Minister of State Security, David Mahlobo says his department has concrete evidence that there are NGOs working with foreign forces to destabilise the country.
Xolani Gwala spoke to Mahlobo following his budget speech on Tuesday, where he said there are NGOs and some South Africans working with “foreign forces” to destabilise the country.
In his speech, the minister said, “Our NGOs play an important part in South Africa, but there are those who work to destabilise the state.”
Speaking on the Afternoon Drive, Mahlobo said action will be taken against South Africans and NGOs destabilising the country.
He says his speech was intended to tell South Africans what's happening, so they know why law enforcement takes place when it does.
The other thing I have always said since I became a minister, I said that the question of national security, I'm making it a societal issue because for you to do unconstitutional regime change you need collaborators, whether they collaborate knowingly or unknowingly.— David Mahlobo, Minister of State Security
There are NGOs that are being used, either by state or non-state actors, as an instrument, because in an intelligence world you would have various entities to be able to push certain issues. So that at the of the day, you're able then to either impose a puppet government through certain issues of destabilisation. And we have been in a position to say, there is a destabilisation that is taking place in our country.— David Mahlobo, Minister of State Security
We have gathered information. We have spoken as law enforcement agency what needs to be done. But we have a duty that whatever action we take as law enforcement agency, South Africans need to know why we are taking this.— David Mahlobo, Minister of State Security
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