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Madonsela threats getting no immediate attention from the SAPS

The South African Police Services (SAPS) has been silent following reports that Public Protector Thuli Madonsela’s life is under threat.

This comes after Madonsela had been made aware of an intended attempt on her life, which would be planned to look like a car accident.

It has been alleged that a prominent Western Cape gang boss has been R740 000 to arrange the hit.

Madonsela, who has been working on a number of high-profile cases, has received criticism for the work she is doing, said she has reported the matter to the VIP protection unit.

Meanwhile the Democratic Alliance (DA) and the Congress of the People (COPE) are calling for a through probe into the alleged death threats.

DA’s Member of Parliament Zakhele Mbhele he requests the SAPs to investigate and report to the parliament on how it will ensure the safety of the Public Protector.

“Violence and threat can in no uncertain terms, be tolerated and the DA wants SAPS to take these allegations seriously and to ensure that threats on human life, both high profile and ordinary, are dealt with effectively,” said Mbhele.

COPE’s Spokesperson Dennis Bloem said he will not allow the African National Congress (ANC) to further intimidate Madonsela.

 “The ruling party sees her as a stumbling block to their freedom to act dishonestly and to abuse power with impunity,” said Bloem.

He further said he wants Madonsela to remain free safe, for the little time she has left in office.

The parties added if the SAPS fails to act, it will refer the matter to the Western Cape Police Ombudsman.


By Senzile Kubheka