PAC ac­cuses ANC-led state of pro­tect­ing apartheid spies

The New Age (KwaZulu-Natal) - - Politics - HLONI MASHIGO

THE Pan African­ist Congress of Aza­nia (PAC) spokesper­son Ken­neth Mok­gatlhe said that as a mat­ter of cre­at­ing a new path, the na­tion needed to know the face­less in­form­ers, spies, impimpis and agents who worked for the for­mer Na­tional Party.

“We want to know what has be­come role of these agents in mod­ern day pol­i­tics es­pe­cially in the after­math of 1994. Has the post-1994 demo­cratic gov­ern­ment in­her­ited them and placed them on the state’s pay­roll and what has be­come their task?” Mok­gatlhe said.

He said that if this was not ad­dressed and dealt with the mat­ter would haunt the coun­try and would con­tinue to cre­ate de­bates as in the case of the re­cent Win­nie doc­u­men­tary.

“The cut and de­par­ture from the rest even in terms of oper­a­tion is very crit­i­cal for the psy­che of the na­tion,” he said.

He said South Africa would never rest un­til it knew the spies who were around and said that they should be made known.

The party said that the gov­ern­ment must cut ties with the past.

“The post-1994 gov­ern­ment con­tin­ues to share many things (op­er­a­tions) in­clud­ing pro­tec­tion of agents on the pay­roll of the apartheid gov­ern­ment work­ing against the cause of the lib­er­a­tion move­ment in­side and ex­ter­nal to our coun­try. The gov­ern­ment has no re­spon­si­bil­ity to pro­tect agents in the lib­er­a­tion or­gan­i­sa­tions while serv­ing the ‘boers’,” he said.

“The role of In­spec­tor-gen­eral is crit­i­cal in this ex­er­cise and the man­date of the should in­clude de­clas­si­fi­ca­tion of in­for­ma­tion and that of­fice must at all ma­te­rial times be pro­tected by all of us against any en­croach­ment as we have seen in the lat­est news that there was a plan to at­tack it,” he said.

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