Witness said Zondo’s address was leaked during unrest

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Sibusiso Zikode testifying at the unrest commission.
Sibusiso Zikode testifying at the unrest commission.

A witness in the unrest commission said he received credible information regarding an attack on deputy chief justice Raymond Zondo’s home in Durban.

Sibusiso Zikode, president of the shack dwellers movement Abahlali Basemjondolo, was testifying at the South African Human Rights Commission on Monday.

Zikode said he received WhatsApp messages on July 14 with the address of Zondo’s home followed by another one written ‘azibhubhe’ (let there be destruction).

However, Zikode told the commissioners that he was not comfortable publicly sharing the names and details of the people involved in the text chain.

“My children are still very young, I have been sleeping in the bushes with these things,” he said, before agreeing to share the information privately with the commission.

Zikode was asked if he shared the information with the police.

“At that time there was no leadership and the police did not exist. I did not trust the police myself,” he said.

“I still hold the same position now, the police that were not trusted in July cannot be suddenly trusted today.”

Zondo is the judge presiding over the state capture commission.

When former President Jacob Zuma refused to appear before the commission, he was charged by the Constitutional Court in July for contempt of court.

Zuma was subsequently imprisoned and shortly after his detention, civil unrest took over parts of KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng.

Over 300 people were confirmed to have died as a result of the unrest.

This is developing story.

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