PAC’s De Lille names ‘spies’


PAN Africanist Congress MP Patricia De Lille made an astonishing intervention in a debate on ‘spies’ by naming seven leading ANC figures as “spies”. She claimed that they were on a list of 12 alleged apartheid-era spies, which had been handed to President Nelson Mandela and Deputy President Thabo Mbeki.

De Lille’s intervention came in a debate over the treatment of a fellow PAC MP who had been interrogated for more than six hours by National Intelligence while being vetted for the parliamentary intelligence commitee.

De Lille said she could name seven of the 12 names on the alleged list: cabinet ministers Joe Modise, Stella Sigcau and Pennuell Maduna; deputy ministers Joe Nhlanhla and Peter Mokaba; premiers Mathews Phosa and Makhenkesi Stofile; and offical Ricky Nkondo.

The ANC has denied the existence of any such list, and challenged De Lille to make the same allegations outside parliament. De Lille’s allegations follow the resurrection of a thirty-year-old Robben Island feud, in which PAC leader Stanley Mogoba, jailed on the island in the sixties, is accused of having given evidence as a state witness at the trial of PAC guerrilla Enoch Zulu. Last night Zulu followed up the De Lille claims, by repeating his allegations against Mogoba on SABC television.

These are unprecedented times, and the role of media to tell and record the story of South Africa as it develops is more important than ever. But it comes at a cost. Advertisers are cancelling campaigns, and our live events have come to an abrupt halt. Our income has been slashed.

The Mail & Guardian is a proud news publisher with roots stretching back 35 years. We’ve survived thanks to the support of our readers, we will need you to help us get through this.

To help us ensure another 35 future years of fiercely independent journalism, please subscribe.


ConCourt settles the law on the public protector and interim...

The Constitutional Court said it welcomed robust debate but criticised the populist rhetoric in the battle between Busisiwe Mkhwebane and Minister Pravin Gordhan

Where is the deputy president?

David Mabuza is hard at work — it’s just not taking place in the public eye. The rumblings and discussion in the ANC are about factions in the ruling party, succession and ousting him

Press Releases

Covid-19 and Back to School Webinar

If our educators can take care of themselves, they can take care of the children they teach

5G technology is the future

Besides a healthcare problem Covid-19 is also a data issue and 5G technology, with its lightning speed, can help to curb its spread

JTI off to court for tobacco ban: Government not listening to industry or consumers

The tobacco ban places 109 000 jobs and 179 000 wholesalers and retailers at risk — including the livelihood of emerging farmers

Holistic Financial Planning for Professionals Webinar

Our lives are constantly in flux, so it makes sense that your financial planning must be reviewed frequently — preferably on an annual basis

Undeterred by Covid-19 pandemic, China and Africa hold hands, building a community of a shared future for mankind

It is clear that building a community with a shared future for all mankind has become a more pressing task than ever before

Wills, Estate Administration and Succession Planning Webinar

Capital Legacy has had no slowdown in lockdown regarding turnaround with clients, in storing or retrieving wills and in answering their questions

Call for Expression of Interest: Training supply and needs assessment to support the energy transition in South Africa

GIZ invites eligible and professional companies with local presence in South Africa to participate in this tender to support the energy transition

Obituary: Mohammed Tikly

His legacy will live on in the vision he shared for a brighter more socially just future, in which racism and discrimination are things of the past

The best local and international journalism

handpicked and in your inbox every weekday