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Security stepped up amid reports of Madonsela death threats

There are reports that a gang boss has been paid to orchestrate the murder of the Public Protector.

FILE: Public Protector Thuli Madonsela. Picture: Christa Eybers/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Public Protector Thuli Madonsela's security has been stepped up significantly after she received yet another death threat.

This time she received a text message from an informant, notifying her that a Cape Town gang boss has been paid to execute a hit on the advocate.

Madonsela, who has been working on a number of high-profile cases, has received criticism for the work she is doing.

The Public Protector is apparently living in fear after receiving a tip-off that a prominent Western Cape gang boss has been paid R740,000 to orchestrate her murder.

Her seven-year term at the helm of the chapter nine institution will come to an end in October.

The office says the message from an informant said her murder would be made to seem like she died of natural causes, and not in a car accident as reported by the Sunday Times.

She has reported the matter to the VIP protection unit.

Her spokesperson Kgalalelo Masibi said Madonsela still has VIP protection guards with her.

"She doesn't take this lightly, she's concerned about the threat against her life. It was reported to VIP Protection Unit."

Meanwhile, political parties are calling for a thorough investigation into claims of a plot to kill Madonsela.

Democratic Alliance Member of Parliament Zakhele Mbhele said they will seek an urgent update on the police investigations.

"She has been fearless in implementing her mandate which led to political embarrassment for President Jacob Zuma and we believe we should take this seriously."

Mbhele added, "I don't want to speculate and that's the purpose of a proper investigation by the SAPS would be; to discern all the facts, get to the truth and ensure that if there's a credible threat of a political nature or otherwise it is neutralised and sends a strong message of deterrence."

Congress of the People's Dennis Bloem said the threats can't be taken lightly.

"We must go into the streets of this country and protest and say it will never happen that anybody standing up against this corruption must be threatened with their life."

Bloem said Madonsela should not be threatened for doing her work.

"No Public Protector must be intimidated or threatened with his or her life if they're doing their work to protect and defend this Constitution."