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NatuANA reports that Allen Thompson, deputy president of the KwaZulu-Natal based National Teachers’ Union (Natu), said on Thursday he received a death threat since surviving an alleged foiled assassination attempt last month.  

The threat was made via telephone and has been reported to police.  The union contracted private security for Thompson on the night of the foiled attack.  It has since also solicited private investigators to assist with the case.  “We still believe this was an aborted assassination attempt and are waiting for a few more puzzle pieces to be linked.  We are waiting on the police to give us more information after their investigation,” said Thompson.  Durban North police said they were still investigating the matter.  The alleged hit took place on 11 May when Thompson was travelling to Durban on the N2.  Heavily armed men ambushed him and he was shot through the driver’s front window and struck in the shoulder.  He managed to drive himself to uMhlanga Hospital while being followed by his attackers.  The balaclava-clad men pursued him into the hospital and when they could not find him, proceeded to loot his car, taking documents relating to an “imminent forensic investigation regarding the KwaZulu-Natal education department”.  They also stole an undisclosed amount of cash and two laptops.  


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