A huge civil suit involving staggering claims about the involvement of President Jacob Zuma, State Security Minister David Mahlobo and government intelligence agents in the formation of a new labour union aimed at destabilising anti-ANC labour union the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) is due to be heard in the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria on Friday.
According to Rapport and City Press, in April and May this year Thebe Maswabi, a founding member of the Workers Association Union (WAU), was suing Zuma, Mahlobo, Police Minister Nkosinathi Nhleko and Defence Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula for R120m.
Maswabi claimed that he had allegedly received large bundles of cash from covert intelligence agents to establish the WAU in Rustenburg in 2014.
According to Maswabi, he had been told to set up the new union so that it could draw support away from labour leader Joseph Mathunjwa’s Amcu.
Maswabi also claimed that Zuma had orchestrated the project and that he had met with the president several times before the plan was implemented. This included a meeting with Zuma in London.