It’s Phosa vs Ven­ter for round 150 in Mabuza ‘spy’ saga

Politi­cian’s for­mer but­ler to ‘re­veal all’ about a re­port Phosa ‘con­cocted’ ac­cus­ing the premier of be­ing a spy

CityPress - - News - SIZWE SAMA YENDE sizwe.yende@city­press.co.za

For­mer ANC trea­surer-gen­eral Mathews Phosa’s but­ler has ac­cused his for­mer boss of dup­ing him about with­draw­ing all the charges Phosa had laid against him af­ter they sup­pos­edly kissed and made up.

Jan Ven­ter told City Press this week that Phosa had failed to with­draw a per­jury and crim­i­nal defama­tion charge laid against him at the White River Po­lice Sta­tion last March. Phosa laid this charge to counter Ven­ter’s af­fi­davit claim­ing that he saw Phosa and his as­so­ciate, Nick El­liot, con­coct­ing a re­port that ac­cused Mpumalanga Premier David Mabuza of once be­ing an apartheid spy.

Ven­ter said he was not both­ered by Phosa’s “dis­hon­esty”, and would re­veal all he knew in court.

Ven­ter has been flip-flop­ping be­tween Phosa and Mabuza, al­ter­nately back­ing Phosa and then Mabuza.

Mpumalanga po­lice spokesper­son Bri­gadier Selvy Mohlala con­firmed that the case had not been with­drawn and was as­signed to Gaut­eng po­lice to in­ves­ti­gate.

“He fooled me about this case,” said Ven­ter. “But he’s shoot­ing him­self in the foot and we are go­ing to have a field day in court be­cause I will re­veal ev­ery­thing.”

Phosa was re­luc­tant to com­ment on the saga this week, say­ing the story had “rusted”.

Last week, he said he would re­open all the other charges he had pre­vi­ously laid against Ven­ter, in­clud­ing a theft charge and a civil claim of R53 500.

The men rec­on­ciled late last year when Ven­ter claimed Mabuza had used him to lie about Phosa and pro­duced proof show­ing that Mabuza’s lawyer, Ian Small-Smith, had paid him R15 000 to do so. Small-Smith de­nied the pay­ments were bribes, say­ing they were in­stead sup­posed to help Ven­ter to buy food and nap­pies for his ba­bies.

City Press un­der­stands that part of the agree­ment was that Ven­ter would tes­tify for Phosa in a R10 mil­lion defama­tion civil claim Mabuza in­sti­tuted, and Phosa would with­draw all the crim­i­nal and civil charges he had laid against Ven­ter. The defama­tion case is set down for May 9 in the North Gaut­eng High Court.

The drama started when Ven­ter gave a state­ment to po­lice in March, al­leg­ing that he saw Phosa and El­liot draft­ing a re­port de­tail­ing how Mabuza had sup­pos­edly worked as a spy for the apartheid govern­ment. Phosa for­warded that re­port to ANC deputy sec­re­tary-gen­eral Jessie Duarte in Septem­ber 2014.

Though Phosa and Ven­ter rec­on­ciled, their bat­tle re­sumed two weeks ago when Ven­ter’s mother, Vernie, told City Press that Phosa broke his prom­ise to give her son a job and take care of the fam­ily.

Phosa said Ven­ter and his mother had de­manded money from him and that Vernie was a “mas­ter black­mailer”.

Mabuza this week said he did not know Ven­ter and de­nied that Small-Smith was his lawyer.

“I also don’t know the source of the spy re­port. I re­ceived a doc­u­ment from [Duarte], who said Phosa sent the doc­u­ment to her,” said Mabuza.

RUSTED Mathews Phosa

DRAMA Jan Ven­ter

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