The Sunday Times reports that the spyware tools used to steal s_exually charged emails between Cyril Ramaphosa and a number of young women in 2017 cost the South African taxpayer millions of Rands.

The newspaper says a device called Daedalus  and other software was procured for R53 Million. Of this amount, R41 Million was paid for social media monitoring software called Ripjar.

A more intrusive software called Ultra Profiler was procured, which was used to intercept Ramaphosa ‘s emails.

The company that supplied the software, I-view Integrated Systems (IIS), is owned by  Inban Kistiah. Another company that submitted a quotation, Perfect Source Professional Services, was owned by  a former emoyee of IIS.

The matter has came up as Cyril Ramaphosa last month asked Police minister, Bheki Cele, to ask the police commissioner, Kehla Sithole, to hand over all documents relating to the procurement of the spyware and grabber.

Ramaphosa is currently considering a request by Cele to suspend Sithole.

Please read the full story in today’s Sunday Times – 7 March 2021.