Sunday Times journalist 'a marked man'

2011-07-02 22:22

Johannesburg - Journalists Mzilikazi Wa Afrika and Stephan Hofstatter are being intimidated, the Sunday Times reported.

Wa Afrika said he was tipped-off by sources close to South Africa's intelligence bodies that he was "a marked man" and "hitmen have been hired".

The newspaper had provided extra security for the two men after it became aware, earlier this year, that their movements and their telephone calls were being "monitored".

Wa Afrika said in a sworn statement last week that he had experienced two threatening encounters and had been warned in December that he would be killed by hitmen wearing SAPS uniforms.

Editor Ray Hartley said the newspaper took the threats seriously.

"...It seems that there are some in the security services who are taking this intimidation to a more sinister and dangerous level while political leaders turn a blind eye."

SA National Editors' Forum (Sanef) chairperson, Mondli Makhanya, said: "Intimidatory tactics such as these belong in jackboot banana republics and not in a constitutional democracy such as ours".

  • renaldogouws - 2011-07-02 22:36

    Wonder how long before this becomes a daily occurence... YOU SPEAK AGAINST THE ANC? BOOM... DEAD.

      novastarr - 2011-07-03 00:48

      @renalod, I know!Quite soon South Africans (well, at least the ones that have woken up to the Mafia style choke-hold of the ANC)will collectively feel what it's like to live in a dictactorship. Enough rantings on sites such as these, something MUST be done, quick.

      James Weather - 2011-07-03 06:35

      Where’s a special investigation unit to probe these allegations? And what the hell, why is the intelligence agent that informed Mzilikazi Wa Afrika of these threats not taking further action to arrest / charge the culprits? and why isn’t the state paying for the security around Mzilikazi Wa Afrika? if this was malema they would have security officials with ak-47's in hand. Come ANC government where is the protection for our people?

      michaelx - 2011-07-03 07:47


      Creeky - 2011-07-03 08:30

      When you have the "ZULU-NOSTRA" running (sic) the country.... and their "CONNING" gets exposed, you somehow EXPECT them to retaliate!!! Their "GOLDEN BOOI" Cele(bi) was shown up.... so was the "INSTANT BLACK BILLIONAIRE", Shabangu shown up! Breadman... your chirp says it all: "Not even God can help South Africa"

      johncarlos.biza - 2011-07-03 09:27

      So the ANC replaced the Nats to do the same things they used to do? No wonder they dissolved into the ANC instead of the Freedom Front+ etc. SA deserves a modern, civilized government for a change

      Mad Dog - 2011-07-03 09:36

      @novastarr - You are right, something must be done, soon! The local papers are onto it so we must get the overseas papers wound up, as they were 20 years ago. They must hold the anc to its' original promises. Remember..." Free Mandela! Equal Opportunity! Education for all! A Free Democracy! " In the meantime all I can think of is to spread the word to all and sundry an especially traditional anc voters, that the time is now to vote DA for stability, prosperity and fairness to all. The sooner we get the DA into office the better for all, especially the poor people. It is the poor people who need some prosperity most and also they are they ones who will tend to believe all the malema/vavi/zuma bullsh and cause economic damage.

      nic - 2011-07-03 11:01

      well, its already: " you vote against the ANC, BOOM your shack is on fire"... so probably not that long...

      Wonderboy - 2011-07-03 11:53

      @James Weather Agree with you but there is one thing we do not seem to comprehend as South Africans: "Our People" refer to ANC members only. They always rant what they will do for "Our People" and the rest of us assume we are included. This would have been the case in a real democracy.

      msendi - 2011-07-03 16:40

      Is it the ANC that is going to kill the journalist??? Hatred is the worst disease…I GIVE UP!!!!

  • TylerDurton - 2011-07-02 22:38

    I'm surprised your post has not been deleted.

      tryanything - 2011-07-03 07:34

      Eish eets Sunday Tyler Dey have not woken up yet.Bet my comment gets deleted first.

  • Donovan Jackson - 2011-07-02 22:51

    Wonder who is behind this. Oh, wait, you don't need a few years of investigation, it's David Mabuza, the untouchable.

  • Breadman - 2011-07-02 22:54

    Not even god can help us

      ReaperAJ - 2011-07-02 23:42

      amazing how "datbrotherfromthestates" can say what he did when he's out of his territory. Why doesn't he haul ass back to the Motherland Africa where he belongs and come live a life of intimidation (be you black or white) and crime and poverty and AIDS and questionable health care and yadda yadda. Why? Because he's too busy enjoying the benefits of the country The Evil Whiteman stole from the Native Americans. Things that make you go "hmmmm"

      Drannon - 2011-07-02 23:43

      Dbfstates you prick. haha. What are you doing out of Africa yourself? Come home to your brothers brother. Pull in and make yourself welcome. They just love darkies with accents this side of town. Just as much as Hitler liked, well, anyone other than his own...

