Jeremy Vearey, ex-MK cadre and bodyguard to Nelson Mandela, is a former police major-general and deputy provincial commissioner of the Western Cape SAPS. His book "Into Dark Water" presents a wide-angle portrait of policing, politics and criminality in the Western Cape. In the extract below, Vearey details his involvement in Vytjie Mentor's statement, and the establishment of a secret unit to sabotage State Capture investigations.
On 17 May 2016, Acting National Commissioner Khomotso Phahlane ordered that a statement I had received from the former ANC MP Vytjie Mentor be given to Lieutenant General Berning Ntlemeza, the head of the serious crimes unit, the Hawks. He did so on speaker phone in the presence of Provincial Commissioner Jula and Lieutenant General Kruser.
I informed Mentor that the investigation lay in the hands of the Hawks. A few weeks later she called me and said that the Hawks denied that they had the statement and wanted her to submit another.