Spy games SA

Edward Zuma’s busi­ness part­ner, Yusuf Ka­jee, claims sul­try spy Belinda Wal­ter set him up. Is she SA’S Mata Hari?

CityPress - - News - JAC­QUES PAUW in­ves­ti­ga­tions@me­dia24.com

She had her own le­gal prac­tice, her boyfriend was an in­flu­en­tial civil ser­vant and her clients were ex­trav­a­gant, loaded and in trou­ble. But be­neath Belinda Wal­ter’s glitzy life lurked the Mata Hari of the cloak-and-dag­ger world of spy­ing; a women who al­legedly used her sex­ual prowess to in­fil­trate, watch, record and dis­credit her tar­gets.

This is the pic­ture that emerged this week of Wal­ter as City Press ob­tained more ev­i­dence and in­for­ma­tion about her ex­ploits as an “eco­nomic in­tel­li­gence” agent of the Spe­cial Op­er­a­tions Unit (SOU) of the State Se­cu­rity Agency (SSA).

City Press re­ported last week that Wal­ter – SSA agent num­ber 5332 – was among the rogue agents who plot­ted to dis­credit top state officials, ob­struct in­ves­ti­ga­tions into or­gan­ised crime and smug­gle con­tra­band cig­a­rettes.

State Se­cu­rity Min­is­ter David Mahlobo said this week he had asked In­spec­tor-Gen­eral of In­tel­li­gence Faith Radebe to con­duct an in­quiry into the SSA’s rogue spy ring.

Wal­ter said City Press’ re­port­ing on her re­la­tion­ship with the state and her love af­fair with SA Rev­enue Ser­vice (Sars) ex­ec­u­tive Jo­han van Loggen­berg were “ridicu­lous, vul­gar and defam­a­tory”.

She de­nied be­ing a mem­ber of the rogue unit – de­spite nu­mer­ous text mes­sages show­ing her plot­ting with SSA agents to dis­credit Van Loggen­berg, and her com­plic­ity in a project to trade in con­tra­band cig­a­rettes.

She ad­mit­ted in a com­plaint against Van Loggen­berg to Sars that she was an SSA agent and “wore a record­ing de­vice for the state” when she met him in Septem­ber. This week, Wal­ter again re­fused to say who she spied for if it wasn’t the SSA.

She also lashed out at Van Loggen­berg, Sars’ group ex­ec­u­tive of in­ves­ti­ga­tions, la­belling him as men­tally ill, im­po­tent, a phi­lan­der­ing liar and a phys­i­cally abu­sive, ex­ces­sive drinker.

Van Loggen­berg de­clined to com­ment, but said he was pre­par­ing to tes­tify be­fore the in­spec­tor-gen­eral. He has asked Sars act­ing com­mis­sioner Ivan Pil­lay for spe­cial leave to deal with the ac­cu­sa­tions against him.

He has hun­dreds of text mes­sages, emails and other doc­u­ments de­tail­ing his re­la­tion­ship with Wal­ter, which he be­lieves will show she in­fil­trated him, for the SSA, to dis­credit him.

Dur­ing their seven-month af­fair, Van Loggen­berg dis­cov­ered not just that Wal­ter was a spy, but that she rep­re­sented some of the al­leged to­bacco smugglers Sars was in­ves­ti­gat­ing for fraud, money laun­der­ing and tax eva­sion.

But Wal­ter claims she has “over 600 pages of What­sApp mes­sages and nu­mer­ous other ex­changes, com­mu­ni­ca­tions and notes” to prove Van Loggen­berg’s dirty cam­paign against her. She said she also gave her de­vices to the Hawks “for in­de­pen­dent and cred­i­ble se­cur­ing of all data” and she laid a crim­i­nal com­plaint against him.

Hawks spokesper­son Cap­tain Paul Ra­maloko said the unit were “look­ing into” Wal­ter’s al­le­ga­tions.

Wal­ter ap­peared be­fore a Sars panel last month but re­fused to de­pose an af­fi­davit and did not sub­mit any ev­i­dence against Van Loggen­berg. Sars said last week Wal­ter’s lawyer told them she was with­draw­ing the com­plaint.

