Neshunzhi testified that he was then sent for training by the state security agency after his investigations could not uncover anything. It was later found that there was no leak on the president’s documents and that information in the public domain had come from the presidency through a media statement.
Neshunzhi said he initially did not find anything wrong with Fraser’s call as he thought he was to alert him of a security risk involving the office. He was, however, taken aback when Fraser, who was head of state security, spoke to him about internal operational matters at the office of the public protector.
“So I did not feel at odds, I thought he was just performing his functions,” Neshunzhi said.
“Of course when he told me that I was not providing sufficient support to the [public protector] I got concerned because I did not know in which way I was not proving that support.”
His investigation into the purported leak of the document’s from the president was what broke the boughs back.
“I subsequently received a telephone call from Mr Fraser, and was informed that I was not providing the support to the [public protector] as I was hired to do. He advised that the [public protector] was complaining about my lack of support.
“At the time I did not know how precisely I was said to have failed in my job as this was not directly relayed to me by [Mkhwebane]. I did not know how I failed to support [her]. As far as I was aware, there was no security issue and when the [public protector] went on roadshows, I ensured this all the arrangements were completed and fulfilled my responsibilities,” he said.
The call by Fraser became a point of interest in the parliamentary inquiry with MPs attempting to uncover the level of relationship Mkhwebane had with intelligence operatives.