NIA Tracks Man Posing as Mbeki's Secret Agent
An independent consultant to the Africa Institute
of South Africa has apparently been posing as a secret agent for President Thabo
Mbeki since 1996, according to a report in the Sunday Times newspaper.
The National Intelligence Agency had apparently
instructed presidential staff to keep away from the man, who goes by the name of
Bheki Jacobs, whom they believe to be the author of several documents alleging
corruption in the controversial R43,8-billion arms deal.
Presidential spokesperson Bheki Khumalo said on
Sunday the matter was being handled by the state's security agencies.
"Bheki Jacobs has never been and is not an
agent of the President."
The presidency wanted to dissociate itself from
Jacobs and did not want anything to do with the man, he said.
The report said some of the documents on the arms
deal had been passed on to Pan Africanist Congress MP Patricia de Lille and the
head of the Special Investigating Unit, Judge Willem Heath.
It said Jacobs had been supplying documents to
officials in Mbeki's office, claiming he secretly worked for the president.
Other documents apparently sent to the presidency
included a report that mining giants Anglo American and De Beers had teamed up
with Johnnic chairman Cyril Ramaphosa and certain Cabinet ministers in a plot to
overthrow Mbeki; and a Western Cape ANC alliance plot against the president. -
With acknowledgement to Sapa and Independent Online.