November 22, 2023 Special Dispatch No. 10978

The Raven Project Leaks: Former South African President Reportedly Received $2 Million For Thabo Mbeki Institute In 2012

November 22, 2023
Qatar | Special Dispatch No. 10978

The following is a translation of a document in Arabic that was leaked as part of Project Raven.[1] The leaked Qatari document reportedly reveals that in 2012, during his tenure as Qatari Ambassador to South Africa, Salem Abdallah Al-Jaber paid $2 million to former South African president Thabo Mbeki

Qatari Embassy Pretoria

No. s/q/b/5/164                                                                                               November 28, 2012


His Excellency Dr. Khalid Bin Muhammad Al-Attiya

State Minister for Foreign Affairs

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs.


Re: Payment of the Emir's grant to Mr. Thabo Mbeki

Warm greetings,

I am pleased to inform your Excellency that the Emir's grant, which was transferred to the Embassy account on November 19, 2012, has been delivered as a transfer of 2,000,000 (two million) U.S. dollars to Mr. Thabo Mbeki, head of the Thabo Mbeki Institute and former president of South Africa. Please find attached an original reference signed by him and a photo of the bank transfer to the Embassy account.

For your information,

Respectfully yours,

Salem Abdallah Al-Jaber



[1] Project Raven was a confidential initiative to help the UAE surveil other governments, militants, and human rights activists ( See also MEMRI Special Dispatch No. 10966, Documents Reportedly Reveal 2010 Agreement Between Then French President Sarkozy And Then Qatari Crown Prince Tamim Bin Hamad, In Which Qatar Pledged To Pay Sarkozy 300 Million Euros, November 20, 2023.


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