Newly appointed State Security Minister, Dipuo Letsatsi-Duba, has announced, in a communiquè, to all agents and staff of the State Security Agency, that she will be revetting all the employees.
Is this a departmental restructuring or a purge aimed at flushing out spooks deemed loyal to the former director-general Arthur Fraser and former president Jacob Zuma?
Speaking to Bongani Bingwa former head of the South African Secret Service Mo Shaik says one needs to take a huge step back to the 1991-94 period.
It is there that the intelligence services by their own analysis of the situation arrived at the conclusion that for South Africa to move forward, you needed a negotiated settlement.— Mo Shaik, Former Head of the South African Secret Service
He adds that that is where the intelligence service was on top of their game.
Under the period of Zuma this was all amalgamated all into one agency, the SSA and that was the beginning of the problem.— Mo Shaik, Former Head of the South African Secret Service
He says the first problem was too much concentration on the power of one organisation. Secondly, there were inappropriate recruitment policies and thirdly, the SSA was directed toward political intelligence because that mirrored the ambitions of the then president.
Listen below to the full interview: