Creepy car terror for Eskom whistleblower
Police confirm a case of intimidation is being investigated
Eskom’s suspended head of legal Suzanne Daniels believes she is under surveillance after a vehicle seen outside her Pretoria home aroused suspicion last week.
Her fears were confirmed when police explained to her – after speaking to neighbours, security guards stationed in the street and reviewing CCTV footage – that at least three cars had been seen in the vicinity, at one point stopping together in the road while the drivers spoke to each other from inside their vehicles.
A case of intimidation is being investigated following the incident as well as death threats and other incidents that Daniels had reported since August.“We can confirm that a case of intimidation was opened and is being investigated. We cannot comment at this stage on who the suspects are,” said Gauteng SAPS spokesman Captain Mavela Masondo.
CCTV footage from Daniels’s home security system shows a white Chrysler sedan pulling up in front of her house just before 10am on Wednesday morning.
The car is stationary for almost two minutes before it pulls into the driveway, where it stays for another two minutes.
The driver’s window is rolled down but the footage is not clear enough to show the occupants of the vehicle.
Soon afterwards, the car drives off.From what Daniels understands, the vehicles did not have number plates.
“I had sort of fallen into the trap of a false sense of security,” Daniels told Times Select on Thursday.
“I had gotten into this comfort zone. On Wednesday, I just thought: It’s not over yet.”On Monday, she said she had increased security measures at her home, including more regular patrols and an expanded CCTV system.
Daniels told parliament in November last year that she had received death threats and had been intimidated on the roads while driving with her daughter while testifying during the Eskom inquiry.
“The police walked the road, and they checked the cameras and spoke to the security out in the street.
“To the security’s credit, they were watching the cars.”
Daniels has been fighting her suspension from Eskom in October last year at the CCMA. Also on Wednesday, closing arguments were heard in the matter and a ruling is expected to follow.
Daniels sensationally blew the whistle on state capture at Eskom while testifying in parliament. Parts of her testimony are forming part of investigations by the Hawks and National Prosecuting Authority into allegations of state capture by the Gupta family and their associates.She is expected to be a key witness in the upcoming judicial commission of inquiry into state capture that will be headed by Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo.
Daniels says the incident has brought back feelings of extreme discomfort and she is taking steps to ramp up security at her home.
She is taking matters “day by day” but does not know if she would be willing to return to Eskom.
“[When I was suspended] at first I felt disbelief and shock. But later on I welcomed the opportunity to be at home. It gave me time to prepare for the parliamentary inquiry and allowed me to help my daughter prepare for matric exams.
“Now I suppose I will have to start thinking about the future and moving on.”