Publication: Sunday Times Issued: Date: 2011-03-13 Reporter: Mzilikazi wa Afrika Reporter: Stephan Hofstatter

Sleuth's Cele files 'deleted by hacker'



Sunday Times

Date 2011-03-13
Reporter Mzilikazi wa Afrika
Stephan Hofstatter
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An investigator who led the probe into the police's R500-million rent deal with Roux Shabangu has allegedly had his laptop hacked and files relating to the case destroyed.
Advocate Stoffel Fourie claims that the hard drive on his laptop was tampered with late last year.

Fourie led the public protector and Special Investigating Unit team that investigated national police commissioner General Bheki Cele's role in the deal to rent office space in Pretoria's CBD.

The latest revelation follows a surprise police raid on the public protector's office last week in which files and documents were seized.

Public protector Thuli Madonsela's spokesman, Kgalalelo Masibi, confirmed that Fourie's computer had allegedly been hacked into.

"Files were deleted from Fourie's hard drive. It was understood that his laptop was infected by a virus," said Masibi.

A computer expert told the Sunday Times it was highly improbable that a random virus would delete only certain files. "It sounds like he was targeted," he said.

Fourie is also leading the team investigating a R700-million rental deal in Durban that also involves Cele and Shabangu.

Two crime intelligence officers, Colonel JB Maluleka and Captain Zandi Nkutha, who raided the public protector's office last Wednesday, have been suspended.

The raid came three days after the Sunday Times published a report proving that Cele authorised funding for the lease.

In a memo seen by the Sunday Times, the police commissioner authorised funding for the lease - six weeks before the Department of Public Works had even been approached to find office space.

Last week, the Minister of Safety and Security, Nathi Mthethwa, called the raid "unacceptable" and ordered an investigation.

But the man who allegedly ordered the raid, Colonel Faan Heine of counter-intelligence, is still at work.

When confronted this week, Heine refused to say whether he had ordered the raid.

"I've got no comment on that," he said before slamming down the phone.

The public protector has written to Cele "seeking clarity" on the raid, which was condemned by all political parties, including the ANC.

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With acknowledgements to Mzilikazi wa Afrika, Stephan Hofstatter and Sunday Times.

Selfsame Advocate Stoffel Fourie led the Public Protector's investigation into the Arms Deal and was one of two chief author's of the Arms Deal Joint Investigation Report a;long with PWC's Advocate Lionel van Tonder which effectively whitewashed the Arms Deal despite the clearest of evidence of wrongdoing and even criminality.

Advocate Stoffel Fourie replaced Advocate Dave Scrooby, a ex South African Air Force lieutenant-colonel who until he showed his independence was leading the Public Protector's investigation into the Arms Deal.

Advocate Stoffel Fourie has since done the Public Protector very proud in a number of investigations exonerating the government.

Advocate Lionel van Tonder was a hired gun from PWC for the Auditor-General and simply did the latter's bidding with the Sword of Damocles hanging over PWC's billion rand plus per annum audit fee income from the Office of the Auditor-General.

Simply put Fourie and van Tonder aided and abetted the Auditor-General and the Public Protector pull off the biggest stunt ever managed in the history of jurisprudence in this country, the cover-up of the Arms Deal.

They sat there in parliament before assortments of MPs and committees and bare-faced assisted their principles in lying directly to Parliament, which is a criminal offence.

But things are not always what they might seem to be, viz. Advocate Leonard McCarthy assistance to the chiefs of racketeerers getting off scott-free from their Arms Deal charges.

Singing golly woggy boodle all the way.