But this week, Wal­ter said she had not with­drawn it and planned to sue the rev­enue col­lec­tor, Van Loggen­berg and City Press for defama­tion. Wal­ter also al­luded to the fact that Van Loggen­berg is an apartheid spy and that he was not us­ing his real sur­name, Van Log­geren­berg.

In her com­plaint to Sars, Wal­ter said that af­ter meet­ing Van Loggen­berg, dur­ing which time she wore a record­ing de­vice, she “play­fully sug­gested a date” which he ac­cepted. She then re­ported “the in­ter­ac­tion” to an al­leged to­bacco smug­gler, un­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion by Sars for tax eva­sion, “as I was par­tic­u­larly close to him”.

Two in­de­pen­dent sources told City Press this week that Wal­ter had an af­fair with the al­leged smug­gler, whose name is known to City Press, which she in­fil­trated for the SSA.

Two of Wal­ter’s for­mer clients lam­basted her for un­eth­i­cal be­hav­iour. One wanted to re­main anony­mous while the other was pre­pared to go on the record.

Yusuf Ka­jee – a busi­ness part­ner of Pres­i­dent Ja­cob Zuma’s el­dest son Edward and a direc­tor of Amal­ga­mated To­bacco Man­u­fac­tur­ing (ATM) – said: “Belinda has taken what God Almighty has given woman as a virtue and used it to ex­ploit men for per­sonal gain.”

Ka­jee, who is also at odds with Van Loggen­berg over R7 mil­lion in un­paid taxes, which he dis­putes, said Wal­ter rep­re­sented him and other smaller cig­a­rette man­u­fac­tur­ers at the Fair-Trade In­de­pen­dent To­bacco As­so­ci­a­tion (Fita). Wal­ter was Fita’s chair­per­son and the or­gan­i­sa­tion was es­tab­lished to bar­gain a more eq­ui­table mar­ket for smaller man­u­fac­tur­ers.

But Wal­ter admits in her Sars com­plaint that Fita was set up “in con­junc­tion with a cer­tain state de­part­ment”, which her text mes­sages show was the SSA.

These mes­sages emerged af­ter Wal­ter gave Van Loggen­berg three old cell­phones and asked him to help her re­trieve mes­sages she wanted to keep. Van Loggen­berg’s friend ex­tracted them and put them on a flash drive.

But af­ter she com­plained to Sars about him, Van Loggen­berg asked his friend for a copy of the mes­sages.

The mes­sages re­veal Wal­ter’s al­leged af­fairs with two SSA han­dlers and a num­ber of men she was spy­ing on. Among the mes­sages were naked self­ies she had sent them.

City Press un­der­stands Van Loggen­berg plans to sub­mit the mes­sages to the in­spec­tor-gen­eral of in­tel­li­gence.

Wal­ter al­legedly had af­fairs with oth­ers in­clud­ing clients and di­rec­tors of in­de­pen­dent to­bacco com­pa­nies she was both rep­re­sent­ing and spy­ing on.

Ka­jee said Wal­ter spoke openly about her re­la­tion­ship with another “top to­bacco man”, whose name is known to City Press, who was pre­pared to leave his wife for her.

Ka­jee and another in­de­pen­dent source close to the to­bacco in­dus­try said Wal­ter had af­fairs with at least two ex­ec­u­tives at a large to­bacco man­u­fac­turer.

“She ex­plained in de­tail about how she in­tends in­fil­trat­ing Van Loggen­berg,” said Ka­jee. “She showed us her cor­re­spon­dence with Jo­han on What­sApp. I be­lieve he fell in love with her not re­al­is­ing she had ul­te­rior mo­tives.

“She said they wanted Van Loggen­berg’s hands tainted and him re­moved from Sars,” said Ka­jee.

When she was an SSA agent, Wal­ter acted as at­tor­ney for smaller to­bacco com­pa­nies while on the pay­roll of to­bacco gi­ant Bri­tish Amer­i­can To­bacco, from which she re­ceived R450 000 in cash in Lon­don last year. It is un­clear for whom she spied and what in­for­ma­tion she sold to whom.

LIKE A SORE THUMB Sars group ex­ec­u­tive Jo­han van Loggen­berg among Zam­bian chil­dren at a char­ity event. He is a direc­tor of an ed­u­ca­tion char­ity that, among other things, runs an or­phan­age and gives shoes to un­der­priv­i­leged chil­dren

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