SA covered up Israeli missile theft


South Africa’s intelligence service covered up the theft and sale of locally produced missile technology to Israel, new cables have revealed.

Mossad cables from 2010 show that Israel had acquired blueprints for Denel’s Mokopa air-to-ground missile system.

The cables are just one of thousands of documents leaked by Al-Jazeera.

The Mossad document shows that two alleged salesmen were put on trial for the incident in South Africa, but that journalists were given false facts and the men were dismissed as “a joke”.

The State Security Agency (SSA) reportedly made a secret request for the technology to be returned to South Africa.

Israel agreed to return the blueprints with the condition that South Africa didn’t prosecute one Yitzhak Talia, an Israeli citizen involved in the scandal.