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State Capture Inquiry: R19 million cash withdrawn from SSA says anonymous witness

It came out at the State Capture Inquiry on Friday that R19 million was withdrawn from the State Security Agency. Here’s why.

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The Zondo commission’s State Capture Inquiry continued to hear evidence about the allegations of serious impropriety at the State Security Agency (SSA). We’ll include a video of the testimony below.

State Capture Inquiry recap – 29 January 2021

The unidentified witness – known only as Miss K – continued to lead damning evidence against the SSA. The evidence points to the agency being used to influence the 2017 ANC elections.

Miss K alleged that the SSA spent millions of rands prior to the ANC Nasrec conference in 2017. This money was appropriated to make payments to highly influential individuals; allegedly to deliver the ANC presidency to Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma.

According to the unidentified witness, the handwritten receipt for the payment shows that R19 million was to be paid to various individuals, including “kingmaker”, “Bra-J”, and “Vele”.

R19 million collected in cash

According to Advocate Paul Pretorius, the amounts to be paid were “R19 million collected in cash; R5 million to “Kingmaker,” R7.9 or R1.9 million to “Bra-J”, and presumably R900k to “Vele”.

As you would expect, the handwritten receipt is far from damning evidence, but according to Miss K, it forms part of a more extensive investigation into the SSA’s activities.

Empty chairs for delegates are seen on 20 December 2017, the final day of the 54th African National Congress at NASREC Expo Centre in Johannesburg. Photo: AFP/WIKUS DE WET

According to Miss K, an individual only named as Helen withdrew R224 million for covert operations during the same period. These withdrawals happened from 2014 to 2018. These R224 million in withdrawals were also the subject of further investigation, according to Miss K.

In addition to the claims of the irregular spending prior to the Nasrec conference, Miss K also noted that operatives who were no longer working when the Special Operations Unit had closed were recalled and assigned duties for the Nasrec conference.

Miss K stated that these operatives were believed to have been deployed in an attempt to stop Cyril Ramaphosa’s bid for the presidency as well as in response to the Zuma must fall and Protect Luthuli House campaign.

Miss K’s evidence was given in confirmation of another unidentified witness, Mr Y’s testimony. As a result, Miss K admitted that some of her testimony didn’t come from first-hand knowledge on her part.

However, she did confirm that spending by the Director General’s office increased to R303 million in the year of the Nasrec conference. This is a significant increase from the previous year, where the office spent just R42 million.

In addition, Miss K confirmed that the central directorate for security operations – CDSO had been inactive since early 2017 only to re-activated before the Nasrec conference.

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