- Mar 26, 2010
More at:http://sbeta.iol.co.za/news/south-africa/western-cape/spies-infiltrated-bds-campaign-1955960Cape Town - Spies, allegedly working for a well-known private investigator, were purportedly paid to infiltrate a Palestine support group running a campaign to have Israeli goods removed from a major retailer’s shelves.
Members of Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions against Israel (BDS) South Africa this week claimed one of the alleged spies confessed she and two others in the campaign had worked undercover, apparently on behalf of Woolworths. The company has denied this.
Weekend Argus obtained a voice recording of a conversation between the alleged spy, a former police officer, and BDS. It reveals the spy joined BDS as a “volunteer” and was told to gather personal information about activists and their campaign plans.
BDS said spies were hired by Woolworths but the company denied this. “These allegations are simply untrue,” Woolworths said in a statement. In the voice recording, the alleged spy can be heard saying she had worked for the police but had left to work with a private investigator to earn more money. She mentions in the recording the name of a well-known private investigator from Joburg who she claims hired her for the Woolworths job.
“Woolworths hired him. It was somebody at the top,” she said.
Weekend Argus contacted the private investigator and he denied any involvement in the matter.
BDS also claimed a consultancy firm that Woolworths has employed to assist with its public image was possibly involved, but the firm denied this.
Throughout the recording, the alleged spy is nervous about disclosing her identity. “If my name is exposed it will have a ripple effect,” she said. “I signed a confidentiality (agreement) and they said they could take me to court.”
The person worked with BDS in Joburg, but also travelled to Cape Town where she claims her investigations continued.