot be confirmed at this stage,” said Masondo.

“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.”

Pictures taken of the incident show a man in beige pants and a black top with what looks like a weapon in his right hand pointed at the instructor, who is lying on the floor.


Another picture shows a woman who is witnessing the incident nearly being brought to tears.

The fitness coach was part of a programme to encourage exercise among the youth, endorsed by the Department of Sport, Arts and Culture.

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