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Former spy boss Arthur Fraser has opened perjury cases against several State Security Agency (SSA) officials – including acting director-general Loyiso Jafta, as well as Sydney Mufamadi, who chaired an inquiry into the intelligence agency – following the revelations laid bare at the state capture inquiry.
Fraser’s attorney, Rapulane Kgoroeadira, confirmed the opening of cases at the Hillbrow Police Station on Friday against Mufamadi, Jafta, secret SSA operatives known only as Ms K and Mr Y, the commission’s evidence leader advocate Paul Pretorius, SC, as well as a member of Pretorius’ team, advocate Veruschka September.
According to a statement, the cases relate to “falsehoods peddled during what our client considers the monumental compromise of the country’s intelligence by SSA officials, [that] have left him with no choice but to lay criminal charges against those that conspired to tell the nation blatant and deliberate falsehoods”.
The allegations were recorded by the commission last week, but Kgoroeadira could not immediately tell News24 what allegations were labelled falsehoods by Fraser. He added that all the information was contained in Fraser’s affidavit handed to police.
“Our client is mindful that the entire evidence was designed to pre-empt his request to assist the commission. Instead, the commission decided to call these officials and shut the door on him,” the statement from Kgoreadira Mudau Attorneys read.
Last week, the inquiry, chaired by Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo, heard testimony relating to the state of the SSA. Revelations were placed on record about SSA officials using state resources for parallel intelligence structures and widespread looting.
Mufamadi revealed that R84 million in funding was allegedly given to former president Jacob Zuma in his last two years in office, while Fraser was at the helm as well as a project aimed at bribing judges to rule in Zuma’s favour in his legal battles.
News24 also reported that in his statement to the commission Mufamadi revealed that his panel was given a document that was allegedly a report to Fraser in February 2017, in which the author boasted about how a special operations unit interfered with ANC President Cyril Ramaphosa’s election campaign.
Ms K, an SSA operative, who confirmed the affidavit of Mr Y, claimed that Fraser brought back individuals implicated in the Principal Agent Network operation, who allegedly evolved into a parallel intelligence network which bypassed normal SSA procedures including recruitment.
This is a developing story.
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