Mo­er­ane in­quiry re­port wait sparks walk­out

Pretoria News - - NEWS - KAILENE PIL­LAY

WHIS­TLE-blower and cor­rup­tion fighter Thabiso Zulu staged a walk­out with jour­nal­ists af­ter wait­ing for over an hour for the re­port of the Mo­er­ane Com­mis­sion to be handed over to Pre­mier Wil­lies Mchunu.

Mchunu es­tab­lished the com­mis­sion on Oc­to­ber 31, 2016, to in­ves­ti­gate the un­der­ly­ing causes of po­lit­i­cal killings in the prov­ince since 2011.

More than 60 peo­ple, in­clud­ing Zulu, tes­ti­fied be­fore the com­mis­sion, headed by ad­vo­cate Marumo Mo­er­ane. The hear­ings con­cluded oral ev­i­dence on March 12 and the re­port on the com­mis­sion was meant to be handed over to Mchunu yes­ter­day.

Af­ter wait­ing for about an hour-and-ahalf, more than 25 jour­nal­ists and cam­era­men and women, walked out of the of­fices when Mchunu’s spokesper­son Thami Ngidi said he could not say when the media brief­ing would start. Speak­ing to jour­nal­ists in the foyer of the Of­fice of the Pre­mier in Dur­ban yes­ter­day, Zulu lam­basted Mchunu and the gov­ern­ment, say­ing he was promised pro­tec­tion when giv­ing ev­i­dence but af­ter threat as­sess­ments by the state, he still lived in fear for his life.

The death threats started last year af­ter he spoke out at a me­mo­rial ser­vice for slain Sindiso Ma­gaqa, who had ex­posed cor­rup­tion in uMz­imkhulu mu­nic­i­pal­ity.

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