The Inspector General of Intelligence‚ Sethlomamaru Dintwe has launched an investigation into the origins of the intelligence report which President Jacob Zuma relied upon to fire Pravin Gordhan.
Decision to unravel the origin of the so-called intelligence report was taken after DA MP David Maynier wrote Dintwe in March, asking him to investigate “whether any element within the national intelligence structure played any role in the production‚ or the dissemination‚ of the ‘intelligence report’‚ and if so, whether same amounted to a violation of the Constitution, any law‚ any regulation and/or any policy applicable to the national intelligence structure in South Africa.”
South African Communist Party deputy secretary general Jeremy Cronin called for an investigation into the origins of the report last week, during an address at a memorial service for Ahmed Kathrada in Cape Town.
Former national police commissioner Bheki Cele also rubbished the purported intelligence report, saying as someone who had worked with the intelligence community, he regards the so-called intelligence report as amampunge.
Zuma’s deputy Cyril Ramaphosa was also among ANC members who questioned the report’s validity.
On Monday, Maynier confirmed that the inspector general of intelligence has commenced an investigation into the matter.
He described the move as timely and needful since Zuma couldn’t come clean on the report he used as a pretext for the cabinet reshuffle which pulled the plug on the economy and triggered junk status in the country.
The IGI’s legal adviser, advocate Jay Govender, also told reporters on Monday that the investigation has started.
The so-called report alleges that former Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan and his deputy Jonas Mcebisi were planning to meet with international bankers to conspire against Zuma
On the contrary, last week, the ruling party accepted that Zuma dismissed Gordhan because of an “irretrievable breakdown of trust”, and not because of an intelligence report.
The African National Congress secretary-general Gwede Mantashe made it during an ANC NEC post-briefing at Luthuli House, Johannesburg.
Last week, Buzzsouthafrica reported that Zehir Omar, a lawyer for the Society for the Protection of our Constitution (SPOC) authored the Gordhan intelligence report.
Omar is a good friend of the Gupta family and a regular guest and analyst on Gupta-owned TV network ANN7.
As gathered, the lawyer wrote the so-called report based on confidential and highly sensitive information he received from Russian, Iran and Indian agencies.
The report was subsequently distributed to concerned parties, including Luthuli House after Omar had written the report.
Although, speculations have it that the document Omar compiled differed from the one President Jacob Zuma relied upon to justify his sacking of Gordhan and Jonas, however, both share same contents.
Both documents allegedly detailed how Gordhan planned to meet with companies in a bid to weaken Zuma’s government. More so, information on both documents was said to have been sourced from Russian, Indian and Iranian agencies.
On March 30, President Zuma, during a meeting with the South African Communist Party (SACP) alleged that Gordhan plans to weaken his government.
He, further, validated his claims by raising the Gordhan intelligence report on how Gordhan plans to meet foreign businesses to discredit him.
While the investigation is ongoing, the Inspector-General of Intelligence Sethlomamaru Dintwe says he can disclose how long it will take.
Watch: Gordhan rubbishes the intelligence report