The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) have a week to prove allegations that journalists Thandeka Gqubule and Anton Harber were apartheid-era Stratcom spies.
Gqubule obtained declassified documents proving that STRATCOM was, in fact, spying on her.
The accused journalists approached the courts to force the red berets to retract the statement they made during the time of Winnie Madikizela-Mandela's documentary and they want R1 million in damages.
Gqubule spoke to Karima Brown and explained the process she followed to get the classified documents and how the accusation impacted on her life.
We applied to the State Security Agency which I said I will do at the moment of accusation. We applied to Military intelligence, police intelligence, crime intelligence and all intelligence agencies.— Thandeka Gqubule, SABC Journalist and part of the SABC 8
There were colleagues of mine who were very close to the EFF; there was one particular colleague who told me ahead of discussing it with other people; put it in all the Whatsapp groups at the SABC that once a spy always a spy, told me to my face and actually incited other colleagues against me.— Thandeka Gqubule, SABC Journalist and part of the SABC 8
I took it as part of the victimisation process that all whistleblowers in organisations that have lost their moral compass, in organisations that have experienced capture and a disintegration like the SABC of old. This was the price we had to pay.— Thandeka Gqubule, SABC Journalist and part of the SABC 8
Gqubule says she will go to all lengths to have the EFF pay for the damage they have caused with their accusations.
I will do whatever is necessary so that those people who fight for a vulnerable truth in the face of populism have got money to fund their fights. I have all the energy in the world to take it to the hills, it's going to go down to the wire.— Thandeka Gqubule, SABC Journalist and part of the SABC 8
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