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State security employee claims he was coerced to confess

Three suspects were arrested for theft of about R17 million from State Security Agency’s offices.

State Security Agency logo. Picture: ssa.gov.za
State Security Agency,William Mmotong
Local

PRETORIA – A State Security Agency employee who has been arrested in connection with multi-million rand theft has accused the police of torturing him to obtain a confession. 

The details are contained in an affidavit he submitted in the Pretoria Magistrates Court in a bail application today. 

Three suspects have been arrested for the theft of about R17 million from the agency’s high-security Pretoria east offices. 

William Mmotong says in his affidavit that while in custody at a police station, investigators placed a plastic packet over his head as he was assaulted and tortured. 

Mmotong, who was the agency’s director general’s personal driver, says the police tried to force him to confess to the R17 million theft. 

His co-accused, Khayalethu Mgatelwa, who is head of security, was released on bail two weeks ago. 

A third accused, Albert Ramabele, made his first court appearance today after handing himself over to the police on Friday. 

The case will resume on Wednesday. 

(Edited by Refilwe Pitjeng)

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