Counterclaims in spy case

The inspector-general of intelligence will take the witness stand in the Hatfield community court today after former spy boss Billy Masetlha's defence was yesterday granted an application to recall witnesses.

The inspector-general of intelligence will take the witness stand in the Hatfield community court today after former spy boss Billy Masetlha's defence was yesterday granted an application to recall witnesses.

Zolile Ngcakani is to be asked whether he received a report which Masetlha said he sent to him on September 30 2005.

Ngcakani denied in his earlier testimony receiving a report from Masetlha, the former National Intelligence Agency (NIA) director-general.

Masetlha is charged with contravening the Intelligence Services Oversight Act by withholding evidence from Ngcakani.

Masetlha's personal assistant at the agency, Nokuthula Motshwane, was also recalled. But she will not be in court today as she is heavily pregnant.

It was decided that she should give her testimony through a sworn affidavit after she received the questions from Masetlha's defence.

Masetlha testified that the report Ngcakani had asked for was sent on September 30 2005 by courier, Simphiwe Radebe. He called Motshwane and dictated a letter to accompany the report to Ngcakani.

But the letter drafted by Motshwane appears as though it was created on October 5 in the NIA systems.

This information of when and how the report was sent only came up after Ngcakani and Motshwane had already testified. - Sapa

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