Lafras Luitingh

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(mercenary, businessman)
Shady businessman

Lafras Luitingh is a South African[citation needed] military contractor interested in Somalia.


Two former British special service officers with oil interests in Africa hired Eeben Barlow and a colleague to recruit a band of mercenaries for two month’s work in north-western Angola in January 1993. The operation sounded simple – capture and defend valuable oil tanks at Kefekwena and then do the same for the oil town of Soyo which had been overrun by the troops of Jonas Savimbi’s União Nacional para a Independência Total de Angola (UNITA). Barlow brought in Lafras Luitingh, a former CCB cell leader who had been touting for private security contracts in Luanda in 1992 while he evaded South African authorities who wanted him for questioning in connection with the murder of anthropologist and ANC activist, David Webster in Johannesburg in 1989.[1]

He is mentioned in the Paradise papers.[2]

Australian African Global Investments

In 2006 Luitingh registered Australian African Global Investments. In 2009 he was granted Australian citizenship.

A UN report commented that Luitingh was "using Australia as a financial hub for money transfers... in connection with his activities in Somalia".[3]

Legal action





  1. Executive Outcomes- A Corporate Conquest, by Khareen Pech, Chapter Five, Jakkie Cilliers and Peggy Mason (eds), Peace, profit or plunder? The privatisation of security in war-torn African societies, Institute for Security Studies, Pretoria, 1999.