Nkandla report: Madonsela feared for her life

By Drum Digital
23 March 2014

Public Protector Thuli Madonsela feared for her life while investigating the security upgrades at President Jacob Zuma's Nkandla home.

Public Protector Thuli Madonsela feared for her life while investigating the security upgrades at President Jacob Zuma's Nkandla home, the Sunday Times reported.

"At no stage did we think of government harming us, but because of the irresponsible statements being made... we didn't know if ordinary lunatics or just unstable people on the ground could feel incited to harm me, given that people were being made to believe that I was trying to steal an election, basically," she was quoted as saying.

Madonsela felt that government had tried to find ways to stop her investigation.

"I felt with the ganging up on me that there might be a reason found to suspend me, in which case there would be pressure on whoever is left not to move forward.

"I would say for the next public protector the protection should be tightened..."

On Wednesday, Madonsela released her report and found that Zuma had improperly benefited from R246 million in security upgrades to his Nkandla homestead in KwaZulu-Natal.

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