Moerane inquiry report wait sparks walkout
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.