Journalist Mzilikazi wa Afrika opens up about death threats

Investigative and political journalists in South Africa have become targets when covering high profile stories.

City Press journalist Sipho Masondo, SABC journalist Vuyo Mvoko as well as Sunday Times Mzilikazi wa Afrika are some of the reporters who have been subject to death threats.

In 2016 Mvoko gave a damning testimony to Parliament during the SABC inquiry and then received a text labeling him a traitor and threatening to kill him.

READ: Vuyo Mvoko: I was able to speak only half of what I know at SABC inquiry

Earlier this month Masondo had serious allegations lodged against him through the press ombudsman, following investigations into the alleged “hijack and capture” of the Lesotho Highlands Water Project.

A source allegedly told City Press that Minister Nomvula Mokonyane’s special advisor discussed “what to do with Masondo”.

wa Afrika who has been threatened before in 2011 and is currently under 24-hour protection. This, following a confession from a man who was hired to kill him after he reported that Impulse International had received tenders worth about R1-billion from Eskom.

ALSO READ: Wa Afrika given 24-hour security after exposing Eskom

Eusebius McKaiser speaks to political analyst Karima Brown and wa Afrika.

Brown speaks to the impact this has on a journalist's career and personal life, as well as the challenge of exposing these threats.

People take politics very personally and very seriously....Often when political reporters take a position.. what these people are telling us is that they have access to our private information.

Karima Brown, Political analyst

That often leads to people being paralysed. People not being prepared to say what they say or write what they write. There is often a way in which you buy the persons silence.

Karima Brown, Political analyst

wa Afrika says he does not trust authorities.

Honestly speaking I really don't trust the police. If you can see in the recent months how many journalists have been intimidated and arrested by the same police officers who are supposed to be protecting us?

Mzilikazi wa Afrika, journalist

The top guys are busy fighting amongst themselves for positions and staying in office, then who to trust?

Mzilikazi wa Afrika, journalist

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