Ex crime intelligence chief talks conspiracy

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Former police crime intelligence head and deputy national commissioner Mulangi Mphego (pictured) has made a series of allegations of espionage, blackmail, corruption and sabotage aimed at undermining the integrity of government

 

Mphego yesterday applied for a permanent stay of prosecution in the Randburg Magistrate’s Court where he faces a charge of defeating the ends of justice in connection with an investigation into charges of corruption against former national police commissioner Jackie Selebi.

 

Selebi is currently on trial in the South Gauteng High Court.

 

Mphego is accused of wrongfully procuring an affidavit from state witness Glenn Agliotti in January last year.

In his 70-page affidavit, Mphego details allegations of nefarious activities and hostile campaigns against the government from around 2003, Eyewitness News reports.

He alleges seven private entities, including financial houses, and 45 people, many of whom were private legal practitioners or within the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA), were involved in abusing the criminal justice system and compromising national security.

Mphego suggests a judicial “mafia” was running a protection racket at the time for commercial interests.

The Times reports the case was postponed to May 7 next year. Selebi’s trial was earlier this week postponed to February 1.

 

The South African Press Association reports the charge against Mphego follows his alleged involvement in the production of an affidavit by now-convicted drug trafficker Glenn Agliotti.

 

The Agliotti affidavit was filed with the Pretoria High Court in January last year in support of Selebi’s failed application to stop the NPA from prosecuting him.

 

The affidavit contradicted a previous statement made while Agliotti was in custody in connection with the murder of mining magnate Brett Kebble.

 

In that statement Agliotti detailed, among other things, money and gifts he had given to Selebi.

 

Agliotti contended he signed the January 4 statement at a meeting with Mphego and National Intelligence Agency director general Manala Manzini at the Balalaika hotel in Sandton, Johannesburg, believing it would help secure him indemnity in his pending criminal matters.

 

He claimed he was presented with the typed statement on a laptop, but did not read it and was led to believe it would never be made public.

 

In May, Mphego alleged the NPA was pursuing charges against him in a bid to quash his criminal investigation into Gerrie Nel, the prosecutor in the Jackie Selebi corruption matter.

 

At the time, Mphego was said to be investigating members of the NPA for abuse of office including espionage, corruption, leaking government information to newspapers, money laundering and blackmail.

 

The Star newspaper reports Mphego also insists that Manzini – not him – was the driving force in obtaining the vexed statement from Agliotti.