- A document has been doing the rounds, which alleged Mabuza ordered the assassination of several politicians
- Now, his former head of security broke his silence on the document, which first surfaced in 2010
- Welcome Nkuna accused Mathews Phosa of trying to foil Mabuza’s election as the country’s vice president
Just before David Mabuza was elected as the South African deputy president, a document containing serious accusations of political assassinations circulated.
Now, his former head of security and protocol, Welcome Nkuna, had spoken up about the affidavit written by alleged Mozambican assassin Fabiano Emanuel Dos Santos, aka Josh.
Nkuna, who was employed in Mabuza’s Mpumalanga office, was named in the hitman’s document, which he wrote with help from late ANC politician James Nkambule.
In 2001, Nkambule accused now-president Cyril Ramaphosa, businessman Tokyo Sexwale and Mathews Phosa of conspiring to overthrow the head of state at the time, Thabo Mbeki.
It was not the first time the affidavit was circulated, the document first made rounds in 2010 following the murder of Mbombela speaker Jimmy Mohlala.
Mohlala was fatally shot in January 2005 after he started to uncover tender corruption in the R1.2 billion Mbombela stadium, News24 reported.
The document alleges Mabuza was the one who ordered Mohlala’s assassination, as well as the murdering of other politicians.
According to the document, Nkuna went to Mozambique to look for Dos Santos. Briefly.co.za learned the alleged hitman fled out of fear that he would be murdered.
Dos Santos’ relatives reportedly told Nkuna he was dead.
Nkuna took to social media to post a picture of Phosa, where he said “the master” played a part in the redistribution of the document.
He added it was an attempt by “the master” to foil the appointment of Mabuza as the country’s second in command.
Although he never mentioned Phosa’s name, Khuna listed a series of known incidents which pointed at Phosa.
“The rehash of the affidavit is nothing but a final kick of desperation, having failed to use a protection order against Mabuza”, the former head of security said.
Nkuna continued by referring to Phosa’s unsuccessful attempt to campaign for the AN presidency in 2017, saying even using the name of Nelson Mandela, people rejected them.
Fred Daniel, Phosa’s business partner, applied for a protection order against Mabuza, after the deputy president allegedly tried to influence government departments to deny him permits to keep the Big Five and other predators at his ecotourism and game reserve business, the Cradle of Life.
According to Daniel, Mabuza tried to run him out of the Badplaas area after he exposed the biggest and claims scandal 15 years ago.
Whether or not the court will grant Daniel a protection order against Mabuza would be announced in April.
According to another report, Mabuza was a spy for the apartheid government between 1985 and 1993, with the code-name PN485.
He was accused of ratting out the political activities of senior ANC leaders, including former South African president Jacob Zuma.
Mabuza opened a defamation case against Phosa for the ‘spy allegations’, where he tried to sue the politician and anti-apartheid activist for R10 million. However, Mabuza lost the case.
“I’m not going to dignify nonsense. He [Nkuna] did not mention my name; he will deny and say I’m a fool. I can’t even sue him.”, the South African deputy president said.
According to Nkuna, the attack on Mabuza’s political career started in 2008, after he won against Chiwayo, who he called the master’s “golden boy”.
Nkuna added they also tried and failed to ruin Mabuza’s election as the Mpumalanga ANC chairperson for a second term in 2012, as well as his campaign for deputy president in December.
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