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Treasury dismisses ‘Operation Spiderweb’ reports

Treasury says recent claims don't deserve a response and that it's investigating the origins of the document.

FILE: A document claims some senior personnel were involved in a plan to help apartheid agents control the country's finances. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The National Treasury says a document claiming to show that some of its senior personnel have been involved in a long, running plan to help apartheid agents control the country's finances, is not worthy of a response.

The Business Day website is reporting that the document claims the plan saw members of the apartheid establishment placing certain people within the ministry.

The paper's reporting that the document refers to this plan as 'Operation Spiderweb' and that its key figures were former finance minister Trevor Manuel and former treasury director general Maria Ramos.

It also claims current deputy director general Andrew Donaldson was called the 'emperor' under the plan.

But the Treasury says these claims don't deserve a response and that it's investigating the origins of the document.