Mabuza ‘feels vindicated’

He lost the defamation case but says is happy that the intelligence report’s author is still not revealed.


Mpumalanga Premier David Mabuza feels vindicated by the Friday high court judgement, his spokesman said.

“He feels vindicated that the content of the so-called spy dossier are not only false but a failed political smear campaign,” Zibonele Mncwango said in a statement.

The Tshwane high court dismissed Mabuza’s defamation case against former ANC national treasurer Mathews Phosa on Friday.

Mabuza took Phosa to court following the revelation of an alleged spy-dossier in 2015 alleging the Premier was a spy during apartheid.

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The document alleges that Mabuza operating under code name PN485 served to inform apartheid officials about the movement of senior leaders like President Jacob Zuma and basic education minister Angie Motshega from 1985 to 1993.



Mabuza refuted this, saying it was a political campaign aimed at toppling him as a leader of the ANC in the Mpumalanga province and Premier.

He alleged Phosa was one of the authors of the document in his drive to take him out of power and approached the court, suing him R10 million for defamation of character.

The Tshwane high court dismissed the case.

“The so-called spy dossier has no owner or author and remains just a smear campaign document produced by faceless authors for their smear campaign agendas,” Mncwango said.

(edited by MLM)

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