The leader of the ANC in the Mpumalanga province still has to pay R3 million in legal cost incurred during a lost case.
Ex-ANC treasurer Mathews Phosa has called on Premier David Mabuza to be investigated for a so-called report claiming the ANC provincial leader was a spy during Apartheid.
The report was delivered at Phosa’s house in 2014 and claimed Mabuza worked with Apartheid officials, informing them about the secret activities of ANC anti-Apartheid leaders.
“The report is crying out for investigation,” Phosa told the Citizen newspaper last Wednesday.
“We need to know is this the ‘DD’ who was involved in the killing of our people named in the report,” Phosa said.
On Friday 5 May 2017 the Tshwane high court dismissed Mabuza’s defamation case against Phosa with costs.
When the report claiming Mabuza used to be an Apartheid informant between 1985 and 1993 was delivered at Phosa’s house by an unknown man, Phosa took it to deputy national secretary Jessie Duarte.
Mabuza questioned why such a report got into Phosa’s hands, a man who wants to topple him as ANC leader in Mpumalanga. He approached the Tshwane high court, suing Phosa R10 million for defamation of character and accusing him of being the one who drafted the report.
Reacting shortly after Judge Bill Prinsloo dismissed his case, Mabuza, through his spokesman Zibonele Mncwango, said he felt vindicated as the author of the document was still unknown, adding that the document was not “only false but a failed political smear campaign”.
Phosa told the Citizen: “The report is crying out for investigation. The case in court was not about the ‘Spy Report’, it was about the allegations that Mabuza and one [Jan] Venter made that I wrote the report, for which they sued me for R10 million and they didn’t know what they were doing [when they were suing me]”.
(edited by ZK)
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