How spy unit nailed Md­luli ‘foes’

Rogue agents made up smear cam­paign that tar­geted Breytenbach and Dra­mat

CityPress - - News - JAC­QUES PAUW jac­ques.pauw@city­press.co.za

Rogue agents in the State Se­cu­rity Agency (SSA) were in­stru­men­tal in hound­ing pros­e­cu­tor Glyn­nis Breytenbach out of the Na­tional Pros­e­cut­ing Au­thor­ity (NPA).

Ac­cord­ing to a record­ing in the pos­ses­sion of City Press, mem­bers of the Spe­cial Op­er­a­tions Unit (SOU) con­cocted a story that Breytenbach was a for­mer agent of Is­raeli in­tel­li­gence agency Mos­sad. They then leaked the in­for­ma­tion to the me­dia to dis­credit her. The in­for­ma­tion was re­peated by her NPA bosses when mo­ti­vat­ing why she should be charged with cor­rup­tion.

Breytenbach, who at the time was in­sist­ing on pros­e­cut­ing sus­pended crime in­tel­li­gence boss Lieu­tenant Gen­eral Richard Md­luli for fraud and cor­rup­tion, left the NPA in May af­ter she was elected as a DA MP.

The SOU agents’ dis­in­for­ma­tion cam­paign al­leged that Breytenbach framed Md­luli for fraud be­cause the crime in­tel­li­gence boss had “ev­i­dence” of her Mos­sad ac­tiv­i­ties and was on the verge of bust­ing the pros­e­cu­tor.

Md­luli has been on sus­pen­sion for more than two years af­ter a Hawks in­ves­ti­ga­tion found he and his col­leagues had looted the unit’s se­cret fund. (See page 2)

This in­for­ma­tion is con­tained in recorded con­ver­sa­tions of a se­nior “con­tract agent” of the SOU. The record­ing of SOU agent Ge­orge Dar­manovich (54), try­ing to re­cruit an in­for­mant for the unit, is gen­uine and has been le­gally ob­tained by this news­pa­per.

“They framed him [Md­luli]. They made him out to be cor­rupt,” says Dar­manovich.

The Ser­bian im­mi­grant is a “con­tract agent” for the coun­ter­in­tel­li­gence unit at the SOU, gets a monthly salary, pro­duc­tion bonuses and op­er­a­tional money. He claims to re­port di­rectly to SSA deputy direc­tor-gen­eral Thu­lani Dlomo.

City Press jour­nal­ists have also had sev­eral deal­ings with Dar­manovich (whose real name is Gorgija Gorg). He has at least seven cell­phones and re­ceived 11 gun li­cences in 2011 on the strength of his SOU work.

Dar­manovich likes to flaunt a pho­to­graph of him­self with Pres­i­dent Ja­cob Zuma on his cell­phone and claims to meet the pres­i­dent reg­u­larly. It has not been es­tab­lished if the pho­to­graph is gen­uine.

In the recorded con­ver­sa­tion, Dar­manovich said of Breytenbach: “You see, we have her for trea­son. She has taken money from for­eign in­tel­li­gence. Richard Md­luli was on to all these peo­ple and they then made him out to be cor­rupt. So they framed him.”

In the smear cam­paign, Dar­manovich leaked dock­ets to the me­dia pur­port­ing to prove that Breytenbach was “on the take” and so had re­fused to pros­e­cute high-pro­file fraud­sters.

Among the doc­u­ments that Dar­manovich leaked were the cases of Ponzi mas­ter­mind Barry Tan­nen­baum, as well as fraud­sters and col­lud­ers in the con­struc­tion sec­tor.

In the record­ing, Dar­manovich claims he meets Md­luli from time to time and there is a plan to give the gen­eral back his po­si­tion.

In the process, some mem­bers of the SOU have con­spired to also dis­credit other Md­luli “en­e­mies” like Hawks’ head Lieu­tenant Gen­eral Anwa Dra­mat and for­mer crime in­tel­li­gence act­ing head Ma­jor Gen­eral Mark Hankel.

The two earned Md­luli’s ire when they re­fused to back down on mur­der, kid­nap­ping, as­sault, fraud and cor­rup­tion cases against him.

Dar­manovich leaked an en­tire po­lice docket (it would have been il­le­gal for him to have it in his pos­ses­sion) about the al­leged com­plic­ity of Dra­mat in per­lemoen poach­ing. The claim was in­ves­ti­gated and Dra­mat was cleared.

Hankel, who acted briefly in Md­luli’s po­si­tion af­ter the lat­ter’s sus­pen­sion, drew up a re­port for the in­spec­tor gen­eral of in­tel­li­gence on the loot­ing al­le­ga­tions against the crime in­tel­li­gence boss and other crime in­tel­li­gence of­fi­cers.

Dar­manovich leaked an af­fi­davit that shows how Hankel and other po­lice in­ves­ti­ga­tors were in­volved in set­ting up the Bo­eremag and also se­cretly lis­tened to con­ver­sa­tions be­tween them and their lawyers. When Dar­manovich re­ferred to Hankel, he said he and a crime in­tel­li­gence bri­gadier were re­spon­si­ble for “80% of crime in this coun­try”. Dar­manovich claimed he was close to for­mer Na­tional In­tel­li­gence Agency head Gib­son Njenje, who he claims has a plan to re­turn as head of the SSA. In the record­ing where Dar­manovich tried to re­cruit an in­for­mant, he in­tro­duced him­self as Boris Kay. With him was a man he in­tro­duced as “Bar­ney from the NPA”.

Dar­monovich promised the in­for­mant a Sec­tion 252A of the Crim­i­nal Pro­ce­dures Act grant­ing him in­dem­nity from prose­cu­tion.

“You can then do any­thing. God for­bid, but you can then com­mit a mur­der, but then you are cov­ered,” Dar­manovich told the in­for­mant.

Dar­manovich said this week he was “shocked” about the al­le­ga­tions against him, but would com­ment prop­erly in due course.

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