'Dso members lied TO cops'

The company that conducted the raids on the Union Buildings in connection with the investigation against then deputy president Jacob Zuma, had not been vetted to do so because its director had been implicated in criminal activities.

The company that conducted the raids on the Union Buildings in connection with the investigation against then deputy president Jacob Zuma, had not been vetted to do so because its director had been implicated in criminal activities.

This was said by National Intelligence Agency director-general Manala Manzini at the Ginwala Commission hearing in Johannesburg yesterday.

Manzini further said he was shocked to find that six out of nine Directorate of Special Operations (DSO) staffers did not have the necessary security clearance.

Testifying at the hearings into National Director of Public Prosecutions boss Vusi Pikoli's fitness to hold office, he said nine DSO operatives had submitted forms to the NIA, via the police, to have access to classified information.

"I must say we were amazed, we were shocked in fact, to discover that senior members of he DSO deliberately lied and misled the police by giving information that was not correct," Manzini said.

"The information related to their security clearance."

He said the clearance of two individuals was invalid and one was not even registered with the NIA. He said senior prosecutor Gerrie Nel responded by saying that it was not a deliberate attempt to mislead him.

"I don't see how else it can be explained except to deliberately mislead," he said. - Sapa

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