City Press investigative reporter Sipho Masondo says he didn't report threats to his life because senior members of the police's security cluster were involved in his intimidation.
Masondo faced death threats and bribes over his investigation into corruption at the Department of Water Affairs and in the Lesotho Highlands Water Project.
He says senior people linked to crime intelligence and within the legal sector were deployed by the department to try convince him to accept bribes.
Masondo was offered a job at the department and a R3 million bribe, which he refused.
When I started this investigation, I got a call from a guy I don't even know.... He said if I agreed to drop the story, he would give me that money on the spot.— Sipho Masondo, City Press' investigative reporter
He won the prestigious Nat Nakasa Award for his courageous reporting at the SA National Editors’ Forum annual general meeting in Durban at the weekend.
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