Zuma gets life threat, inquiry told

Johannesburg, Tuesday

South Africa’s former President Jacob Zuma says an anonymous caller threatened to kill him and his children after the first day of questioning at a corruption inquiry.

As the hearing resumed on Tuesday, Zuma (pictured) testified that his personal assistant who answered the telephone call on Monday night was told: “Tell Zuma we are going to kill him, his children, and people around him.”

His protection

Presiding judge Ray Zondo said any threats of violence and intimidation are “totally unacceptable”, adding that witnesses called before the commission of inquiry must be granted the utmost protection.

But judge Zondo cast doubt on whether there was a level of protection available to former head of state that was higher than what he already receives: “What I don’t know is whether you don’t already have maximum protection. I don’t know if there’s anything beyond the protection you get.”

The inquiry is investigating allegations that the former president oversaw a web of corruption during his term in office. -BBC

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