South Africa: Robert Mcbride - the Biggest Threat to SA National Security Comes From Within


The only other time I have lived like that was as an activist during the apartheid years, said McBride... The minds of those involved in corruption are not anywhere near the issue of constitutionality and respect for the law. They are in it for greed and survival.

In 2016, as then president Jacob Zuma's State Capture project reached peak feeding frenzy, the country's Minister of Police, Nathi Nhleko, deliberately employed a convicted jailbird with a fake SA citizenship as the Chief of Staff in his office. Nhleko also circumvented the usual security clearance processes for this sensitive position.

As Chief of Staff, Zimbabwean citizen Leon Moyo, a.k.a. Lionel Mbangwa, was given access to highly classified information being sent to the Minister of Police's office. The question then, McBride asked the Zondo commission on Tuesday, is "why would a government minister want an illegal immigrant as his Chief of Staff?"

It gets worse.

Nhleko, who was appointed by Zuma in May 2014, must have known Lionel Mbangwa was not who he said he was. Instead of obtaining security clearance through the usual vetting process by the State Security Agency, Nhleko turned instead to IPID to slip Moyo/Mbangwa into the system.


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