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'Masetlha ignored boss' orders'

By unknown | Jul 31, 2008 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Sipho Masombuka

Sipho Masombuka

Minister for Intelligence Services Ronnie Kasrils, left, cited the National Intelligence Agency's botched surveillance on ANC businessman Saki Macozoma and submissions to the Khampepe Commission as key reasons for his concerns on the conduct of former NIA director-general Billy Masetlha.

Kasrils was testifying in the R152 000 fraud case against IT specialist Muziwendoda Kunene, former NIA director-general Masetlha and former NIA electronic surveillance manager Funokwakhe Madlala at the Specialised Commercial Crimes Court in Pretoria yesterday.

Earlier in the day the case was heard in camera to hear some of Kasrils' testimony, after a ruling by magistrate Dawie Jacobs.

The in-camera testimony related to the contents of the presidential special investigations team report, classified as top secret. The prosecution had argued that the document made reference to names of people who are high office bearers within government and the NPA.

The trio is accused of fabricating e-mails that were presented to President Thabo Mbeki as proof of intercepted communications between top ANC and government officials.

The e-mails allegedly plotted to stop Jacob Zuma and then ANC general secretary Kgalema Motlanthe from being elected to top positions.

Kasrils said he had made it clear to Masetlha that two particular points in his (Masetlha's) submissions to the Khampepe Commission should be removed, to which Masetlha agreed but went on to make the submission without removing the concerned points.

He said the points in question were about people within NIA who worked with foreign intelligence operatives and about Scorpions operatives being trained by foreign intelligence organisations.


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