Fred Daniel, one citizen among many targeted by predator politicians, stood up against the scourge of corruption at great personal cost. The retaliation he faced after attempts by corrupt politicians to grab his nature reserve in Mpumalanga included vandalism, arson, smears and death threats.
Predator Politics by Rehana Rossouw
Corruption cost taxpayers around R 1.5 trillion during Jacob Zuma’s spell as president of South Africa. Despite attempts by the police, the courts and the Public Prosecutor to stem the rising tide of graft, several politicians were rewarded with high office after stealing the aspirations of millions of people.
Fred Daniel, one citizen among many targeted by predator politicians, stood up against the scourge. The retaliation he faced after attempts by corrupt politicians to grab his nature reserve in Mpumalanga included vandalism, arson, smears and death threats. His nemesis is Deputy President DD Mabuza, who presided over several departments in the province that were wrecked by graft before he ascended to the position of second most powerful politician in the country.
Fred has won more than 20 cases over the last 15 years in magistrate’s and high courts where his claims of corruption-related harassment were found credible. The North Gauteng High Court was due to hear his damages claim against Mabuza, government departments and officials amounting to more than R 1 billion, but the case has been postponed. It stems from Fred’s exposure of fraudulent land scams in Mpumalanga.
At great personal cost, Fred and his family stood up to corruption. They endured the loss of livelihood and home – and the fear that follows when the government places a target on the back of a citizen blowing the whistle on its misdeeds. Fred will not back down. For him, failure is not an option.