Dead end to Wiggill murder mystery
The story of Johannesburg billionaire Jeff Wiggill’s death has the intrigue and high stakes of a crime novel, but it lacks one essential plot ingredient: a known killer.Two weeks ago the man accused of the murder, Thulani Cele, was acquitted by the South Gauteng high court, leaving some of the questions about Wiggill’s death unanswered.Wiggill, who was 54 when he died in June 2013, was shot three times in the back of his head in an open veld in Soweto. His body was found next to his black Bentley, far from the luxury home he shared with his family in Westcliff, Johannesburg.At the time rumours were rife that Wiggill had arranged or faked his own death to escape his financial woes.Cele’s murder trial exposed letters Wiggill left behind which described "the worst year" of his life, which "destroyed him".In the letters he apparently communicated his desire to die.Wiggill was the chairman of engineering conglomerate First Tech, trading as First Strut, which collapsed days after his deat...
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