SSA official informs State Capture Commission of millions …
In explosive testimony to the Zondo Commission on Friday, a senior State Security Agency official said she was involved in paying millions to former State Security Minister David Mahlobo and at the Umkhonto we Sizwe Military Veterans Association.
Hundreds of members of the Umkhonto we Sizwe Military Veterans Association (MKMVA) gathered in front of the ANC Luthuli House in September 2016 to confront ANC members protest against the leadership of former President Jacob Zuma. The MK veterans outnumbered the smaller group #OccupyLuthuliHouse and aggressively clashed with those calling on Zuma to step down.
State Security Agency (SSA) reportedly paid R85million in stipend, travel and accommodation for MKMVA members to confront Zuma opponents at Luthuli House, SSA member says who testified anonymously to the State Capture Commission on Friday.
Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo continued to hear SSA-related evidence on Friday after Inspector General of Intelligence Dr Setlhomamaru Dintwe, testified earlier in the week, on agents who withdrew large sums of money, under the guise of intelligence operations, which they stole from or used to fund inter-faction battles of the ANC.
“Dorothy,” a senior SSA official who testified anonymously on Friday, was asked about the R28.5 million in cash she withdrew from the SSA for operations between 2014 and 2016.
She claimed that in 2016, former SSA special operations chief Thulani Dlomo ordered her to withdraw R85 million and work with the ANC security chief to fund the presence of the SSA. MKMVA at Luthuli House in September of the same year.
Under its leader Kebby Maphatsoe, MKMVA was – and remains – a staunch supporter of Zuma.
Dlomo is alleged for being one of the architects behind efforts to use the SSA to create a shadow intelligence agency, which facilitated widespread looting, to support Zuma.
Dorothy also claimed that Dlomo ordered her to withdraw one million rand from the spy agency’s cash fund to pay MKMVA members to help them identify and report potential disruptive behavior by rally attendees. ANC statement on January 8 in Rustenburg in 2016. She said she was personally involved. by paying the allowances and expenses of MKMVA members.
Zondo asked, “Why was it decided to use MK veterans to address issues here, to identify and report potential disruptive behavior?” First, they would not be trained. Second, one might assume that the duty should lie with trained people, or even anyone. As members of the SSA, why was this given to MK veterans? “
Dorothy replied, “Mr. Thulani Dlomo would be the best person to answer this question. ”
Dorothy was due to travel to Cape Town in February 2017 for the State of the Nation address. She said ASS Director General Arthur Fraser called her to tell her that an agent would be in contact to give her a bag containing R 1.5 million in cash to deliver to the official residence of David Mahlobo, Minister of State Security at the time.
Fraser and Dlomo have yet to appear before the commission and it is unclear whether they should testify before Zondo completes the public hearings. Fraser’s and Dlomo’s legal teams, however, have raised disputes over the evidence involving them.
She said she received the bag and personally delivered it to Mahlobo at his official residence in Cape Town. Dorothy couldn’t remember if she had checked to see if the bag actually contained 1.5 million Rand in cash, but she assumed it did.
Mahlobo is alleged have signed receipts for approximately R80 million in cash from the SSA between 2015 and 2017. He refuse he personally received payments or authorized projects.
During his testimony, Dintwe explained how SSA officials and agents often signed to withdraw large amounts of money, which was then handed over to other officials, with the original signer often having no idea of the rationale. of taking the money nor of what it was for. used.
Dorothy admitted to approving cash payments to an older SSA member, whom the commission calls “Darryl,” for R13.5 million to pay for expenses on the Mayibuye project between April and August 2016. The Mayibuye project was one of the many allegedly fraudulent operations set up by the SSA to finance Zuma and his allies.
Dorothy signed Darryl’s claims knowing only that the funds were for the Mayibuye Project, not knowing how they were being used.
“In the environment I worked in, we worked on a need-to-know basis. As long as there is an approved bid for the project, I wouldn’t wonder what the money is for because it was not for me to know, ”she said.
The commission heard allegations that SSA funds supposed to find their way to Zuma have increased from Rand 2.5 million in 2015/16 to Rand 4.5 million in 2016/17. Dorothy suggested that Mahlobo was receiving 4.5 million rand per month by the end of 2016.
It approved several requests for the release of funds amounting to Rand 4.51 million related to the Mayibuye project during the last months of 2016.
“I didn’t know where, who or what this money was going for,” Dorothy said.
In December 2016, she said she took 4.51 million rand to Mahlobo’s official residence.
“This is one of the cases where I brought the 4.51 million Rand in cash to Minister Mahlobo at his residence,” Dorothy said.
She said Darryl had been appointed to a post of deputy general manager at SSA and “he informed me that I had to take over the money because he was doing it before me.”
Dorothy said Mahlobo met her at her official residence and accepted the money personally. They counted it in his office before putting it back in the bag.
Dorothy’s testimony continues. She is one of four SSA members who are expected to testify at the commission on Friday. Zondo ordered that the identities of the four witnesses not be revealed. DM