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By unknown | Jun 12, 2008 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Sipho Masombuka

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The laptop computer from which remnants of "hoax" e-mails were found could have been accessed by anyone as it did not have access security, the Pretoria specialised commercial crimes court heard yesterday.

The computer belonged to information technology specialist Muziwendoda Kunene, who, together with former NIA director-general Billy Masetlha and former NIA electronic surveillance manager Funokwakhe Madlala, is charged with R152000 fraud.

Kunene, Masetlha and Madlala are accused of fabricating e-mails which were presented to President Thabo Mbeki as proof of intercepted communications between top ANC and government officials, allegedly plotting to stop Jacob Zuma and then ANC general-secretary Kgalema Motlanthe from being elected to top positions.

Computer expert Superintendent Bernard Grobler testified that between December 2005 and May 2006 the computer was not tampered with but agreed when magistrate Dawie Jacobs said anyone could have accessed the computer's hard-drive prior to this.

In February Grobler told the court that of the 7000 files in his report regarding the "hoax" e-mail, only a fraction linked the accused to the e-mails that were examined.

The case continues tomorrow .


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