The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) has said it will file criminal charges former State Security minister David Mahlobo for his alleged involvement in funnelling the agency’s funds to former president Jacob Zuma.
This after Sydney Mufamadi, who chaired a high-level review panel looking into the State Security Agency (SSA), gave his testimony at the State Capture Inquiry on Monday, 25 January 2021, dropping a number of bombshells.
Mufamadi spoke of how Zuma had received millions of rands from the SSA and revealed that the agency had been captured by factions of the ANC. He told the commission about a project dubbed “Project Justice” – had been created with the sole purpose of influencing the outcomes of cases against Zuma through the recruitment of important “sources” in the judiciary.
“Information provided to the panel indicated that amounts of R1.2 million and R4.5 million were routinely given from SSA and provided to Mahlobo, who it is said was responsible for handling these sources. The panel was told that the project was necessitated by a perceived need to counter the influence of judges hostile to Zuma,” Mufamadi said.
Now the EFF also wants Mahlobo to face the music and to also be handcuffed.
“We also call on the immediate criminal prosecution of those who presided over Project Justice, including Deputy Minister David Mahlobo. This is a clear and classic case of the defeat of the ends of justice, and as such, all abovementioned individuals must be prosecuted and face the full might of the law,” he said.
EFF guns for so-called sources who helped capture SSA
The red berets also want those who those allegedly helped Zuma evade accountability from the justice system and capture the State Security Agency (SSA), to be unmasked and eventually be brought to book.
“We call on the immediate revelation of all those sources within the judiciary who were on the payroll or who handled this or any other SSA project. Surely, Justice Zondo understands the importance of an urgent revelation of these names so that they are all immediately suspended and taken through a due disciplinary and criminal process. Our judiciary must be independent. Moreover, our justice must never be for sale and available to the highest bidder,” the red berets said.
The EFF has said an independent judiciary is the cornerstone of a democratic society and that South Africans need to be assured that judges cannot be bought, particularly by state institutions.
“The buying of judges by the SSA is a violation of the constitution and the principle of separation of powers. As such, all who were bought or handled by the SSA within the judiciary ought to be named and shame”