Former President of South Africa, Jacob Zuma on Tuesday said he has received death threats following his testimony on Monday before the commission of inquiry into state corruption.
Mr. Zuma on Monday started giving testimony live on state television, at a state corruption inquiry. He is expected to face the commission of inquiry during the week.
The former president revealed that his personal assistant answered a telephone call on Monday night with the message “Tell Zuma we are going to kill him, his children, and people around him.”
Presiding Judge Ray Zondo has described those reported death threats and intimidation as “totally unacceptable.”
He asked for witnesses called before the commission of inquiry to be granted the utmost protection.
Jacob Zuma who resigned from office in 2018 was accused of supporting state corruption.
He is reported to have allowed his friends to influence senior government appointments during his presidency.
But on Monday he strongly rejected those allegations saying there is a conspiracy to assassinate his character.
On Monday he said “I have been vilified, alleged to be the king of corrupt people. I have been given every other name and I have never responded to those issues.”
Zuma said “There has been a drive to remove me from the scene, a wish that I should disappear.”
The three Gupta brothers who had strong link with former President Zuma have been at the centre of this state capture scandal.
Zuma told the commission he sees nothing wrong with his relationship with the Guptas. He claims previous presidents have had even stronger ties with the Guptas.