Simon Rudland, co-owner of Gold Leaf Tobacco Corporation and member of Fair Trade Independent Tobacco Association (FITA), was seriously injured in an apparent assassination attempt in Johannesburg on Wednesday morning.
According to information supplied to News24 by a credible source, two assailants in a white car waited at the offices of FITA in Norwood, Johannesburg. As Rudland and his lawyer arrived for a FITA meeting, one man fired nine shots with a handgun to Rudland’s head area. One bullet struck him in the neck. He has been hospitalised and is being in intensive care. The source said the suspects have been identified by way of CCTV.
This is the fourth suspected “hit” in Gauteng lately and it is said that the rot runs deep in the tobacco industry.