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'Intelligence operative told me about Modise's role in Hani assassination'

Crawford-Browne says Hani may have been about to expose Modise's links to corruption before he was killed.

FILE: Arms deal activist Terry Crawford-Browne is seen at the Seriti Commission of Inquiry into the arms deal in Pretoria on Tuesday, 20 August 2013. Picture: Sapa.

JOHANNESBURG - Arms deal activist Terry Crawford-Browne says it was an intelligence operative who first told him former defence minister Joe Modise may have been involved in the assassination of Chris Hani.

Crawford-Browne told the Seriti Commission of Inquiry yesterday that Hani may have been about to expose Modise's involvement in corruption before he was killed in 1993.

The commission was set up by President Jacob Zuma to investigate allegations of fraud and corruption in the R70 billion deal.

Clive Derby-Lewis and Janusz Walus, are still behind bars after being denied amnesty for the killing of the then South African Communist Party (SACP) leader.

Crawford-Browne says he was given this information 15 years ago.

"It was through intelligence operatives that came to me in 1999 that this began to give some semblance of logic. It simply didn't ring true that Mr Janusz Walus on his own bat would go off and assassinate Mr Hani."

But the SACP's Alex Mashilo says these claims don't make sense.

"There's no doubt that Derby-Lewis and Walus were involved in the assassination and murder of Chris Hani."

The arms deal activist also says he was told Modise was poisoned in a way that would make it look like he had cancer.