KwaZulu-Natal-based corruption whistleblower Thabiso Zulu has slammed President Cyril Ramaphosa for failing to fulfil his promise of arranging police protection for him.
Zulu survived an apparent attempt on his life in October. He was a close friend of former ANC Youth League leader Sindiso Magaqa, who passed away in 2017 after being shot.
Earlier this month, he said Ramaphosa had called him to assure him that he would be accorded protection. He said KZN Premier Sihle Zikalala made a similar promise.
‘Promises amounted to nothing’
However, in a statement on Wednesday, Zulu expressed disappointment that he still doesn’t have protection.
He said, “All those promises have resulted in nothing. No implementation, no explanation, no courtesy calls, nothing.
“I have always heard people accusing politicians of lying and [being] uncaring, among other things, but I now have experienced it firsthand.”
Zulu was particularly disappointed at Ramaphosa, suggesting that the President is being “strong-armed” by his ministers.
‘Matter is receiving priority attention’
“Why did he promise me something he knew he cannot deliver? Is this a reflection to his government that he takes his instructions from some of his ministers who have power to strong arm him into doing something different to what he wants to do?” he wondered.
The Presidency has not yet responded to Zulu’s statement, while Zikalala’s spokesperson told News24 that the matter is receiving “priority attention” from law enforcement agencies.
Zulu also took to Facebook earlier this month to criticise government’s delay in according him protection.
He wrote, “But they must remember that they called me on my phone. If I were to die, the world will hear their voices promising me protection after I had been shot.”
Zulu told mourners at Magaqa’s funeral that Magaqa had been assassinated for exposing tender corruption in uMzimkhulu.
He was also one of the main witnesses at the Moerane Commission, which investigated political killings in KZN.