'The system has failed Zulu' - whistleblower survives assassination attempt

A whistleblower and close friend of the late ANC Youth League (ANCYL) secretary-general Sindiso Magaqa has been released from hospital following what's believed to have been an assassination attempt at the weekend.

Thabiso Zulu, a known informant on political killings in KwaZulu-Natal is believed to have been receiving death threats after he blew the whistle on corruption in the Umzimkhulu Municipality and testified at the Moerane Commission of Inquiry into Political Killings.

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Bongani Bingwa chats to the University of KwaZulu-Natal's violence monitor and research fellow professor Mary de Haas.

It was a miracle that he was not killed, there were three or four men...they were armed with a rifle and handguns and he was shot in the left upper shoulder and I presume they were aiming for his heart.

Professor Mary de Haas, Violence monitor and research fellow - University of KwaZulu-Natal

The Public Protector had previously recommended that Zulu be placed under witness protection however, the police minister is said to have taken that recommendation on review.

De Haas says in doing this is the minister in complete breach of his ministry.

The entire system has failed Zulu as he has been fighting corruption and police abuse for the last half dozen years.

Professor Mary de Haas, Violence monitor and research fellow - University of KwaZulu-Natal

She believes that the government is not protecting those who are fighting corruption.

Listen below to the full conversation:


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