Public Protector won’t comment on threats made against her life
Madonsela says she’s assigned her team to speak on the matter & has left further issues in the police’s hands.
JOHANNESBURG - Public Protector Thuli Madonsela has refused to comment on threats made against her life, only saying that she's assigned her team to speak on the matter and has left further issues in the police's hands.
Madonsela received a text message from an informant, warning her that a Cape Town gang boss has been paid paid R740,000 to orchestrate her murder.
Madonsela, who has been working on a number of high-profile cases, has received criticism for the work she is doing and made a lot of enemies along the way.
She was elected as Public Protector in 2009 and her term will come to an end in October.
Her office has confirmed the text message she received while on her way to the International Jazz Festival in Cape Town, said her murder would be made to look like she died of natural causes.
Although she would not speak on record, Madonsela says she is concerned about her safety and that of her family and takes this matter very seriously.
She has also thanked South Africans for their continuous support.
SECURITY STEPPED UP
The Public Protector's security has been stepped up significantly.
Her office has said 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."