Shots fired at top SABC official

Staff Writer | Jun 09, 2019
The national broadcaster expressed shock at what has been called an ‘attempted assassination’.

South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) chief audit executive Thami Zikode was the subject of an ‘attempted assassination’ on Friday, according to news reports.

Gauteng Police said yesterday they had arrested 32-year-old man, and recovered a firearm with ammunition, in connection with the incident. Police were still searching for three other men. The getaway car used by the shooters had reportedly been recovered. It is not known who might be behind the incident.

SABC spokeswoman Vuyo Mthembu said in a brief statement: ‘The attack occurred following Mr Zikode leaving work. He was followed by assailants who fired shots at him. The matter is being handled by the police for further investigation. The SABC is grateful that Mr Zikode was unharmed.’

The SABC expressed shock at the 'attempted assassination’ of Zikode, who was appointed in December 2017 to meet the broadcaster’s ‘commitment to ensuring organisation stability, financial recovery, and sound governance’.

It is believed Zikode was working on a forensic investigation, but the SABC said the motive for the shooting was unclear, EWN reported.

Being an auditor appears to have become one of the most dangerous jobs in South Africa.


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