Crime intelligence paid journos - report

2012-05-17 14:13

Johannesburg - An urgent investigation is needed into an allegation that the police's crime intelligence (CI) division paid journalists to write a report discrediting other officers, the National Press Club said on Thursday.

The allegation emerged in an official document compiled by Colonel Kobus Roelofse of the SAPS anti-corruption task team and lodged in court papers by Freedom Under Law (FUL) on Tuesday.

FUL, represented by former World Bank director Dr Mamphela Ramphele, asked the South Gauteng High Court to interdict former crime intelligence head Lieutenant General Richard Mdluli from performing any policing duties.

It also wants the decision to withdraw murder and fraud charges against him to be reviewed.

Very worrying

National Press Club chairperson Yusuf Abramjee said allegations that journalists were paid was "very worrying" and "very serious".

"Authorities need to get to the bottom of them as a matter of urgency. We need to get the facts and if there were any payments made, as alleged, criminal charges should follow.

"We also call on media houses suspected of being involved to launch their own investigations," said Abramjee.

The Roelofse report said the investigating team was informed of the article in October last year by a witness. The witness told investigators he overheard Major General Solly Lazarus, CI finance head, say a newspaper article was to be written by journalists paid by CI.

The article would "take the focus away from them" and cast suspicion on those they perceived to be a threat.

It continues: "This newspaper article was published in the Sunday Times on 23 October 2011."

Mdluli made representations to the National Prosecuting Authority earlier that month and used the article to cast suspicion on Hawks boss Lieutenant General Anwa Dramat and the investigating team.

He claimed there was a conspiracy to oust him.

  • Squeegee - 2012-05-17 14:28

    Lock up any journalist guilty of this crime.

      Jannie - 2012-05-17 15:20

      don't forget genl mdluli - lock them up toghether

      Squeegee - 2012-05-17 15:38

      If you cant shut them up with the Info Bill, you buy them ...

  • sika.ncamane - 2012-05-17 14:32

    This would make a nice Movie

      richard.hipkin - 2012-05-17 14:38

      Sure would!

      Martin - 2012-05-17 16:15

      lol with his unqualified family as operatives in a internet shop front hahah a comedy, a stoner comedy like harold and kumar, but the wayans brothers have to play all the government parts in different costumes like white chicks

  • clive.brink - 2012-05-17 15:03

    Paying journalists to spread your propoganda seems to be a general trait and practise. They did so under the apartheid regime and seems to be going on todays still. So what has changed in this underhanded method of brain washing and mind control? Name them and shame them so that we can know who the media puppets are!

  • Hallo - 2012-05-17 16:23

    Journos, nuff said. They are destroying this country.

  • louis.langenhoven - 2012-05-17 16:24

    why am I not surprised?

  • Steve - 2012-05-17 16:38

    they knwo how to pick them abuse of state(tax payers and rate payers) funds i suggest is an immediate 25 yrs in jail and 100 000 rand minimum for the wistleblower!!and all the persons assetts are given to the state and funds used in the wistleblowers area towards education ,medical etc

  • Rob - 2012-05-17 16:59

    And so the 'mud slinging' continues..... Bunch of children...

  • Richard - 2012-05-18 13:36

    whats new? I have reservations about a number of journalists and its obvious that they are working to a very strict agenda. For instance why do all the papers carry the same story? When they vilify someone they all act as if they have strict instructions to tell teh same story in different ways. Which journalist wrote the real truth about who authorised teh arms deal? Why did tehy fail to mention Trevor Manual who was the Minister of Finance? or his whole committee that approved it or the various people that acted as mediators of one sort or another? Why did teh media try and pin the whole saga on Jacob Zuma as if he was the central person in this matter? Some of teh media could be a joke if they were not so destructive

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