Mandela's house 'was bugged'

2010-08-22 07:47

Johannesburg - Former president Nelson Mandela's Houghton house was bugged ahead the African National Congress's 2007 national conference, the Sunday Times reported on Saturday.

"A bug was found at Mandela's home. I had discussions with Mandela and he told me about the bug himself," Congress of SA Trade Union secretary general Zwelinzima Vavi said.

Speaking at the National Union of Metal Workers of SA political school on Monday, Vavi said the listening device bug was discovered in the old Statesman's house by the police's VIP protection unit during a sweeping exercise.

At the time, the ANC was split between those who backed the ANC president Thabo Mbeki for a third term as the party's president and those who wanted Jacob Zuma to lead.

Mbeki was later defeated.