Cosatu secretary general Zwelinzima Vavi says a bogus “intelligence report”, which describes him as a US agent, was circulated among senior ANC members to discredit him. Here are key claims from the report:
» Some judges of the Constitutional Court are on the payroll of the National Endowment for Democracy (NED) and their funds are deposited in the Cayman Islands.
» A Rwandan general is setting up military bases in South Africa. His forces are recruiting in South Africa, Botswana, Mozambique and Zimbabwe.
» This is a joint effort by Africans and the US. The National Endowment for Democracy (NED), among others, allegedly fund a covert project that funds the general’s activities.
» The report claims Vavi is among those who will form the advisory board for Agang. It suggests that the NED had approved R500 million funding for the party.
» It claims the NED worked with the team that prosecuted Jacob Zuma. It suggests that the organisation is involved in Marikana, service delivery protests and xenophobic violence.
» The report features a transcript of an alleged conversation between Vavi and the NED Africa division head. He tells Vavi that he needs to build organisation structures before the elections. But Vavi says he wants Cosatu to find him guilty and he will resign (from Cosatu) so that he can have a bigger following.
Karl Beck, who is mentioned in the report as a representative of the NED, could not immediately be reached for comment.
Agang’s Mamphela Ramphele previously denied that the party had received funding from the US.
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