Citizen Reporter
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4 Jun 2022
7:00 pm

Presidency confirms death threats against DG Phindile Baleni

Citizen Reporter

Baleni is receiving protection from security agencies.

Presidency director-general Phindile Baleni. Picture: Gallo Images/Alet Pretorius

The Presidency’s director-general Phindile Baleni has received death threats in the form of a bullet in her home letterbox.

President Cyril Ramaphosa’s spokesperson, Vincent Mangwenya, confirmed this on Saturday in a statement on Twitter, saying the matter was referred to security agencies.

According to Mangwenya, several days ago Baleni received a threat from an unknown person or persons “who seemingly want to affect the Presidency’s processing of the findings of the Judicial Commission of Inquiry into Allegations of State Capture”.

“Ms Baleni found, in her letter box at home, an envelope containing a bullet and a letter in which the perpetrator(s) made a threat against her life,” he said.

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Baleni is receiving protection from security agencies.

“The director-general reported this matter to security agencies and she is receiving protection to enable her to continue her critical duties as director-general of the Presidency, Cabinet secretary and convenor of the Forum of South African Directors-General.”

The Presidency said the fight against crime and corruption would be unaffected by this threat against the DG.

Read a snippet of the letter received by the Presidency’s DG below:

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