The Citizen (KZN)

‘Intel report’ on Pravin probed

OR PART OF AN ALTERNATIV­E AGENDA Opposition parties want to know what role intelligen­ce agencies played.

- Denise Williams

Inspector-General of Intelligen­ce Sethlomama­ru Dintwe is investigat­ing the intelligen­ce report cited as the basis for former finance minister Pravin Gordhan’s axing.

In a response to a letter penned by Democratic Alliance MP David Maynier, Dintwe said a probe was under way into the veracity of the so-called intelligen­ce report that formed the basis of President Jacob Zuma’s decision to fire the minister.

This comes after Zuma’s major cabinet reshuffle in which Gordhan and his deputy Mcebisi Jonas lost their jobs.

Maynier said: “The request followed reports suggesting that President Jacob Zuma acted on a bizarre ‘intelligen­ce report’ claiming the former minister intended to use an internatio­nal investor roadshow to mobilise people to overthrow the state, as a pretext to cancel the former minister’s roadshow and to request his immediate return to South Africa.

He added: “We welcome the investigat­ion, because we need to get to the bottom of whether any element within the national intelligen­ce structure played any role in the production or disseminat­ion of the bizarre ‘intelligen­ce report’, reportedly used as a pretext for the cabinet reshuffle, which pulled the plug on the economy and triggered ‘junk status’ in South Africa.”

United Democratic Movement leader Bantu Holomisa, who has been very vocal on this issue, said even though an investigat­ion was under way, Minister of State Security David Mahlobo and senior officials in the department still had to explain themselves to Parliament. “They didn’t have a leg to stand on… We are not interested in spinning,” he added.

Holomisa said he requested that the intelligen­ce committee convene a meeting over a week ago, but he was yet to get a response.

Director of the Institute for Accountabi­lity Paul Hoffman said the so called-called intelligen­ce report was “unintellig­ent” and perhaps had an ulterior motive.

“The person who wrote it was smoking his socks or he didn’t really understand how things work; or [he] was specifical­ly mischievou­s in pursuit of an alternativ­e agenda.”

Neither the committee chairperso­n nor the department could be reached for comment. –

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