De Lille Dismisses "Agent" Story as a Plant
State security agencies are investigating a man
who posed as President Thabo Mbeki's secret agent and fed him
"malicious" information, but Pan Africanist Congress MP Patricia de
Lille says the government "planted" the story.
Presidential spokesperson Bheki Khumalo on Monday
confirmed that details in a Sunday newspaper were correct about a man who used
the name of Bheki Jacobs, and who allegedly was connected with several
documents, including those alleging corruption in the R43-billion arms
Some of the documents were handed to De Lille and
Judge Willem Heath, the former corruption-buster.
Khumalo said Jacobs traded in
"malicious" information and that he was never an agent for Mbeki. But
he confirmed that some of his reports were sent to the president's office.
I will protect my sources with my life'
"Bheki Jacobs is not, and has never been, an
agent of the president. The president has never requested any individual outside
state structures to do any formal work for him," said Khumalo.
De Lille said her sources had told her that the
government had planted the story. She was sceptical of that article.
She said she did not see the relevance of
revealing her sources, which she would protect with her life.
Revelations about Jacobs would not take away the
standing committee on public accounts report and the auditor-general's report on
the arms deal, she added.
De Lille said she had heard of Jacobs, but had
never had any dealings with him.
He uses several names, but claims that his real
name is Uranian Solomons.
Intelligence ministry spokesperson Helmut
Schlenter said on Monday he could not comment on the story.
Jacobs, who apparently uses several names but
claims his real name is Uranian Solomons and says he is a consultant of the
Africa Institute for Southern Africa, has styled himself as a secret agent
reporting directly to Mbeki.
Jacobs runs Congress Consultants, whose profile
says it delivers services which include investigations, political, security and
threat analyses, and demobilisation of former combatants. - Own Correspondent
With acknowledgement to Charles Phahlane and Independent Online.