WikiLeaks exposes SA spy boss

2011-01-23 09:19

Johannesburg - An explosive WikiLeaks cable claims that spy boss and President Jacob Zuma confidante Mo Shaik threatened to expose the “political skeletons” of Zuma’s enemies and reveals that he was cultivated by the Americans as a key informant within the Zuma camp.

The cable said he named Mbeki, the then suspended police commissioner Jackie Selebi, former director of Public Prosecutions Vusi Pikoli, then acting head of public prosecutions Mokotedi Mpshe as well as former Speaker Frene Ginwala as targets.

“Shaik complained that all these people know Zuma is innocent and that he does not understand why they have not come to Zuma’s defence before now,” the cable noted.

The cable notes that Shaik “used to meet with the French, but cut them off after a French diplomat insulted him immediately before the ANC conference at Polokwane”.

In a cable, dated June 4 2009, that focused on President Zuma’s new cabinet, Shaik is said to have described the appointments of various presidential advisers, among them Collins Chabane – now minister in the presidency for performance monitoring, Ayanda Dlodlo – now deputy minister of public service and administration, Mandisi Mpahlwa – now envoy to Moscow, Lindiwe Zulu, Zuma’s international affairs advisor and Bonisiwe Makhene as concessions to “keep them quiet”.

Read more on:    schabir shaik  |  thabo mbeki  |  jacob zuma  |  wikileaks
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