Thuli Madonsela attends the 2014 Time 100 Gala at Frederick P. Rose Hall, Jazz at Lincoln Center, on April 29, 2014, in New York City
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May 9, 2016 4:11 AM EDT

South Africa’s lead anticorruption official Thuli Madonsela has been warned by an informant that hit men may be targeting her.

The public protector is known for issuing a 2014 instruction to President Jacob Zuma to repay some of the state funds he spent on private home renovations. South Africa’s top court upheld Madonsela’s demand on March 31, Reuters reports, and ruled that Zuma had breached the constitution by ignoring her earlier request.

Her spokesperson said Madonsela received a text message alerting her to the alleged death threat on April 1. “She is concerned about her safety and security,” the spokesperson said.

Madonsela was included in the 2014 Time 100 list for investigating corruption at the highest levels of government. At the time, she was described by former governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria Lamido Sanusi as being “among the tiny but growing band of African public servants giving us hope for the future of our continent.”


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