Ramaphosa hunts hackers

2017-10-01 06:00
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Presidential hopeful Cyril Ramaphosa wants those who hacked his email account to be found and prosecuted, after his private correspondence was used to portray him as a “blesser” of several young women.

Ramaphosa laid criminals charges at the Garsfontein Police Station on Thursday. He alleges his personal emails were illegally intercepted.

“He wants action taken against whoever accessed the emails and said he was confident that we [the police] will get to the bottom of it,” said a source within the police service, who is privy to the details of the docket.

“There are two people who are mentioned in the docket and who will obviously be questioned about how they obtained the emails.”

The deputy president also asked police to investigate how his emails came to be in the Sunday Independent’s possession and on controversial businessman Kenny Kunene’s website, Weekly Xposé.

In questions the Sunday Independent newspaper sent Ramaphosa‚ and which were leaked and circulated via WhatsApp early last month‚ it was implied that
he was paying the young women’s tuition fees, accommodation and other expenses, allegedly in return for sexual favours.

The allegations were based on emails from Ramaphosa’s private Gmail accounts. He did not deny that the accounts
were his.

However, Ramaphosa denied the allegations, but admitted to having once cheated on his wife.

The story was anchored on the premise that his presidential campaign was about moral leadership and that he was not practising what he preached.

City Press can reveal that docket, case number 387/09/2017, was transferred to the Hawks.

“We confirm that the case was opened and the acting head of the Hawks, Lieutenant-General Yolisa Matakata, will soon appoint an investigator to handle the case,” spokesperson Brigadier Hangwani Mulaudzi said.

They are investigating a charge of intentionally accessing/intercepting data without authority.

City Press learnt that, immediately after Ramaphosa opened the case, station commander Lieutenant Colonel Kervin Solomon informed Gauteng provincial commissioner Lieutenant General Deliwe Suzan de Lange.

De Lange escalated the matter to acting national police commissioner Lesetja Mothiba, who informed Police Minister Fikile Mbalula.

Ramaphosa’s spokesperson, Tyrone Seale, said: “The deputy president trusts that the matter will be investigated and that the law will take its course.”

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