Phosa asked Duarte about Mabuza, court told

2016-05-13 21:24
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Pretoria – Businessman Dr Mathews Phosa asked Jessie Duarte, the ANC's deputy treasurer-general, about the premier of Mpumalanga at a meeting and not the other way around, Netwerk24 reported.

So said advocate Etienne Labuschagne, SC, on Friday at Phosa's libel case being heard in the High Court in Pretoria.

Labuschagne is representing Mpumalanga premier David Mabuza.

Mabuza is suing Phosa for R10m because Phosa is believed to have sent a "top-secret" document to high-ranking ANC officials alleging Mabuza was an apartheid spy.

Mabuza asserts that Phosa, the ANC's former treasurer-general and former Mpumalanga premier, was one of the authors of the document and sent it to Duarte to discredit him.

Phosa has been testifying since Thursday. He has denied the allegations, describing them as "fabricated".

"You sent the report to the ANC leadership to create problems for Mr Mabuza in the ANC," Labuschagne told Phosa. "You wanted to remove him as premier."

Phosa testified earlier that the so-called "spy report" was delivered to his house and he sent it to the high-ranking ANC officials because of the "serious" allegations it contained.

On Friday Labuschagne asked Phosa about a meeting between him and Duarte in April 2014, six months before Phosa obtained the report and sent it to Duarte.


Phosa claimed Duarte had said to him: "We as ANC officials want to know exactly who this David Mabuza is."

"I put it to you, Dr Phosa, [that] it was rather your agenda than hers [Duarte's] to ask questions about Mabuza," Labuschagne said. "You should have known by then that questions [were] being asked in Luthuli House about Mabuza."

Phosa denied this.

"Before Duarte brought up Mabuza's name, I did not think about it."

Jan Venter, Phosa's former house manager, testified earlier that he had heard in March 2014 Phosa and his business partner Nick Elliot talk about a "spy report" about Mabuza that they were going to compile and send to Luthuli House. Phosa denied this.

Mabuza said the content of the "spy report" was fabricated and false.

On Thursday Phosa said that according to Duarte, only the ANC's top six and President Jacob Zuma had a copy of the report. Therefore, he felt "betrayed" when soon afterwards it was leaked to Mabuza.

Phosa finished testifying on Friday just before lunch. The legal teams must agree on a date for arguments to be heard.

Read more on:    anc  |  david mabuza  |  mathews phosa  |  jessie duarte  |  mbombela

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