Further details have emerged of Tiso Blackstar senior journalist Ranjeni Munusamy’s links to Crime Intelligence and how it was the unit’s former head Mulangi Mphego who had instructed she be helped financially.
This was the evidence of Colonel Dhanajaya Naidoo at the state capture commission on Monday where he is testifying via an audio link in order to protect his identity.
The colonel entered the witness protection programme in 2011 and has taken on a new name and is living at an undisclosed location.
Naidoo said he knows of four instances where journalists were either paid to make a story go away or where the unit paid journalists.
But he only has details about Munusamy, whose name was first mentioned two weeks ago after it emerged her car was allegedly paid off using funds from the secret service account.
Munusamy, who is currently on special leave, has denied the allegations, saying she intends to defend herself against them.
Naidoo said he received his instruction from the unit’s former head.
Meanwhile, Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo ordered that no information or images be published which could reveal Naidoo’s new identity or location.
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