      BH - 2011-07-02 23:44

      @Datbrotherfromthestates Its our country, we are not going anywhere!

      novastarr - 2011-07-03 00:51

      @BH tell him!I'm black and even I see just how terrible this is!

      Anton - 2011-07-03 07:30

      Please don't ask this rubbish racist to come to Africa. He is not welcome here !!

      Anonymus - 2011-07-03 07:37

      @Datbrotherfromthestates - rather go and try find your real father than wasting your time posting useless comments.

      USSA - 2011-07-03 08:36

      @DatDickfromthestates How's the hood? No drive-by's today? You sound bored...rather go sell crack on the corner, because you sure as $hit are on something.

      Bidartbru - 2011-07-03 14:59

      Dof brotherfromtheorangefreestates, Take your liberal ass down to one of SAs townships and see how long your dumbass will last....

  • Anonymous Thinker - 2011-07-02 22:58

    Well Mr Makhanya, we're heading the way of the "jackboot banana republics" pretty quickly.

  • Tired - 2011-07-03 00:20

    I'm sure SA will protect they protected the serial rapist in mexico that was of SA!! And the media man that tragic lost his life in Libya!

  • BigBrother24 - 2011-07-03 00:46

    Journalists (a job) arrested, threatened, intimidated ................- that's not a a conventional 'common law' threat ......................- this is a perverse threat to the Constitution and the Bill of Rights (S16 freedom of speech). The Bill of Rights (Sect 38) deals with the solution to such a threat by allowing the Editor's Forum (Sanef) the right to approach the Constitutional Court for an Inquiry into allegations that the right to freedom of speech is under threat. The Bill of Rights is not a game........ see

      USSA - 2011-07-03 08:38

      He is not employed by the ANC....they feel fckall for his dilemma.

      O'forth - 2011-07-03 22:37

      Can it be done that way? It will be interesting to see how it might pan out. The investigation will surely release a lot of heat, and it will be open and transparent in open court. Will cost a lot of money though. As the court cases against Malema proves putting the onus on the person doing the wrong to explain himself in public under oath leaves little to debate after. Once they do that they really are screwed and there is no more subterfuse. Their statements are none retractable, on record and open to scrutiny. That is the only way we become aware what fools they truly are. For 17 years I had no clue what nonsense the NDR was until Mr. Malema explained it to me in court. They created this illution that if nobody understand what they are doing then what they do can not be faulted. It doesn't work that way once you have explain your position openly.

  • Madulla Nkosi - 2011-07-03 00:47

    'Datclownfromthestates'. Hey 'Clownsend' get yaw butt outta here. Infecting this site as well, are you?? Brainless idiot. This is how things started in Zimboland and we are well down this road to lawlessness. Next will be threats to bomb newspaper houses.

      BOFFINBOB - 2011-07-03 06:57

      I was thinking exactly the same thing. Townsend / Clownsend the chairman of the Mugabe supporters club, albeit from afar.

      Ian - 2011-07-03 07:42

      well said

      montecristo - 2011-07-03 08:30

      Yeah, Townsend, go back to the The Crimes blog, you idiot ...

  • Madulla Nkosi - 2011-07-03 00:48

    'Datclownfromthestates'. Hey 'Clownsend' get yaw butt outta here. Infecting this site as well, are you?? Brainless idiot. This is how things started in Zimboland and we are well down this road to lawlessness. Next will be threats to bomb newspaper houses.

      Brent Kotze - 2011-07-03 07:48

      how do you connect your post to the article we are commenting on ... What does madulla mean why cant you use you real name like "Piet Pompies" or Sakkie de kock" why these meaningless dumb sounding names

  • Jackool - 2011-07-03 00:52

    South Africa is not becoming a banana republic, it has always been a banana republic. Outspoken Journalists have been "suppressed" since the start of the republic...and probably even before.

      Larro - 2011-07-03 03:12

      Absolutely true. My uncle was a journalist on the Rand Daily Mail, and he told similar stories about the NAT's threatening him and his left wing colleagues. Now just change 'NAT' to 'ANC' - no difference!

      johncarlos.biza - 2011-07-03 09:36

      True, but many blacks and Afrikaners don't mind if the Banana Republic is lead by 'their own'. If anything, they're willing to look the other way. We honestly deserve a good government for once

      Wonderboy - 2011-07-03 12:18

      I wonder if this was not what the NATS were trying to protect us from. They already saw the results in the rest of Africa.

      johncarlos.biza - 2011-07-03 13:46

      @Wonderboy the Nats protected "us" from nothing. They did the exact crap things other African dictators did i.e build a little infrastructure for a few so that they support you and keep you in power, while the common man suffers.

