Spy report ‘rubbish’ – Mkhize
KwaZulu-Natal Premier Zweli Mkhize will ask police minister Nathi Mthethwa to investigate and lay charges against the person responsible for the leaked police intelligence report accusing him of corruption and plotting against President Jacob Zuma.
The ANC KwaZulu-Natal chairman is also seeking legal advice about civil action against the report’s authors and anyone involved in punting the allegations, which he has dismissed as “lies” and “utter rubbish”.
The report was leaked to different media houses last week.
Its release coincided with the arrest of crime intelligence head Richard Mdluli on murder charges and is apparently linked to the breakdown in relations between him and General Bheki Cele.
Mdluli declassified the report and allegedly gave a copy to Zuma.
It claims that Mkhize, human settlements minister Tokyo Sexwale and justice minister Jeff Radebe, among others, are part of a so-called “Mvela Group” which met last year to plot how to oust Zuma as ANC president at the party’s next conference in 2012.
In an exclusive interview with City Press yesterday, Mkhize, one of Zuma’s staunchest backers , dismissed both the plot and the corruption allegations. Earlier in the day both attended Judge Qedusizi Msimang’s funeral.
“I was taken aback when I became aware of this report in the media. The allegations it contains are totally untrue. There is no group that I am part of or that is sitting there and making plots to get rid of the president and change things,” Mkhize said.
He said that the claims of poor relations between him, the other ANC leaders named and Zuma had “no basis whatsover in truth”.
“There is no problem in our relations. The amount of confidence we have in President Zuma has not changed from the time we were campaigning to put him in office,” Mkhize said.
“The issue of the leadership debate is premature. We are not there yet. When the correct time comes the ANC branches will debate the issues. There will not be a plot.”
He said he had not yet discussed the report with Zuma.
Mkhize also rubbished claims that he was preparing to run as a deputy to Sexwale in a bid for the ANC presidency in 2012.
“I have no idea where that comes from,” he said.
Mkhize said the claims of corruption and criminal activity against him were “rubbish”.
He said while the contents of the report were defamatory and clearly “concocted” it was a “very, very serious concern” that members of the state security apparatus were involved in compiling or distributing the report.
Mkhize refused to speculate on whether ANC politicians could have been involved in the production or leaking of the report.
“It sounds to me that if this is work that came from crime intelligence, they really do need to be investigated. It seems there are individuals who are involved in trying to destabilise the province and the country. If they are allowed to do that they are going to destroy a lot of people in the process,” he said.
Police needed to probe who had compiled the report, how it was done and how it had been presented as a credible document.
“This cannot be allowed to continue… if it continues it has the potential to disrupt governance.
“No country needs the kind of institutions that generate this kind of rubbish. This needs to be nipped in the bud. I think there are elements at work here who need to be reined in or they are going to destroy the normal functioning of state institutions,” he said.