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Amended terms of enquiry for Hefer inquiry

12th November 2003

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The Hefer Commission of Inquiry - probing spying allegations against National Director of Public Prosecutions Bulelani Ngcuka - resumes its public hearings today in Bloemfontein.

President Thabo Mbeki yesterday "amended and clarified" the commission's terms of reference.

The Office of the Presidency said in a statement yesterday that the change to the terms of reference was necessitated by the need to clarify the fact that the commission was not required to investigate whether Justuce Minister Penuell Maduna was an agent of the apartheid government, and that the alleged abuse of power related only to the Office of the National Director of Public Prosecutions.

The African Christian Democratic Party said yesterday that its leader, Reverend Kenneth Meshoe, would address the Cape Town Press Club tomorrow on "the issue of why the government chose to investigate spy allegations rather than corruption allegations".

A number of witnesses from the intelligence and media communities have been subpoenaed to appear before the commission this week.

These include members of intelligence organisations from both the apartheid era and the post-1994 government.

Among the witnesses scheduled to be called today are apartheid-era police chief General Johan van der Merwe and National Police Commissioner Jackie Selebi.

Three journalists were summoned to testify tomorrow. They are Elias Maluleke from City Press, former senior Sunday Times political correspondent Ranjeni Munusamy, and e-tv editor-in-chief Joe Thloloe.

From Monday Ngcuka's main accusers, Mac Maharaj and Mo Shaik, will be called to the stand.

Commission secretary John Bacon said yesterday no proving documents had been received yet as requested from the summoned.

He also received no notice of any of them refusing to attend the scheduled hearings.

Today's hearings will start at 9am at the Iustitia Building in Bloemfontein. – Sapa.

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