  • TamaraSays - 2011-07-03 02:08

    Sounds a lot like the bad old days of apartheid.

      JR69 - 2011-07-04 08:14

      I agree Tamara, all that has changed is the colour and the level of open looting that is happening.

  • braamc - 2011-07-03 07:20

    Pitty most filthy corrupt politicians aren't on a hit list. God will I support that list

  • GetReal - 2011-07-03 08:07

    The writing is on the wall guys ... if you have the means, get out now!! While we might become a banana republic (if we have not already!), the more likely scenario in my opion, with our sophisticated banking system and too liberal constitution, is that we will become another Columbia... run by drug lords and organized crime.

  • Liberty - 2011-07-03 08:11

    This is very fast becoming a jackboot banana republic. Democracy in Sa is a farce

  • Mad Dog - 2011-07-03 09:25

    The generals might be afraid of the DA. These things happen, like in Zim.

  • horsehair - 2011-07-03 10:07

    Soooooooooo glad I don't have to live in this mess. Cheers, and sorry I have to leave. I kind of like longevity. This too will land up like the rest of Africa after "independence" well done blacks

      Darter - 2011-07-03 11:11

      There's no need to be sorry. Goodbye...dont look back (or come back). Infact there was no need to waste your megabytes telling people (you dont even know) that you're leaving. Bye...

  • Yankee - 2011-07-03 11:10

    To ReaperAJ.I think that Datbrotherfromthestates is right here somewhere. He is either in the Free State or somewhere in a country that is in a hell of a State, South Africa. If it wasn't for the Europeans who came to Africa and designed, developed and structured the continent into what it is today, it would still be a gigantic bush. He talks about stealing from South Africa, would someone please talk to the government to stop the Chinese from stealing our resources, including our perlemoen.

  • John Paul - 2011-07-03 12:38

    The ANC does not know Gorbachov and does not understand Glasgnost and Perestroyka. But they love STALIN! And like Stalin destroyed the Soviet Union, the ANC is destroying South Africa!

  • Donald Mathray - 2011-07-03 12:46

    Hi All These are just two journalists who have a satisfactory grasp of writing anyway.Yes,they have dug up some dirt when they meant to work and yes some people want them killed.This happens all the time in Africa-helps with population control and stuff like that.Actually,if all these troublesome journalists are killed off then there wont be a need for the Tribunal.At least then we will be a free country. There seems to be a move towards Nationalisation and then the Press will be owned by govt,YEAH! No more pesky journalists.The Crime Bosses will run civil society and drug lords will formulate policy,Imagine the creative ways in which we will solve our economic problems.Yes there will be Economic Freedoom in our lifetime. I think its time for the two journalists to prepare for their final journey,And yes thanks for those funny,false stories about our upright,honest and sometimes flirtatious politicians.Good Luck!

  • niels - 2011-07-03 14:06

    I really wish this story came as a surprise to me. South Africa is hugely indebted WaAfrica... but he kept pushing and pushing and pushing. Sooner or later he had to piss someone off.

      JR69 - 2011-07-04 08:13

      Thank God that someone has the courage to expose the corruption and greed. They have my vote

  • Civil_Rights - 2011-07-03 17:27

    If we can't get to the ANC. Wood Work will.

  • thabani.j.themba - 2011-07-03 19:41

    wa afrika u have made your bed,now lie on it boeta!!

  • franssmith100 - 2011-07-03 22:58

    "Intimidatory tactics such as these belong in jackboot banana republics and not in a constitutional democracy such as ours". It is a BANANA REPUBLIC! Just read 1 x months news on this platform - it has everything and more of a banana republic....

  • JR69 - 2011-07-04 08:12

    This is what happens when you vote in Banana republic style leaders. About the SAPS uniforms, they will more than likely be SAPS for hire as we all know how corrupt they are. Good luck guys and keep fighting for Freedom.

  • tiisetso jacob - 2011-10-02 00:27

    this is gettin scarry.and i swear its all political

  • Jason - 2011-10-13 15:39

    "Intimidatory tactics such as these belong in jackboot banana republics and not in a constitutional democracy such as ours" Really Modli, you have to be kidding me - we are exactly a jackboot Banana Republic!!

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