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Assessing and promoting civil and minority rights in South Africa.

[Source: amaBhungane by Sam Sole.]

“Is your phone tapped?” people often ask me. That’s because they’re aware I am involved, through amaBhungane, in sensitive investigations of state and corporate malfeasance.

“I don’t know, but I assume it is,” is always my answer. I’m not certain I am being monitored, but I have a pretty good hunch because, unlike most surveillance targets, I know that my phone calls were recorded at one time.

How do I know? Jacob Zuma told me, through his lawyer Michael Hulley.
It happened like this.

In 2009, when rumours of the so-called “Spy Tapes” started to surface in the midst of the campaign to have corruption charges against Zuma dropped, some of his acolytes boasted to me about how I featured on various recordings they had access to.

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South Africa at a Glance
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