Christian and South Africa's top anti-corruption official fear for her life after learning that a group of men has been hired to kill her.
None was linked so far, and the motive of the alleged plot was not known. But Public Protector Thuli Madonsela was in the limelight when she won her petition asking the court to cite President Jacob Zuma in violation of the constitution for misusing $16 million state money to renovate his private home,
Her spokeswoman Kgalalelo Masibi said Madonsela received a text last month cautioning her that a gangster in Western Cape has been contracted for R740,000 to kill her.
"She fears for her safety and security," Masibi said, adding that Madonsela knew the informant personally.
Madonsela is the third and first female as Public Protector. Her court victory over Zuma earned her prestige in her five years in the post. Her office has a constitutional mandate to probe misconduct and abuse in state affairs.
The opposition Democratic Alliance said personal security for Madonsela should be provided as the threat cannot be taken lightly.
"She has been fearless in implementing her mandate which led to political embarrassment of President Zuma, and we believe we should take this seriously," said party member Zakhele Mbhele.
Congress of the People's Dennis Bloem said if necessary they will march in the streets to protest and condemn any threat against anyone who would stand up against corruption in government.
"No Public Protector must be intimidated with death if he or she is doing her mandate to defend the Constitution," he added.