On 29 January 2021 it was stated in an article of the Daily Maverick that the Chief Directorate Special Operations (CDSO) within the State Security Agency (SSA) spent R1-billion to protect former president Jacob Zuma and his close associates between 2012 and 2018. The Commission of Inquiry into State Capture heard that a portion of this public money went to spying on, and trying to influence, the judiciary.
This is contained in an affidavit prepared for Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo by Mr Y and corroborated by Ms K (names withheld). Mr Y and Ms K are investigators within Project Veza, which was tasked with investigating allegations of irregularities and criminality at the SSA between 2012 and 2018.
With Mr Y’s affidavit and Ms K’s corroboration, it was revealed there were a number of unlawful projects run by the CDSO, which was set up in 2012 and run by then SSA deputy director-general Thulani Dlomo. Each project conducted numerous operations.
One such was Project Mayibuye, under which was Operation Justice, which came into being in the latter half of 2015.
Operation Justice was itself a continuation of Operation Simunye, which was intended to “intensify and strengthen state authority within the judiciary system under which contacts and relevant assets (informants) were to be acquired and utilised for the purposes of positively influencing state power and control over the judiciary”, read evidence leader advocate Paul Pretorius.
In a submission to the SSA’s on 31 May 2016, then director-general, Sonto Kudjoe, for renewal of Project Mayibuye, an “alarming concern” was noted over “the friction that existed between the state and the justice fraternity”. An operative with the pseudonym Frank said there was a complaint that there were judges colluding to overthrow the government, which formed the basis for establishing Operation Justice.
Cash also allegedly flowed to former SSA minister David Mahlobo under Operation Justice, with one person telling Project Veza investigators she personally delivered R4.5-million to Mahlobo’s office on at least three occasions. The cash, said Frank, was to “deal with the issue of judges”.
Mr Y put a conservative estimate of R1-billion in illegal and largely unaccounted expenditure by the CDSO between 2012 and 2018, much of it withdrawn in cash. Further, the Project Veza investigators found the CDSO members were unskilled – some without a matric certificate – and were irregularly recruited and vetted, even receiving fake security clearance certificates signed by Dlomo.
Yet they were the largest consumers of SSA resources and provided no intelligence feedback to the agency. Instead, they seemed to report directly to Zuma or members of his executive.
Ms K stated that CDSO operatives in junior positions were made to act in positions four levels higher, receiving the concomitant allowances, including to travel wherever the president and deputy president travelled, resulting in “a whole lot of expenditure”.
Each project, which ran numerous operations, was established with generic documentation, little to no detail of proposed plans and outcomes, and conflicting accounts of their deliverables.
Three major projects, projects Construcao, Wave, and Mayibuye all contained the same wording, and were authorised by the same person, all on the same day, 23 January 2015. For Project Construcao, established in January 2015, the budget was R30-million, said Ms K. But this had all been spent by April the same year, with only R5-million allocated for operational expenses. Thereafter, more money was allocated from retained expenses, which was essentially money unspent in other, legitimate projects. Project Construcao, revealed Ms K, was for CDSO recruitment and VIP protection training – apparently for high-ranking officials such as Dudu Myeni – but it was pouring its money into paying private companies for VIP protection services. The project was renewed on 1 April 2016 to run until 31 March 2017, with an extra R24-million for expenditure. Invoices for this expenditure state no more than “services rendered”. Furthermore, Dlomo, as deputy director-general, was signing off on amounts up to R10-million in almost every project when his domestic limit was R50,000 and his foreign branch signing limit was R200,000.
There were numerous other operations brought to light, including investigating Zuma’s wife MaNtuli whom he accused of trying to poison him, the provision of a safe house and salary for Eugene de Kock after his release from prison, monitoring high-profile and politically connected people, and the investigation and resolution of the #feesmustfall protests..
Waste of TIME and TAX money still go down the drain….
Concourt hears an application to compel Zuma to appear at the Zondo Commission
29 January 2021 – The Constitutional Court hears an urgent application filed directly with the Court by the Secretary of the Judicial Commission of Inquiry into Allegations of State Capture (the Commission). The Commission seeks to compel Mr Zuma to comply with the summons issued by the Secretary of the Commission, directing him to appear before the Commission on 18 – 22 January 2021 and 15 – 19 February 2021 and an order declaring Mr Zuma’s conduct to leave without permission in November 2020, to be unlawful and in breach of section 3(1) of the Commissions Act.
26 January 2021 – State Security Agency’s Acting DG, Loyiso Jafta has taken the stand at the State Capture Inquiry.
28 January 2021 – The Constitutional Court has ordered former president Jacob Zuma to abide by a summons to appear before the state capture commission and give evidence before it. Jeremy Maggs talks to legal researcher Chris Pieters from the Helen Suzman Foundation.
29 January 2021 – The true identities of witnesses at the State Capture Commission have been unlawfully revealed. This comes as a State Security Agency investigator – known only as Ms K – continues to present evidence. She is referring to a colleague, Mr Y’s affidavit. eNCA’s Barry Bateman reports.
31 January 2021 – Environmental campaign group Greenpeace Africa says revelations at the State Capture Commission this week confirmed it was spied on.
It’s emerged that the Special Operations unit created for former president- Jacob Zuma’s benefit – was called to execute an operation at the ANC’s hotly-contested 2017 Nasrec Conference.
An amount of R20-million was allegedly paid to African News Agency journalists. That’s according to the evidence of a secret witness, known as Ms K, at the Zondo Commission of Inquiry.
Arms deals – Fana Hlongwane
Zondo – Guptas – Duduzane Zuma
Dit is eintlik ongewoon – indien die man betaal word, waar is al die ander wat ook nie erkenning gekry het of salarisse ontvang het nie. Dink spesifiek aan al die oud weermaglede/SAP lede. Wie het almal amnestie ontvang?
SINCE 1961 … 1990 … 1994 … 2020
RSA – Terrorism – Terrorisme
Vula Secret Safari
VLAKPLAAS AND ZONDO
It’s been claimed at the State Capture Commission that government has been bankrolling apartheid assassin, Eugene de Kock, since his parole. A spy at the State Security Agency has revealed to the Commission of Inquiry into State Capture that up to R200 000 was allocated for the upkeep of De Kock. That included a R40 000 salary. The affidavit of the spy – known at Mr. Y – was read out while another unidentified spy – called Ms. K – testified. That was for a state-sponsored safe house and a monthly salary. De Kock was a police officer who was in charge of the notorious Vlakplaas unit that specialised in executing and torturing anti-apartheid activists. He was paroled in 2015 after having been sentenced to more than 200 years behind bars in 1996. Political analyst, Sandile Swana shares more.
Why is the ANC funding an apartheid assassin?