'I have nothing to hide'

Khangale Makhado. Pic. Thobeka Ndabuka. 04/03/07. © Sowetan.
Khangale Makhado. Pic. Thobeka Ndabuka. 04/03/07. © Sowetan.

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Former Sowetan journalist Khangale Makhado, right said he was not perturbed by the Scorpions' investigating him in connection with the Brett Kebble fraud and murder case.

Makhado's link to the Kebble saga could be traced to his previous work as an investor relations, marketing and communication director at Matodzi Resources.

Kebble's company, JCI, owned more than 50 percent of Matodzi, which Makhado joined in 2004. He was retrenched the following year.

Makhado yesterday insisted that he is clean.

"Other than the salary I was paid, I did not receive a cent more than I did not work for," said Makhado.

He said he had been unemployed since then, and had been surviving on temporary jobs.

"I have nothing to hide. Whether the Scorpions come or not I am not bothered. I regret working for that company because of the stigma attached to it," said Makhado."

"I am struggling to secure another job because of that stigma."

Weekend newspapers reported that Makhado was on the list of people being investigated by the Scorpions. Others are former presidential advisor Wiseman Nkuhlu, former national intelligence head of operations Gibson Njenje, and former Rivonia trialist Andrew Mlangeni.

According to an affidavit prepared by the Scorpions, the investigation is part of the ongoing probe into the murder of Kebble and the disappearance of R3billion from companies to which he was linked.

The Scorpions are targeting people with links with those companies. The investigators are searching for documents, trade accounts, minutes of meetings and e-mails that could shed light into the investigation.