South Africa: A Spy Who Works 'Diligently' Has Been Irregularly Employed At Embattled Prasa for a Year

With a straight face, chief executive officer Nkosinathi Sishi assured the media that Prasa head of security Mandisa Mokwena had a valid employment contract. The chairman, Khanyisile Kweyama, agreed and backed him. But it was all a lie.

In May 2017, Stephen Joseph SC, told the North Gauteng High Court that his client, Mandisa Mokwena, "went about her work diligently, that's her crime". That was for her work as a deep-cover agent for the State Security Agency while she also worked for the South African Revenue Service. For a year now she has been working diligently, and irregularly without a contract, as the head of security at Prasa, even as she spearheads a R5-billion investment programme that has not followed any procurement processes.

Mokwena was first brought in to work as a technical adviser to Sibusiso Sithole, the sixth person to serve as the interim chief executive officer of the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (Prasa). She was hired at double the annual salary of the person already performing that job.

(Mokwena's husband, Barnard Mokwena, who was Lonmin's foremost representative during the August 2012 strikes at its Marikana mine, was also a covert agent of the State Security Agency...

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