Intelligence inspector-general Dr Setlhomamaru Dintwe has confirmed that ANC secretary-general Ace Magashule on Sunday laid a complaint with his office regarding his phone being tapped.
Over the weekend, Magashule claimed that his phone and that of his deputy Jessie Duarte were bugged, accusing the state of being involved.
Dintwe says Magashule's complaint is elaborate enough to start a probe into the matter.
If somebody uses the complaint form we actually feel it is sufficient because that will be followed by further interviews with Magashule to sort of probe on the other issues that might not be necessarily elucidated upon in the complaint form.— Dr Setlhomamaru Dintwe, Inspector-general - Office of the Inspector-General of Intelligence
Dintwe says the matter is currently under preliminary investigation to see if it warrants being investigated further. This will be followed by a briefing to the Minister of State Security Agency Dipuo Letsatsi-Duba but it is not compulsory.
The office of inspector-general of intelligence is independent of the State Security Agency. We receive complaints and we deal with them.— Dr Setlhomamaru Dintwe, Inspector-general - Office of the Inspector-General of Intelligence
This may not even end up on the desk of Minister Letsatsi-Duba but may end up with Minister [of police] Bheki Cele.— Dr Setlhomamaru Dintwe, Inspector-general - Office of the Inspector-General of Intelligence
Dintwe has admitted that this is not the first time prominent politicians complain about their phone being bugged but denied that there could be a spike in such cases.
He referred to a complaint by South African Communist Party's Solly Mapaila and other ministers belonging to the party.
He says this matter has been dealt with.
If you were to ask me if there is a spike in the complaints of this nature at any given period I will say, no, we did not pick that pattern up. They are just coming to us following a normal trajectory.— Dr Setlhomamaru Dintwe, Inspector-general - Office of the Inspector-General of Intelligence
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