SA Communist Party leader Blade Nzimande has accused the Independent Group of newspapers of "unpatriotic" behaviour for employing former Scorpions investigator and supposed author of the Special Browse Mole Report, Ivor Powell, writes Nkululeko Ncana in The Times.

At an SACP rally in Khayelitsha, Cape Town, yesterday, Nzimande attacked the newspaper group and told a packed hall that Powell's employment was part of an "agenda" to "spread more lies" about government leaders and the ANC.

"We are condemned every day by the media as supporters of President Jacob Zuma. But here is a professional information peddler being employed by the biggest newspaper group in this country. We must make it clear that they are employing somebody who is a threat to the security of the state," Nzimande said.

Powell and former Scorpions' boss Leonard McCarthy came under fire in 2007 when the leaked report surfaced. It revealed damaging information that suggested that Zuma was part of a plot to overthrow then president Thabo Mbeki.

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