He was instrumental in the scuttling of the corruption and rape case against Jacob Zuma
Mulangi Mphego once led a long running intelligence operation as the head of SAPS Crime Intelligence that resulted in the scuttling of the corruption case against Jacob Zuma .
Mphego was not only instrumental in the withdrawal of the Zuma corruption case, he tried to scuttle the corruption case against Jackie Selebi and he played a central roll in the scuttling of the rape case against Jacob Zuma .
Mpegho was once described as: That chap who has always been the dark horse behind Zuma.
According to a book called Kwezi , written by Redi Tlhabi, Mulangi Mphego flirted with Kuzwayo in the safe house in which she was staying and asked her to sit on his lap.
This would later be used to paint her as a "loose woman" who initiated sex with Zuma .
This was just one of the things that happened in an underhanded Crime Intelligence campaign before the Zuma rape trial .
After the trial Kwezi became an exile in the Netherlands .
She died in 2016 .
READ : How Zweli misled Khwezi
Mphego led the long running intelligence operation that ultimately led to the withdrawal of the 783 corruption charges against Jacob Zuma .
You will be gobsmacked when you hear what this operation was called .
It was called Operation Destroy Lucifer !
Should have been called Operation Protect Lucifer !
Mphego was at the head of this operation that ultimately led to the spytapes, recorded phone conversations between Leonard McCarthy, then head of the Scorpions, and Bulelani Ngcuka , a former NPA head .
These spytapes were then not only leaked to Zuma’s lawyer, Michael Hulley, but personally played to Jacob Zuma at a safehouse in KwaZulu -Natal by Mphego .
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What is important to note is that the same names , many still employed in the still captured National Prosecuting Authority [ NPA ] , pop up time and time again .
This will become clear as you read further .
It becomes clear that Mpegho was the go-to guy for ANC strongmen , be it Jacob Zuma or Jackie Selebi .
Mpegho knows where the bodies are buried .
He also know how to bury bodies .
Zuma’s story is a like an interwoven piece of fabric with the same names popping up like a golden thread, or in this case like a rotten thread .
And Mphego is as rotten as can come .
Jacob Zuma carefully put together and crafted a very loyal cabal in the Police Crime Intelligence, National Intelligence and National Prosecuting Authority , even before he became President .
This he did to scuttle criminal cases against him and stay one step ahead of his opponents .
Mulangi Mphego was one of Zuma’s most loyal servants .
To set the background, we have to first examine what the spytapes were .
An amaBhungane Centre for Investigative Journalism article explained exactly what the spytapes were .
It also contained the startling claim, not yet widely known, that the acting NPA head who withdrew the Zuma corruption charges, Mokotedi Mpshe , might have committed fraud to keep a sexual relationship a secret .
Read further and you will see .
This is my summary of that article :
The spytapes were the result of a full blown SAPS Crime Intelligence operation, dating back to 2003, called Operation Destroy Lucifer, targeting around 45 people in the NPA and Scorpions .
People like Leonard McCarthy and Gerrie Nel were targeted.
Another interesting fact is that then commander of SAPS Crime Intelligence, Mulangi Mphego, at one point in the endless prosecutoral wars stated under oath that these phone intercepts reveal that the NDPP who decided not to charge Zuma, Mokotedi Mpshe, had an affair with a prosecutor in Kimberley and that he allegedly approved fraudulent travel claims by her in order to pursue the relationship with him.
Nice blackmailing material don’t you think?
And since Mphego was the one who made the claim, did he not also use the information to blackmail Mpshe ?
[ Mphego made the affadivit to another pro Zuma acting national head of the NPA, Menzi Simelani, to motivate the withdrawal of criminal charges laid against him by Adv Gerrie Nel at the time , after Mpegho interfered in Nel's prosecution of Jackie Selebi . ]
In the amaBhungane article it is also clearly stated that Mpegho in 2007 approved an application to conduct phone and electronic intercepts of 6 targets on the basis that they are drug suspects.
One of those "suspects" was Leonard McCarthy.
Mpegho's successor , Richard Mdluli , also approached Prince Mokotedi, head of the NPA "Integrity" Management Unit in September 2007, to ask for help in his investigation of Gerrie Nel.
Mokotedi referred him to Adv Nomgcobo Jiba.
[ Prince Mokotedi replaced General Shadrack Sibiya as head of the Hawks in Gauteng , and is still serving in that post today, after charges were trumped up against Sibiya and General Anwa Dramat , then national Hawks head, in the so called Zimbabwe rendition matter . ]
Jiba of course had an axe to grind with Gerrie Nel, because he secured the conviction of her husband, an attorney by the name of Booker Nhantshi , for theft of trust funds.
