Oilgate: Police probe the Mail & Guardian

The Mail & Guardian is being investigated by police national headquarters in an apparent bid to out the newspaper’s sources of information that Oilgate company Imvume Management diverted R11-million in public funds to the African National Congress.

Signs that the investigation enjoys top priority include:

  • It is being conducted by the commercial branch head office at police headquarters in Pretoria, a specialised crime fighting unit.

  • A police intelligence front company is assisting in the investigation. The front company is a leftover from the apartheid state’s dirty tricks arsenal.

  • Police this week took the highly controversial step of serving a Section 205 subpoena on MWeb, hosts of M&G Online. This appears to undermine earlier agreements between prosecuting authorities and the South African National Editors’ Forum.

M&G editor Ferial Haffajee said on Thursday: “This smacks of an abuse of state resources to shoot the messenger, while the guilty parties in the M&G’s Oilgate exposÃ


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