Following the reports circulating that Public Protector Thuli Madonsela is now living in fear for her life, Congress of the People party (COPE) has urged South Africans to stand up in her defense.
BuzzSouthAfrica gathered that Madonsela received a message warning her that a prominent Western Cape gang boss had been paid a reasonable amount of money to eliminate her.
COPE spokesman Dennis Bloem expressed the party’s concern over the matter saying any criminal activity with intentions to “take our key institutions hostage” will not be condoned.
“Neither can we allow anyone to intimidate our Public Protector. She must remain free and safe‚ for the little time she has left in office‚ to act fairly and fearlessly against those who violate the Constitution of our country and who undermine the rule of law. Not even the person occupying the highest position in the land must escape censure if he deserves to be censured‚” Bloem declared.
He added that members of the ruling party have always seen the Public Protector as an obstacle in recent years and have made efforts to intimidate her.
“They have little appreciation for her work or the enormous difficulties and dangers she faces. The ruling party sees her as a stumbling block to their freedom to act dishonestly and to abuse power with impunity‚” Bloem accused.
He expressed gratitude that the president does not have the power to dissolve the office of the Public Protector which would have made things easier for him.
“Just as he disbanded the Scorpions‚ Mr Zuma must wish he had a bigger majority in parliament which would have allowed him to alter the Constitution and do away with the Public Protector’s office.”
Bloem concluded by imploring all South Africans to support Public Protector Thuli Madonsela in this critical time as a way of showing appreciation for all the selfless services she rendered to the country.