Molefe Seeletsa
Digital Journalist
2 minute read
25 Jan 2021
6:54 pm

Zuma pocketed spy money, spent millions on positive media spin, Zondo hears

Molefe Seeletsa

Mufamadi made some shocking allegations regarding Zuma's alleged use of spy funds to not only enrich himself, but also pay off media to polish his image, and infiltrate the CR17 campaign.

Former president Jacob Zuma at the state capture commission. EFE-EPA/Kim Ludbrook/Pool

The chairperson of the Commission of Inquiry into State Capture, Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo returned to his post on Monday, 25 January, to hear damning allegations of how Jacob Zuma illegally benefitted from the country’s spy agency’s secret fund, and also used it to influence media houses to polish his image.

Zondo went into isolation two weeks ago on 15 January, after it became known that he had been in contact with a person who has tested positive for Covid-19.

On Monday he heard the evidence of former chairperson of the High-Level Review Panel into the State Security Agency (SSA) Dr. Sydney Mufamadi, who revealed that former president Jacob Zuma allegedly pocketed millions of Rands from the agency’s special operations unit between 2015 and 2017.

“With project commitment, we were told that the project involved providing then president Jacob Zuma with R2.5 million per month in the 2015/16 financial year. This amount was increased to R4.5 million per month in the 2016/17 financial year.

“The allegation there is that the money was provided via the then minister of state security David Mahlobo. The person who gave this information was saying they are certain the money was given to Mahlobo, but could not prove that Zuma received it,” Mufamadi said.

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Mufamadi also told the commission that a special operation – dubbed Project Wave – was launched in effort to infiltrate and influence influence local and international media to allegedly counter bad publicity for the country, Zuma and the SSA.

He said the project was launched in the 2015/16 financial year with a budget of R24 million.

“One of the largest amounts issued for this project was one of R20 million given to a media agency for services rendered for eight months,” he said.

Mufamadi further said another special operation dubbed ‘Project Justice’ had also been launched to bribe judges to counter any judgments against Zuma.

He also revealed that the SSA had operations to impede the distribution of then deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa’s CR17 campaign as well as infiltrate “Zuma Must Fall” leadership.

Watch the testimony below, courtesy of SABC:

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