“Miss K” – who is employed by SSA and is involved in “sensitive investigations” – has applied to give her evidence from a remote location and under a protected identity. Evidence leader Paul Pretorius said she has been threatened as a consequence of being part of “Project Veza”, which is aimed at “cleaning up” the SSA.
Arthur Fraser’s advocate Rapulane Kgoroeadira, who also represents a number of other spies, says his clients oppose Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo granting such an order. Kgoroeadira again complains that his clients have not been given any notice that they are implicated in Miss K’s evidence.
“We can’t be ambushed in this manner. This injustice cannot be allowed to persist,” he said.
Zondo points out that the inquiry’s evidence leaders have explained that they did not give such notice because of the “sensitive nature” of Miss K’s evidence.
He also compared Miss K giving evidence instead of Mr Y – a previous SSA witness who testified about former president Jacob Zuma’s political allies unlawfully getting Agency protection – to a substitute soccer player taking the jersey of a player he was replacing. This should not be allowed, he said.
– Karyn Maughan