EXCLUSIVE: Mahlodi Muofhe cleared of falsifying academic records

In a letter sent to Muofhe by Inspector-General of Intelligence, Dr Setlhomamaru Dintwe on Wednesday, the SSA said the complaint about his qualifications was found to be without merit and the allegations untrue.

Mahlodi Sam Muofhe. Picture: Supplied

JOHANNESBURG - Eyewitness News has learnt that former head of domestic intelligence at the State Security Agency, Advocate Mahlodi Muofhe, has been cleared of allegations that he falsified his academic records.

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In a letter sent to Muofhe by Inspector-General of Intelligence, Dr Setlhomamaru Dintwe on Wednesday, the SSA said the complaint was found to be without merit and the allegations untrue.

Almost a year ago, Dintwe told eNCA that Muofhe was under investigation for allegedly falsifying his qualifications even though as the most senior official in domestic intelligence he had to have been vetted before being appointed to the role.

The claims were made in an anonymous complaint shortly before Dintwe told the media – and before alerting Muofhe.

The letter claimed the motive for the complaint and allegations could only be speculated.

The claims surfaced amid reports of a fightback campaign by some SSA employees who were opposed to several investigations into corruption at the agency.

Muofhe retired from SSA in July, after having been appointed by President Cyril Ramaphosa in 2019.

CIVIL LAWSUIT PLANNED

Muofhe told Eyewitness News on Thursday that he was finalising his civil lawsuit against the Inspector-General of intelligence over the allegations.

He said he could not comprehend how someone in a senior position could be capable of causing so much damage not only to him, but to the SSA and the country.

“I didn’t comprehend why someone in the office as high as the Inspector-General can be so reckless and jump into doing something that he knew was wrong other than the fact that he was playing to the gallery,” he said.

GREATER QUEST

He said while he had been vindicated, the damage done was far too great to ignore.

He resolved to continue legal action due to Dintwe’s poor handling of the matter and for a greater quest.

“I am doing it for South Africans because if we are to rebuild our country, we are not supposed to accept mediocrity creeping in in the way it did in terms of impugning my integrity.”

Moufhe added that he hoped such incidents would be a thing of the past now that the SSA had been relocated to the Presidency.

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