Publication: Mail and Guardian Issued: Date: 2003-09-14 Reporter: Sapa

Ngcuka is No Spy, Says Scorpions



Mail and Guardian

Date 2003-09-14



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The National Directorate of Public Prosecutions (NDPP) has proof that its director, Bulelani Ngcuka, is not an apartheid spy, it was reported by a Cape Town television station.

NDPP spokesperson Sipho Ngwema said that the spy, Agent RS452, is a white person from the Eastern Cape, who spied on the democratic movement in that province.

Ngcuka is suing the City Press and former transport minister Mac Maharaj over allegations that he had spied for the apartheid government and was Agent RS452.

City Press reported that the African National Congress (ANC) in exile investigated Ngcuka in the late 1980s to establish whether he was an apartheid spy.

In a South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) interview Maharaj -- who headed Operation Vula, the ANC plan to overthrow the apartheid government -- confirmed the allegation, saying he had seen the intelligence report himself.

Both Zuma and Maharaj have been investigated by the Scorpions -- the directorate of special operations which falls under Ngcuka.

Meanwhile, a newspaper reported on Sunday that the advocate leading the Scorpions' probe into Deputy President Jacob Zuma and Schabir Shaik underwent a "campaign of intimidation" during a crucial stage of the arms deal investigation.

The senior investigator, advocate Gerda Ferreira, was assigned bodyguards after she was harassed by "a person or persons unknown", according to affidavits submitted by the Scorpions to the Pretoria High Court.

Ferreira, who headed the probe into allegations of corruption and bribery against Zuma and Shaik was "subjected to intimidation and harassment, which we reasonably suspect to be linked to her involvement in the arms deal investigation", said Scorpions advocate Leonard McCarthy in the affidavit.

Her home was repeatedly "unlocked" and a man posing as a journalist got into her office.

Ferreira has since resigned from the Scorpions.

Ngcuka, the NDPP, and the Scorpions - all respondents in Zuma's application to obtain a fax allegedly implicating him in bribery -- are to appear in the Pretoria High Court on Monday where the battle will continue.

With acknowledgements to Sapa and the Mail and Guardian.