She would later go to considerable lengths to procure an arrest warrant for Gerrie Nel to thwart Nel's investigation of Jackie Selebi.
Nel was eventually arrested but the case was eventually withdrawn .
Jiba was also in frequent communication with Adv Lawrence Mrwebi of the NPA , who provided an affidavit in support of Mdluli’s investigation of Nel.
Nothing came of the investigation of Nel, as we all know.
Jacob Zuma would later expunge the criminal record of Booker Nhantshi, and he was appointed to a government job.
Jiba was internally charged for her actions, but after a labour court case, Mpshe approved an out of court settlement and she was reinstated.
Off course Jiba took over as NDPP from Menzi Simelane, and Jiba and Mrwebi shielded Mdluli from prosecution even though a Hawks dossier implicated him in the theft of millions from the SAPS secret account.
The existence of this cabal in the NPA, now led by Shaun Abrahams, exist to this very day .
What the motives of these captured people are is something that we can only speculate about , but advancement of their careers, ideological reasons and mutual back scratching are some of them .
We have for instance seen how Jiba owed Zuma after Zuma expunged the criminal record of Jiba's husband and appointed him to a government job .
Marianne Tham from the Daily Maverick recently wrote this :
"The Priority Crimes Litigation Unit, which has been abused as a key structure within the NPA to target perceived enemies of former President Jacob Zuma and the State Capture project, is behind the recent charging of former deputy SARS Commissioner Ivan Pillay and colleagues Johann van Loggerenberg and Andries Janse van Rensburg under a recycled case number that was last used to unsuccessfully persecute Pravin Gordhan in 2016.
The unit, under Dr Torie Pretorius, has targeted an impressive list of corruption busters including Johan Booysen, Shadrack Sibiya, Anwa Dramat, Robert McBride, Paul O'Sullivan, Pravin Gordhan and Glynis Breytenbach.
The ghosts of the Zuma era are yet to be exorcised ."
I quote from above article :
Booysen, who is rumoured to be making a comeback soon as a special adviser to recently appointed Minister of Police Bheki Cele, wrote inDecember 2017 that is “an open secret that Maema” as well as other prosecutors in what he describes as a “cabal” in the NPA had been promised promotions (which end up being rather fun retirement packages when the time comes).
Everyone knows that Jiba has the ear of Jeff Radebe, then Minister of Justice and now Minister of the Presidency. In fact she (Jiba) was Radebe’s preferred candidate for the NDPP job,” wrote Booysen.
Booysen said Advocate Maema had perjured himself on two occasions in court papers.
He lied under oath in the GCB v Jiba and in Booysen and others v the NDPP. He misrepresented evidence and lied in a memo when he and Noko (Advocate Moipone Noko, the KZN Hawks boss, will be leading Jacob Zuma’s prosecution – Ed) persuaded Abrahams to prosecute me for racketeering. Maema also controversially removed advocates Gerrie Nel and Andrea Johnson from the prosecution team in the Brett Kebble matter,” said Booysen.
Over and above this, Maema had also removed Gerrie Nel from the case in the prosecution of Crime Intelligence boss Mulangi Mphego who had links with Selebi.
And while Booysen said he had lodged criminal charges with the Hawks against Maema for perjury, Daily Maverick’s questions to the DPCI spokesperson Brigadier Hangwani Mulaudzi with regard to progress in the case were ignored ”
The criminal case against Mulangi Mpegho was struck from the roll after the State was not ready to proceed – something that also happened in the Julius Malema fraud case .
Mphego faced a charge of defeating the ends of justice for his alleged intervention to obtain an affidavit from drug dealer Glenn Agliotti in support of former police boss Jackie Selebi.
The state, represented by a new team headed by advocate Dan Dakana, argued that it could not proceed with the matter because it still needed to familiarise itself with the merits of the case.
That came after the previous prosecution team, headed by state advocate Gerrie Nel, was removed from the case in March 2010 by prosecutions boss Menzi Simelane, citing that it had too much on its plate.
If a case is struck from the roll, it is supposed to stand down until the State is ready to proceed, it can be placed on the roll at any time, something which did not happen from 2010 onwards in the Mpegho case .
So it is possible for the case to be put back on the roll, even today.
This time by Adv Gerrie Nel, now with Afriforum's private prosecutions team !
For more background on Adv Gladstone Maema and capture of the NPA please read the following: