Mphego has a checkered past that includes being linked to corruption charges against former president Jacob Zuma, and was accused of interfering with witnesses in the late former police boss Jackie Selebi‘s corruption case. He was also implicated in the book Khwezi, as the man who flirted with Zuma’s rape accuser, Fezekile Khuzwayo, while she was under police protection.
Mphego was previously identified as one of the men who “scuttled” Zuma’s corruption trial.
The Mail and Guardian reported in 2010 that, according to two independent sources, Mphego had provided Zuma with the so called “spy tapes” that included conversations between former Scorpions boss Leornard Mcarthy and former director of public prosecutions Bulelani Ngcuka.
The tapes led to then-NPA head Mokotedi Mpshe dropping the charges against Zuma in 2009, claiming political interference.
However, after a long legal battle by the Democratic Alliance, the courts found that the decision to drop the charges based on the so called spy tapes was “irrational”.
Zuma is now currently facing charges of corruption, fraud, money laundering and racketeering in the KwaZulu-Natal High Court.
Mphego was head of intelligence during former president Thabo Mbeki‘s tenure and was forced to resign in 2009 after he was accused of interfering with state witnesses in Selebi’s corruption trial.
A case of defeating the ends of justice against Mphego was later struck off the roll.
When asked if Mabuza had taken Mulangi’s past into account, Ngwenya responded: “Nothing untoward that would undermine his contribution to the work of building a prosperous nation has been brought to the attention of the office of the deputy president.
“As things stand, we are looking forward to him joining and bolstering the team of the office of the deputy president and we are confident that he will make the work of government effective,” Ngwenya said.