Body of Tuner Gemballa Discovered
An eight-month mystery has come to a grisly close, yet the discovery of Uwe Gemballa’s body in South Africa opens the door to a number of fresh questions. The 51-year old owner of the German company Gemballa, best known for its Porsche tuning parts, disappeared shortly after arriving in South Africa in February. Late that month media reports indicated Gemballa had telephoned his wife, instructing her to transfer a million euros into his bank account. It was suggested he had been involved in an accident of some sort.
Police say Gemballa’s body was found in the township of Atterdigeville, near Pretoria, with bound hands and a bullet hole in the back of the skull. A murder investigation has been opened, however despite speculation in German media of money laundering activities involving cash hidden in the door cavities of exported cars, police have not publicly disclosed any possible leads or the likelihood of links between Gemballa’s death and South Africa’s criminal underworld. “We have found the body of Gemballa and we’re now investigating the circumstances around his death. A murder docket has been opened,” said Vishnu Naidoo of the South African Police Service.