'What message are we sending by recycling someone who isn't fit to be spy boss?'

Former spy boss Arthur Fraser was threatening South Africa's democratic climate at the State Security Agency (SSA), says the Right to Know Campaign's Murray Hunter.

Government announced that Fraser has been moved out of the SSA and will now serve in the Correctional Services Department.

Read: 'Minister says she is taking allegations against Arthur Fraser very seriously'

Hunter says that President Cyril Ramaphosa was clearly forced into a political compromise to transfer Fraser, instead of suspending him.

It is possible that Fraser has not been suspended because he has damaging or highly-sensitive information in his possession, he argues.

Also read: Ramaphosa should act against spy boss Arthur Fraser, says Jacques Pauw

Hunter says there is a dominant perception that the Correctional Services Department is for useless government officials.

What message are we sending that we can recycle someone who isn't fit to be State Security Agency head, and then send him to prison?

Murray Hunter, National Coordinator of the Right2Know campaign

The good thing is that Arthur Fraser is not going to be in charge of the State Security Agency, which was a real threat.

Murray Hunter, National Coordinator of the Right2Know campaign

It's a worrying message. Many people do view the Correctional Services system as the dumping ground for officials and politicians who can't be placed elsewhere.

Murray Hunter, National Coordinator of the Right2Know campaign

There is already a case for criminal charges against Arthur Fraser and there are further charges, but they haven't been prosecuted. It feels like a permanent arrangement.

Murray Hunter, National Coordinator of the Right2Know campaign

Take a listen to Murray Hunter's analysis:


This article first appeared on CapeTalk : 'What message are we sending by recycling someone who isn't fit to be spy boss?'


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