Zuma reveals assassination plot – report

2011-10-17 10:53

President Jacob Zuma has revealed there was a plot to assassinate him when he was deputy president, the Witness reported today.

He said the plot was thwarted by the loyalty of some of his bodyguards, who refused to be coerced into divulging information about his movements.

According to the newspaper, Zuma said this at the funeral of his bodyguard Captain Patrick Maphumulo, who died in Durban last Sunday.

“Mashimane (Maphumulo’s clan name) was part of the VIP guards assigned to the deputy president. At the time, the plotters wanted some information on who I was talking to and associating with,” the Witness quoted Zuma as saying at the funeral.

“He and some in the bodyguards team showed deep knowledge of politics. They refused to give information about my movements when their superiors wanted it.

“For refusing to be coerced, they were ostracised by their seniors by being refused some privileges enjoyed by their colleagues, but they did not budge.

“At some stage it was inquired as to how many firearms there were in my guards’ team as they intended attacking and wiping out all the guards and the deputy (president).”

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