EFF threat­ens to re­port Gup­tas

The Star Early Edition - - NEWS - SIYABONGA MKHWANAZI

THE EFF has threat­ened to re­port the Gup­tas and top gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials to the In­spec­tor-Gen­eral of In­tel­li­gence, Setl­hamor­ago Din­twe, af­ter it said its leader Julius Malema was al­legedly spied on by the fam­ily.

This fol­lowed week­end re­ports that Malema and ex­ec­u­tives of the banks were spied on by the Gup­tas over the past three years.

EFF spokesper­son Mbuyiseni Nd­lozi said yes­ter­day the Gup­tas wouldn’t have had per­sonal de­tails on Malema and his move­ments in­side and out­side the coun­try with­out the help of the State Se­cu­rity Agency (SSA) and Home Af­fairs.

He said the email leaks con­firmed what they had known all along.

“We will be tak­ing the ev­i­dence as found in the leaked emails to the in­spec­tor-gen­eral of in­tel­li­gence. We want to fur­ther warn the Gup­tas that we are not go­ing to sit by and al­low them the lever­age over our leader’s life.” He said the EFF did not think the Gup­tas would have had de­tailed in­for­ma­tion on Malema with­out the help of SSA and Home Af­fairs.

Depart­ment of State Se­cu­rity spokesper­son Brian Dube said it would be proper for Malema to lodge a com­plaint with the in­spec­tor-gen­eral of in­tel­li­gence.

“At this stage, the ap­pro­pri­ate thing is for the EFF to ap­proach the of­fice of the in­spec­tor-gen­eral. We will en­cour­age Malema to go there as the EFF has in­di­cated.”

Spokesper­son for the Depart­ment of Home Af­fairs David Hla­bane said the mat­ter would re­quire an in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

How­ever, it was not only the Depart­ment of Home Af­fairs that has per­sonal in­for­ma­tion of in­di­vid­u­als.

“This is not a mat­ter that can be con­cluded with­out an in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

It’s not only Home Af­fairs that will be privy to de­tails of peo­ple trav­el­ling in and out of the coun­try. If peo­ple travel, they travel through travel agents.”

He said that when it came to the tick­ets, Home Af­fairs would have de­tails on these.

Hla­bane said there were clear reg­u­la­tions and guide­lines that gov­ern the con­duct of Home Af­fairs of­fi­cials.

Home Af­fairs would not dis­close per­sonal in­for­ma­tion on in­di­vid­u­als to third par­ties, he said. He added that the in­ves­ti­ga­tion would help to get to the bottom of this.

Spokesper­son for the Gupta fam­ily Gary Naidoo did not re­spond by pub­li­ca­tion time.

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