Phosa: State must butt out of ANC business

2014-12-14 15:00

Former ANC treasurer-general Mathews Phosa has snubbed the office of the inspector-general of intelligence after it invited him to discuss a report calling Mpumalanga Premier David Mabuza an apartheid-era spy.

Phosa said he had refused because the government could not interfere in an ANC matter – and because he was worried his information might land up in the hands of State Security Minister David Mahlobo, who he described as Mabuza’s friend.

The inspector-general of intelligence, Advocate Faith Radebe, is an independent watchdog of intelligence institutions who is accountable to Parliament’s joint standing committee on intelligence.

“This is an abuse of state power,” Phosa said. “How does the state get involved in an ANC matter? This matter is also sub judice, so why should I arm Mahlobo, who is Mabuza’s friend, with information? I can’t give them a weapon to stab me.”

Phosa turned down an invitation to meet Advocate Jay Govender, an official from Radebe’s office.

Govender declined to comment and referred all questions to Radebe.

Radebe had not responded to phone calls or written questions at the time of going to press. Phosa has denied writing the document, saying it was delivered to his house and he passed it on to ANC deputy secretary-general Jessie Duarte.

But Mabuza puts the blame on Phosa and has threatened to sue him for R10?million.

He also asked President Jacob Zuma to appoint a commission of inquiry, and has approached Radebe and Mahlobo, asking them to investigate.

Mahlobo confirmed that Mabuza had formally asked him to investigate and he had passed the information on to Radebe.

“Citizens have a right to raise matters with me or the inspector-general of intelligence,” said Mahlobo.

“I sent Mabuza’s request to [Radebe] because I can’t investigate my people. “It’s a mistake for Phosa to say I’m Mabuza’s friend … They both raised me, and they remain fathers and leaders to me. I’m not investigating this matter.”

Duarte refused to comment. “I have nothing to say to you,” she said.

Zuma’s spokesperson, Mac Maharaj, had not responded to questions emailed to him on November 27 about the possible appointment of a commission of inquiry.

He promised to reply this week, but did not.

Mabuza’s spokesperson, Zibonele Mncwango, said the premier was still taking the matter to court, but was not aware of any developments on his other requests.

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