A plot to kill Nelson Mandela and a cover up by police. This‚ along with other evidence presented to the Cape Town High Court on Monday‚ is central to SAPS Major-General Andre Lincoln's claims for damages relating to a “malicious” investigation against him by police in the 1990s. In 1996 Mandela‚ who was then president‚ appointed Lincoln‚ as the head of a presidential investigating task unit‚ to head up a special undercover unit to investigate Mafia operations in South Africa. He investigated links between Mafia boss Vito Palazzolo‚ national police commissioner Neels Venter and ANC stalwart Pallo Jordan. Lincoln told the court he was also tasked with investigating a plot to kill Mandela on the day of his inauguration in 1994. Lincoln said the investigation “went nowhere” and that it was actively resisted by police up to the highest ranks. He told the court that “for the first time in South African history” a search warrant had to be obtained to search the police national headquarter...

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