Former president Jacob Zuma was a beneficiary of hundreds of thousands of rand from the State Security Agency’s (SSA’s) particular operations unit between 2015 and 2017.
This is in accordance with Sydney Mufamadi, the previous chairperson of the high-level panel into SSA which was established by President Cyril Ramaphosa in 2018. According to Mufamadi, an agent of SSA testified to the panel that Special Ops had a project referred to as “Project Commitment” — a project, he mentioned, that was meant for the monetary maintenance of Zuma, to the tune of hundreds of thousands of rand.
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The operation, Mufamadi went on, concerned money funds of R2.5m a month within the 2015/16 monetary year, “via” former state safety minister David Mahlobo, for the advantage of Zuma. However, there was no proof that the funds certainly reached Zuma, because the agent who testified by no means witnessed this taking place.
“We were told that the project involved providing then-president Zuma with R2.5m per month in the 2015/16 financial year. And this amount was increased to R4.5m in the 2016/17 financial year,” testified Mufamadi.
“Apparently this money was provided via then-minister Mahlobo. The person was certain that the money was given to minister Mahlobo, but was not sure if it was received by president Zuma. He understood that to be the final destination, without claiming to be the witness. They did not tell us what happened to the money. We have no basis to say it was given to former president Zuma or it was not,” he added.
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The controversial SSA Special Ops, which was headed by Thulani Dlomo, mentioned Mufamadi, additionally ran one other project for Zuma’s profit. Named “Project Justice”, its intention was to recruit and deal with “sources” inside the judiciary to look out for Zuma’s pursuits. The project got here into being after an evaluation that there was hostility towards Zuma inside the judiciary, he mentioned.
Said Mufamadi: “This project involved recruiting and handling sources in the judiciary and R1.2m and R4.5m was routinely given to minister Mahlobo, who was responsible for the handling of these sources.”
He mentioned the panel, nevertheless, was not sure if this project got here into being — however mentioned it was “conceived” and monies have been allotted to it. “The independence of the judiciary … you forget about it if this project was implemented,” mentioned Mufamadi.