Marleen Smith
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/ 28 November 2003

From accuser to accused

Former <i>City Press</i> editor Vusi Mona switched from accuser to accused on Friday before the Hefer commission. Advocate Marumo Moerane, counsel for National Director of Public Prosecutions Bulelani Ngcuka, told Mona he was "a disgrace to the journalistic profession".
<li><a class=’standardtextsmall’ href="">Inside the spy wars</a>
<li><a class=’standardtextsmall’ href="">’Mona discredited himself'</a>
<li><a class=’standardtextsmall’ href="">’I was reckless’ </a>

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/ 18 November 2003

Was Mac Maharaj a spy?

Liberation struggle veteran Mac Maharaj was asked on Tuesday to react to an allegation that he himself had been an apartheid agent. The former transport minister was shown a book during his cross-examination before the Hefer commission, in which he is accused of having been an apartheid government agent.
<li><a class=’standardtextsmall’ href="">Sparks fly at Hefer commission</a>
<li><a class=’standardtextsmall’ href="">’Mo Shaik fingered Ngcuka'</a>

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/ 18 November 2003

Arms deal probe uncovered spy allegations

The Hefer commission heard on Monday that spying allegations against National Director of Public Prosecutions Bulelani Ngcuka stemmed from the Scorpions’ arms deal investigation. Advocate Stephen Joseph, for former transport minister Mac
Maharaj, told Judge Joos Hefer that ”the whole saga” started with a Scorpions raid at Durban businessman Schabir Shaik’s premises in 2001.

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/ 5 November 2003

What is media freedom?

In a case seen as critical for all journalists, the definition of media freedom was heavily disputed on Tuesday in day-long arguments in the Bloemfontein High Court.

Judge president JP Malherbe and Judge DJ Lombard were hearing an urgent application by journalist Ranjeni Munusamy to set aside an order forcing her to testify before the Hefer commission. Judge Joos Hefer said Munusamy had the right to object to certain questions.

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/ 23 October 2003

Maharaj, Shaik again absent from Hefer

National Director of Public Prosecutions Bulelani Ngcuka’s main accusers, Mac Maharaj and Mo Shaik, were again absent from the Hefer commission’s public hearings on Thursday. Their absence on Thursday again robbed them of the opportunity to cross-examine witnesses who made allegations against them.
<li><a class=’standardtextsmall’ href="">Mac Maharaj’s ‘fishing trip'</a>
<li><a class=’standardtextsmall’ href="">ANC: Zuma need not testify</a>
<li><a class=’standardtextsmall’ href="">Former activists testify before Hefer</a>

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/ 22 October 2003

Witness links spy claim to Scorpions

Spy allegations against National Director of Public Prosecutions Bulelani Ngcuka may be motivated by his Scorpions unit’s corruption investigation against Mac Maharaj, the Hefer commission heard on Wednesday when Ngcuka’s former comrade-in-arms, Patrick Ntobeko ”Ntobs” Maqubela, testified.