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Vol 44 No 20

Published 10th October 2003

South Africa

Spies pop out of the past

Allegations that the official chief prosecutor was once a spy have split the leadership

South Africa's ruling African National Congress risks sinking deeper into a quagmire of spy-naming and mutual suspicion amidst suspected corruption in a multimillion pound arms deal (AC Vol 44 No 18). The spying row has for the time being relegated corruption in the arms deal to a back seat and has centred on allegations by ANC veteran Mac Maharaj, a confidant of former President Nelson Mandela and fellow Robben Island prisoner, that South Africa's National Director of Public Prosecutions, Bulelani Ngcuka, was a spy for the apartheid regime before the transition to democracy in 1994.

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