State Security Minister David Mahlobo has classified as "top secret" a parliamentary reply on an investigation into "Project Spider Web", a bizarre "intelligence report" that sought to smear senior officials in the National Treasury. The DA, which asked a parliamentary question about the investigation, has alleged that this is an attempt to "bury the information" about the controversial intelligence dossier. The report was circulated in government circles last year and alleges that in the dying days of apartheid, national intelligence and the white establishment hatched a plan to keep the nation’s finances under control — a plot said to have been funded by the Oppenheimers and the Ruperts. Former finance minister Nhlanhla Nene at the time dismissed the "Project Spider Web" report, saying it was not credible, but expressed concern about its intent, which appeared to be to undermine the integrity of the Treasury. Since then, the Treasury has been at the centre of the controversy over ...

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