Corruption strikes again as whistle-blower is murdered - statement by Mr Humphrey Nobongoza (UDM Secretary General) (5 January 2009)

The United Democratic Movement (UDM) is shocked at media reports that a senior ANC official who reportedly blew the whistle on alleged corruption in a 2010 construction project was shot dead at his home (in Nelspruit) and his son wounded.

It appears that corruption in our government is rife and should it be true that Mr Jimmy Mohlala's life was brutally ended solely for exposing this corruption, it does not bode well. If the allegations of corruption are indeed true, it will add to the string of dubious deeds of various individuals in positions of power.

We hope that the allegations will be properly investigated; it is unfortunate and sad that Mr Mohlala will not be able to bear witness in the investigation. The allegations of corruption as well as Mr Mohlala's murder will also mar the image of our 2010 campaign.

The UDM worries that this tragic incident will discourage future whistle-blowers from exposing vile corruption and dishonesty.

We express our condolences to the family and friends of the deceased and pray for the recovery of Mr Mohlala junior. We hope that the perpetrators of this heinous crime will be brought to book expeditiously.