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Thuli admits Mossad designed Nkandla




Public Protector Advocate Thuli Madonsela has admitted that she holds evidence that Israeli intelligence agency Mossad had designed the almost R250-mil “security upgrade” for President Zuma’s Nkandla homestead. In an exclusive interview with SA Jewish Report on Monday, Madonsela said she had not included this fact as it was “irrelevant to investigation or the findings.”

Madonsela said the Israeli state security agency had been called in because of their expertise in this area. “This is not the first time Government have consulted them (Mossad) about security matters,” said Madonsela, who seemed oblivious to what the fuss was all about.

Did she not know that the SA Government had taken a strongly opposed view of the Israeli military and civil intelligence agency’s activities (albeit now questionably after the Cape Town non-Declaration incident)? Asked Jewish Report.

Did she not think this was relevant and worth mentioning?

Madonsela took the unusual step of asking this reporter to meet her at her home last night where she could talk more “openly.”

Somewhat dismayed but quite up for the challenge, the writer duly arrived at advocate Madonsela’s home – to be greeted by some serious personal and police security.

All but the ‘fire-pool’ she admitted

“Come, come in,” she beckoned warmly as we took seats on opposite sides of her dining room table. The tough, famously-thick-skinned Madonsela asked what more we wanted to know.

Was it true that Mossad had designed all the security for Nkandla?

“Almost all,” she answered, then, softly, added “not the fire-pool” gesturing inverted commas when she said fire-pool.

Did she know of other ties between the SA Government and Israel?

AF Thuli after“Of course, there are many. Why do you think the Government saw to the sinking of the Cape Town Declaration?” she asked. “You’d be surprised how many cabinet members never move without a Mossad agent in their ‘blue light’ brigades” she said.

Why hadn’t she mentioned it in her report? 

“Heck, I’m more scared of the Mossad guys than I am of the President,” she said.

PIC RIGHT: SAJR’s lensman snapped the PP as she was explaining her fear of the Mossad

madonsela repeated, however, that the issue with Nkandla wasn’t the design of the security upgrade, but the corruption in the executing of the security upgrade. “And the fire-pool,” she added emphatically.

Off the record discussion

Madonsela then asked if we could talk off the record for a while. She opened a bottle of wine and shared a host of ties and relationships between Israel and South Africa – not least in agriculture and water purification.

She said that SA’s ambassador to Israel Sisa Ngombane and Israel’s ambassador to SA Arthur Lenk had made great strides and a huge amount of introductions to get trade and academic relations to great heights over the past year.

By the time the bottle of wine was done and dusted, it was after midnight. 

“We can go back on the record again,” said the PP.

“It’s now Tuesday 1 April and this has all been an April Fool’s joke on you!”


Why not forward this e-mail to your family and friends and pull the same April Fool’s hoax on them?

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  1. Darren Sevitz

    Mar 31, 2014 at 4:58 pm

    ‘You got me Ant’

  2. David Abel

    Mar 31, 2014 at 7:45 pm

    ‘In all my 80 years, this was the BEST April Fool’s joke, even better than the old one in the EP Herald, Port Elizabeth, of Sol Kerzner buying a part of Table Mountain, with a superimposed architectural drawing of a huge casino stretching halfway up the mountain!

    What a pity it is’nt true – it certainly would have set the cat among the pigeons.’

  3. Wayne

    Apr 1, 2014 at 5:26 am

    ‘As much as I enjoy April Fool’s jokes as much as the next person, this one I think was ill thought out and not in good taste.

    Firstly the jokes are supposed to be released on the 1st of April and to start with a \”build up\” is not in the spirit of the exercise. This information is available internationally and there are many people out there who would jump on information like this.

    Secondly, considering the current political climate both within SA and between SA and Israel, the subject matter is no fodder for jokes. There have been numerous articles locally and internationally that call into question SA/ Israel relationships and to further add fuel to the fire – even in jest- is ill advised.

    I don’t understand what the editorial board of the SAJR was thinking when they approved this stunt.’

  4. Ronnie

    Apr 1, 2014 at 6:21 am

    ‘I had a gut feel it was an April Fools Day prank even though it appeared a day before. It was an interesting read ‘

  5. Selwyn Davidowitz

    Apr 1, 2014 at 6:52 am

    The editor(s) – Jewish report

    This time you have seriously overstepped the mark! April fool or not the Nkandla issue is huge in our lives as South African Jews. Furthermore anything regarding Israel-SA relationships are delicate enough to want to be played on as an April fool joke. Worst of all is that you started this out last night already thus potentially starting a news bombshell going viral.

    Sometimes I have nightmare type thoughts about the Israel-SA debate. I am sure that many of your readers have the same experiences. To try and make light of this very important issue in our lives as SA Jews via an April fool joke simply fails your newspaper quality.

    In effect The Jewish Report today officially entered the gutter- SHAME ON YOU . 

    Selwyn Davidowitz

  6. Julian Gecelter

    Apr 1, 2014 at 12:33 pm

    ‘You can’t please all the people all the time :)’

  7. Appalled

    Apr 1, 2014 at 8:25 pm

    ‘I live overseas and found this article completely by chance. What a dangerous game toying with alleged Jewish control conspiracies, intimating that Israel – and by extension the Jewish community- is complicit in enabling a corruption scandal that for once unites all South Africans in shared betrayal and disgust. Surely the community has enough to deal with without you propagating inflammatory nonsense. Of course the idea that anyone of note would bother giving your newspaper the time of day is the real joke. ‘

  8. Daniel

    Apr 3, 2014 at 1:42 am

    ‘April 1 (a few years ago) the PSC plastered Wits with headlines saying Israel was sending S.A. electricity to help with loadshedding \”just as it sent uranium during Apartheid\”

     Seems fools never differ… Badly done JReport

    At least SAUJS made them take the posters down. Your article is still up??

    Ps:don’t confuse poeple feeling compelled to comment on this irresponsible \”journalism\” with stimulating debate’

  9. klafte al akbar

    Apr 4, 2014 at 5:29 pm

    ‘It is not true that all the sheep at Nphandla will be black’

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