Former spy boss Billy Masetlha was yesterday accused of not being consistent in his testimony before the Hatfield community court.
Prosecutor Matric Luphondo said Masetlha gave different versions of when a report requested by the Inspector-General of Intelligence Zolile Ngcakani was compiled.
Masetlha is charged with contravening the Intelligence Services Oversight Act by withholding evidence from Ngcakani.
Luphondo said Masetlha testified earlier that he could not explain when the report wanted by Ngcakani was created.
Under cross-examination, Masetlha said he had a good recollection of when the report was compiled, and that this happened on September 30.
However, records at the National Intelligence Agency showed the date was October 5 2005.
Masetlha said the report was dictated to his personal assistant after it had been compiled by NIA management and sent on September 30 by courier to Ngcakani's offices.
"It is my personal assistant's responsibility to feed the information into the system. It's not for me to ask when it was done. I do not deal with administrative issues," Masetlha said.
Luphondo queried Masetlha's testimony of who sent the report to the Ngcakani.
The former spy boss previously testified that the head of counterespionage James Ramabulana, and not the courier, had sent the report to the inspector-general, Luphondo said.
Masetlha said Ramabulana was meant to send the report, but had a courier do so.
The proceedings dealt with Project Fairwood, a top-secret report on a botched operation on legal surveillance of ANC businessman Saki Macozoma.
Almost two hours of court proceedings were heard in camera yesterday.
The trial continues. - Sapa